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Do you offer the SMILE procedure?

Yes! The Filutowski Cataract & LASIK Institute is the first and only practice in Central Florida to offer our patients the newest laser vision correction procedure, “SMILE”. SMILE is an acronym that stands for “Small-Incision Lenticule Extraction” This procedure offers patients with myopia and slight astigmatism a flapless alternative to traditional LASIK.

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Are Dr. Filutowski and Dr. Dempsey “Board Certified”?

Yes, Dr. Filutowski by the American Board of Ophthalmology, the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Eye Surgery. Dr. Dempsey is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

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Why is bladeless LASIK considered “standard of care” at the Filutowski Cataract & LASIK Institute?

Bladeless LASIK is considered by our surgeons to be a safer and more precise approach to vision correction surgery. This is a result of the superior precision of a computer controlled laser as compared to that of a hand-held bladed mechanical device. Bladeless LASIK accomplishes the flap procedure with a laser instead of a blade.

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How many people have had LASIK?

LASIK is the most popular elective procedure done today. Over 11 million people in the USA have had LASIK.

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When can I exercise after LASIK?

One day following your procedure. Do not let dirty sweat go on the surface of your eyes. A sweat band is suggested to avoid this.

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Are my eyes patched following the LASIK procedure?

No. You will be given post-LASIK instructions and an eye shields to wear when sleeping immediately following your LASIK procedure.

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How much work will I have to miss?

Many patients return to work in approximately two to three days. It depends on the nature of your work and your healing process. Most patients resume normal activities the next day.

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Is LASIK covered by insurance?

There are very few insurance companies that offer LASIK coverage. We frequently have special LASIK savings promotions as well as great finance options.

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What percentage of patients experience visual side effects, especially driving at night?

At 6 months post LASIK less than 2% experience halos, glare or star-bursting.

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Can LASIK be performed on both eyes on the same day?

Yes.

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How long does the LASIK procedure take?

The surgical process itself is very quick, usually under 7 minutes for each eye. The actual laser treatment time is only a matter of seconds. Including surgery preparations, you should plan to be at our LASIK center for approximately 2 hours.

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Why do I need to stop wearing contact lenses prior to my LASIK preoperative testing?

Contact lenses can change the shape of your cornea, similar to how a tight fitting watchband can make a skin imprint on your wrist. If you have your eyes checked too soon after taking out contacts, the cornea will not have enough time to relax to its natural shape. Several of the tests could give inaccurate results.

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If I am pregnant or nursing, how long must I wait to have High Definition LASIK?

Six weeks not pregnant and/or not breast-feeding.

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Who is a LASIK candidate?

The ideal LASIK candidates are persons over 18 years of age with healthy corneas and realistic expectations. People with certain medical conditions and women who are pregnant or nursing are not candidates for LASIK.

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What is LASIK?

LASIK is an outpatient surgical procedure that reshapes the curvature of the cornea. The name is an acronym for Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis.

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Who do I call if I have a problem?

Contact one of our offices immediately if you have any problem, especially if you experience decreased vision or pain.

After Hours Physician Pager: 386.820.1682
Daytona Beach office: 386.788.6696
Lake Mary office: 407.333.5111
Orlando office: 407.902.2533

It is not necessary to call the office in which you had surgery; the staff and doctors in any office can help you. In addition, we have a doctor on call after regular business hours. Call any office and a recording will give you the doctor’s emergency pager number. The doctor will return your page ASAP.

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Does the lens implant ever need to be replaced?

The lens implant is intended to be permanent and does not need to be replaced under normal circumstances. Although this would be unlikely, the lens implant can be replaced with a different one if needed.

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Can my cataract come back?

No, once a cataract has been removed it cannot return. However, with time, patients may complain that their vision has once again become cloudy. This fairly common condition is known as posterior capsular opacity or “PCO”. If the PCO becomes bothersome, the surgeon can clear it away with a simple laser procedure performed in the office.

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If I elect to have LASIK after cataract surgery, how soon can I have it?

We wait a minimum of 3 months after your surgery to give the eye adequate time to heal before performing any additional surgery on it. Your eye doctor will be able to determine when you are ready for LASIK.

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If I need glasses after the surgery, how soon can I get a prescription?

You can get a temporary prescription within days after surgery. The eye typically takes 3-4 weeks to stabilize after IOL implantation. It is recommended that you wait until then to have any permanent glasses made.

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Will I need glasses after my cataract surgery?

It depends on many factors. After standard cataract surgery, most patients need to wear glasses for distance, near or both. Our CLEAR Upgrade allows most patients to see well without glasses most of the time.

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After surgery, will I be able to drive at night?

Your ability to drive at night should be much enhanced once your cataract is removed. Patients with a multifocal lens implant may notice rings of light around headlights and other light sources. Most patients with any type of lens implant notice halos and starbursts around lights for the first few nights after surgery. These are typically mild, rarely bothersome, and tend to diminish with time.

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How long until I can return to normal activities?

Most patients can resume normal basic activities like reading and watching TV by the next day, and return to work within couple of days. However, results vary for different patients, so you should ask our doctors if you have questions about specific activities. We usually recommend that the patient avoid rubbing the eye, engaging in activities like sports where an object could hit the eye, getting dust, dirt or sand into the eye, swimming or wearing make up for up to two weeks after surgery. You may exercise if you avoid letting sweat run directly on your eyes.

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How long before I can see after the surgery?

You will be able to see immediately after the surgery, but the vision may be still blurry. Every patient and eye is different, but patients commonly see well enough to drive one day after surgery.

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Can I drive myself to and from the surgical center on the day of surgery?

No. Even if you elect not to take the relaxing medication before surgery, your vision may be blurry in the operative eye (due to dilation and anesthesia) and may not be suitable for driving. You must arrange for transportation to and from the surgical center.

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How long will I be in surgery?

The surgery itself is very quick and usually lasts less than 10 minutes. However, due to pre-operative preparation and brief post-op recovery, your entire stay in the surgical center may be up to 2 hours.

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I have cataracts in both eyes. Will the surgery be done on both eyes at the same time?

No, only one eye will be operated on at a time. Typically, we will perform surgery on the second eye one or two weeks after the first eye. All patients are different and heal at different rates, so talk to our doctors about what is appropriate for you.

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Who performs the procedure?

Dr. Filutowski will perform the procedure.

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Will I be asleep for the surgery?

Since this procedure does not take very long, it is unnecessary to put you to sleep with general anesthesia. A relaxing pill is available to ensure a stress free experience.

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Does the surgery hurt?

Thanks to strong numbing drops and medications to help you relax, surgery involves minimal to no discomfort. It is normal to experience some soreness for the first 24-48 hours after surgery, but significant pain is rare and should be reported to your doctor right away.

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