FAQ

Do I need a referral for my appointment?

Yes, a referral is needed to schedule your comprehensive exam. This is a more detail assessment of your vision and it involves various types of testing. Referrals from your primary care doctor, or insurance company is needed prior to your appointment.

What insurance do you accept, and is it required?

We accept most major insurance: Blue Cross, Aetna, United Healthcare, Tricare, Healthnet, Medicare, if your insurance company is not listed please contact your carrier we might be on their list.

Can I drive after my eye exam?

A comprehensive eye exam requires the patient’s eyes to be dilated and this will cause light sensitivity that may last for a few hours. Depending on the individual and the distance of travel, some may feel fine and others may need someone else to drive.

How long will my appointment be?

Depending on the nature of the eye exam, some tests may take a little longer. An average appointment may take up 2-3 hours long.

Where is the surgery center located?

The surgery center for Hodges Eye Care is right here at 1502 N. Tucson Blvd.

Is a blade still used in LASIK?

We specialize in bladeless LASIK, giving you an “all laser” procedure. Clinical results show that those who received bladeless LASIK improved at each stage of the healing process; on day one post-op, 68 percent of the bladeless recipients achieved 20/16 vision.

What medications are not advisable before and after surgery?

You should continue your normal medications before and after the procedure unless told otherwise by our staff. All medications should be discussed prior to surgery.

How soon will I be able to exercise?

Due to the bacteria found in sweat, it is best to resume exercise after one week. For simple exercises such as running and lifting weights, wait two or three days after the procedure.

How soon can I work on the computer?

You may resume working on the computer the day after surgery. As a precaution, use the 20-20-20 rule, which means every 20 minutes focus your eyes on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. A phone reminder or timer is recommended to stay on track.

How soon can I use my smartphone?

Just like the computer, wait 24 hours after your surgery. We suggest using voice commands for your phone if you need to use it.

How soon after surgery can I watch TV?

We understand it’s tempting to watch your favorite show after surgery, but you may resume TV, electronics, and reading the day after surgery. Take the 24 hours after surgery to sleep as much as possible.

When can I wear makeup?

You may wear eye makeup after one week. Other makeup is okay, such as foundation, but should not be applied in the area between the eyebrow and cheekbone.

What is bladeless LASIK?

The surgeon uses the laser to create the corneal flap. This technology gives surgeons the ability to customize the corneal flap for every individual patient. Recent studies done by Zeimer shot that this technology may now make it possible to treat patients with LASIK who were previously dismissed as a candidate due to thin corneas.

How soon can I drive after surgery?

You may drive the day after surgery if you feel safe and comfortable.

Am I a good candidate for LASIK?

Through an initial consultation with your eye doctor, your doctor will confirm if you are a good candidate, explain the procedure, and answer any questions. Contact us for your free consultation!

How soon can I go swimming?

You may resume swimming after one week.

How will I know what procedure I need to have?

Everyone’s eyes are different. What works for one person may not be right for you. Your NVISION surgeon will determine which procedure is right for your vision.

When can I take my first shower after surgery?

You can shower at any time. Patients should try to avoid any touching or rubbing of the eyes, and be especially careful when using soap products near the eye area.

Can I travel?

Yes. Make sure to keep your eyes lubricated while you are in flight.

How long does the appointment take?

Allow up to two hours, but it may vary due to scheduling.

How soon can I go back to work?

Most patients can return to work a day or two after the procedure since most patients notice dramatic visual results within the first few days after their procedure. The speed of recovery depends on personal healing patterns since patients with higher prescriptions may recover more slowly.