Common Questions

Common Questions About LASIK eye surgery

Q: Is LASIK painful?

A: Most people experience no pain throughout their LASIK eye surgery, however patients will experience a mild discomfort primarily during the flap creation part of the process. After the surgery some people do report irritated eyes or slight discomfort.

Q: Has anyone ever gone blind from a Laser Vision Correction Procedure?

A: At this point in time there have been zero reported cases of total loss of vision.

Q: Is all LASIK eye surgery the same?

A: There are various types of laser vision correction and LASIK eye surgery. If you would like a more detailed explanation of the various types of LASIK eye surgery please visit our webpage on how LASIK works. Common types of LASIK eye surgery you may have heard of include: LASIK, LASEK, PRK, Advanced Surface Ablation, IntraLASIK, Blade-FREE LASIK, iLASIK, ladarvision, allegretto LASIK. Laser vision correction is typically performed by the same standards but technology

Q: Are laser vision correction procedures covered by insurance?

A: Few insurance policies cover Laser Vision Correction, however, we would be happy to check yours when you come in for a consult. Remember patient financing plans are also available. We use Care Credit with 0% Financing Options.

Q: What if I blink during the LASIK eye surgery?

A: This is a very common question and we tell our patients to not worry about this. A LASIK speculum will be used to keep your eyelids held back. There will be no physical way that your eyelids will be able to blink.

Q: Can both eyes be done at the same time?

A: In the majority of all cases, both eyes are done at the same time. But you may elect to have one eye done at a time.

Q: “Why not go to a discount Laser Vision Correction center?”

A: With laser vision correction, safety, outcomes, and patient satisfaction should be the deciding factor behind the center you choose, not cost.

Q: “Is Laser Vision Correction for everyone?”

A: Laser Vision Correction is not necessarily for everyone. The best way to determine your candidacy is with a proper screening and thorough evaluation.

Q: “I am very busy at work. What type of time commitment is needed to have LASIK?”

A: This is a state-of-the-art procedure, which requires minimal time for the patient. The actual procedure lasts under 10 minutes per eye. Most patients can go back to work the very next day.

Q: Will I have 20/20 vision following laser vision correction?

A: While the overwhelming majority (98%) of our laser vision correction patients achieve corrected vision of at least 20/40 or better, the possibility of needing further enhancement surgery remains. This possibility varies among patients, depending on the degree of original refractive error. Laser vision correction enhancements at our Indianapolis and San Diego locations require no further payment from our patients within the first year of the original procedure.

20/20 is the current standard for excellence in vision. But, as shown in a clinical study, individuals undergoing the CustomVue™ procedure have the potential to see even better than 20/20. In fact, one year after the CustomVue™ procedure, nearly 70 percent of clinical study participants saw 20/16 or better.

  • 100% of the clinical study participants could pass a driving test without glasses or contacts
  • 98% of the clinical study participants could see 20/20 or better without glasses or contacts
  • 70% of the clinical study participants could see 20/16 or better without glasses or contacts

In addition, many participants reported that they had clearer, better vision both during the day and at night, compared to their vision with glasses or contact lenses before the procedure.

What kind of laser is used for vision correction?

The Excimer laser is used in LASIK eye surgery to correct refractive errors by reshaping and polishing the cornea. The Excimer laser produces a cool ultraviolet beam that removes molecular layers of corneal tissue without damaging or burning the surrounding tissue. Each pulse removes only one fourth of a micron, giving the Excimer tremendous precision. As a comparison, a human red blood cell is over thirty times as thick as the amount of cornea removed with one Excimer pulse. Most patients have their vision corrected while removing an amount of corneal tissue comparable to the thickness of a human hair. Originally invented to serve as a manufacturing tool for IBM computer chips, the Excimer laser’s potential for laser vision correction was discovered in 1983. During laser vision correction surgery, a computer programmed specifically for each patient controls the Excimer laser. LASIK has helped millions of Americans see without corrective lenses.

At his laser vision correction centers in Indianapolis, Indiana Dr. Lanter utilizes the VISX Star S4™ Laser with CustomVue™ technology, a state-of-the-art system that tracks the slightest eye movements during surgery so patients receive the most accurate and predictable results.

What is a CustomVue WaveScan™?

WaveScan™ technology provides a measurement and a visual representation of your vision based on the behavior of light waves. It compares light passing through your eye to the same light pattern from an eye that needs no vision correction.

WaveScan™ technology identifies and measures imperfections in an individual’s vision 25 times more precisely than standard methods used for glasses and contact lenses. Laser vision correction is based on precise measurements of the imperfections in your vision. These measurements are taken with a powerful tool known as WaveScan™. The WaveScan™ information is transferred to the laser to guide the treatment.

Schedule a Free LASIK


Seeking an Indiana LASIK eye doctor? Would you like to learn about the potential benefits of LASIK eye surgery? Schedule a LASIK consultation.

Blade Free LASIK with Intralase

The safest LASIK is now available in Indianapolis. Call us to learn why Intralase™ Blade-FREE LASIK is the safest LASIK. BladeFREE LASIK with Intralase™ has been approved both by NASA and the US AirForce. Instead of using a mechanical blade to create the LASIK flap we use Intralase technology which uses a laser instead of a blade to create the first step in the LASIK procedure. To learn more about LASIK eye surgery please visit our web pages on both Intralase Blade Free LASIK and LASIK eye surgery.

The Lastest Technology Intralase Corp

For LASIK eye surgery, Dr Lanter utilizes the advanced VISX Star S4™ Laser with CustomVue™, a state-of- the-art system that provides the most accurate and predictable results for LASIK laser eye surgery.

Financing Options

We offer 0% financing, on approved credit with low fixed monthly payments, no down payment and no pre-payment penalty.

10610 N. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46280
Phone: 317.844.6269
Toll: (866)247-2020

747 East County Line Road
Suite M, Greenwood, IN 46143
Phone: 317.844.6269
Toll: (866)247-2020

Clearwater Springs
5025 E. 82nd Street
Suite 2300, Indianapolis, IN 46250
Phone: 317.598.2020
(Near Marsh Supermarket and next to Panera)