Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is laser vision correction painful?

A: Laser vision correction is not painful. Anesthetic eye drops are used before and throughout the procedure so your eyes are numb.

Q: How long does the procedure take?

A: You can expect to be at the laser center for about 2 hours total; the procedure itself takes less than 10 minutes per eye.

Q: How will I know which procedure to get?

A: Although LASIK is the most commonly performed procedure by Dr Arffa, for some patients PRK is a better choice. Dr. Arffa will review your eyes and your needs and together, you and Dr Arffa will select the most appropriate procedure.

Q: What kind of follow-up care is involved?

A: You will be seen the day following your procedure and again during the first week. Typically, there will also be a 1 month, 3 month, 6 month and 12 month appointment at no charge.

Q: What is the price and what does it include?

A: The total cost will depend on what the best procedure is for you. All patients are offered the most advanced technology, including wavefront guided custom laser treatment and IntraLase flap creation. There are no additional charges for patients with high corrections or astigmatism. We also have financing with 12 months no interest, and no down payment. This price includes all follow-up care and enhancements for 1 year.

Q: Does my insurance cover laser vision correction?

A: Some insurance companies will extend a discount for laser vision correction, our laser vision coordinator will be happy to help you find out any information that you may need. Click here for more information about LASIK affordability.

Q: What results can I expect?

A: While results may vary, we expect the vast majority of our patients to see 20/20 or better. 99% will see 20/40 or better. Using wavefront guided laser vision correction as many as 98% are expected to see 20/20 or better. During your consultation, Dr. Arffa will discuss expected results.

Q: Am I a good candidate?

A: There are several factors to consider in determining whether or not you are a good lasik candidate. The only way to know is by coming in for a consultation to have your eyes measured and to discuss laser vision correction with an expert. You must be in good general health, at least 18 years old, have a stable prescription, and be free of eye disease, such as cataracts. Learn more about LASIK candidacy.

Q: What Laser does Dr. Arffa use?

A: Dr. Arffa utilizes the VISX star S4 IR Excimer Laser. VISX is recognized worldwide for bringing innovation and breakthrough technology to laser vision correction.


A: VISX custom individualized laser vision correction is setting a new standard for laser vision correction. Just like a fingerprint, each person's vision is 100% unique to their eyes. A wave front analysis is taken of the eyes, revealing imperfections that were not always detectable with previous methods of measuring your eyes. We can now address the unique imperfections of each individual's vision and provide them with the potential to experience better vision than possible with glasses or contact lenses. Learn more about Custom LASIK.


A: INTRALASE is the first blade-free laser technology for performing the critical first step of the LASIK procedure: Creating the corneal flap. INTRALASE makes LASIK safer by replacing the hand-held microkeratome blade with the computer–guided precision of a laser. While LASIK has proven to be a successful and relatively safe procedure, the majority of complications with LASIK have arisen from the microkeratome. Learn more about Intralase.

Q: Why choose Dr. Arffa?

A: The surgeon is an important decision. Make sure to take the time to ask questions and then consider your choices carefully. A primary consideration is the training and experience of the ophthalmologist who will perform your surgery. The surgeon you select should be a board-certified ophthalmologist who is a cornea and refractive surgery specialist.
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Q: Why not go to a less expensive LASIK center?

A: With laser vision correction, safety, outcomes, and patient satisfaction should be the driving force behind your choice, not cost. And, quite frankly, centers offering discount LASIK aren't as cheap as they seem. Pricing based on your prescription and additional charges for post-operative care, long-term commitment, and premium technology can make even "discount" LASIK more expensive than our fee.

Q: Is Lasik permanent?

A: Yes, the effect of LASIK does not fade away with time. However, LASIK eye surgery is not an absolute guarantee that you will be blessed with perfect vision permanently. Your eye may change as you age, however, the chances that you will need a re-treatment is extremely small but should be taken into account. Furthermore, for those people whose prescription regress, it is normally only a very small amount when you compare it to your original prescription before you underwent the surgery. It is always smart to clearly understand both the risks and benefits when it comes to surgical procedures.

Q: Do I have to worry about moving my eyes during the LASIK procedure?

A: Eye movement is normal, so our laser was designed with the fastest, most advanced eye tracker available. It allows Dr. Arffa to track and follow your eye movements as the laser is applied. On the day of surgery, our experienced staff will do everything to ensure your comfort and put you at ease.

Q: I'm farsighted, is LASIK for me?

A: LASIK can treat farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism. Only a consultation with Dr. Arffa can determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery.

Q: Where does Dr. Arffa perform LASIK surgery?

A: Dr. Arffa performs LASIK surgery at TLC Pittsburgh which is located off the Wexford exit of I-79 in Sewickley. It is a state of the art facility with a caring and experienced staff.



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