Archives for October 2013


Santa Monica, Rancho Cucamonga, Burbank

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much does LASIK/PRK cost?

Your LASIK counselor will go over pricing as well as discuss any applicable discounts with you when you meet at the end of your consultation.

Can I finance my procedure?

We do not offer in-house financing at this time, but have a number of financing options available through CareCredit. Applying is quick and simple and can be done over the phone by calling (800) 365-8295 or online at Just provide a little information about yourself and your income and you’ll get an instant decision. We can even apply for you at your consultation if you have two forms of ID!

Where will my procedure take place?

Right here in our Rancho Cucamonga office, ask for a tour!

Will I be able to drive myself home after my procedure?

No. Since you are undergoing a procedure on your eyes, your vision will be impaired immediately afterwards. Additionally, we provide a mild anxyiolytic to ensure that you are calm and comfortable during your procedure, so it would not be safe or recommended to operate a motor vehicle under those conditions.

Can I bring my friends or family to watch my procedure?

Absolutely! We have a private viewing corner where your friends and family can watch your procedure on a TV monitor.

Does LASIK/PRK hurt?

Patients sometimes report an uncomfortable sensation of pressure during LASIK or a mild stinging sensation during PRK. Dr. Vishteh will discuss all the risks and benefits with you at your consultation.

How long will my procedure last?

Expect to be in the office for 1-1 ½ hours on surgery day. You will be in the operating room for about 10-15 minutes and the laser itself will only run for about 10-30 seconds per eye, depending on your level of treatment. The actual procedure itself is incredibly quick, it’s the prep-work (readying the instruments, calibrating the laser, double- and triple-checking our treatment numbers) that take up most of that time.

How long will my treatment last?

LASIK/PRK is not reversible, the corrections made to your eye are permanent. Adjustments can be made, when deemed safe and necessary by your surgeon, to ensure that you are satisfied with your level of correction even if it’s years down the line!

What if I wear contacts?

You may attend your consultation if you currently wear contacts, and even wear them to your consultation if you’re not able to or comfortable with removing them beforehand. We have lens solution and disposable contact lens cases on hand so that you may remove them in-office to complete your exam. It is necessary, however, that you discontinue wear of your contacts immediately prior to both the dilated exam and your surgery, as determined by your surgeon.

Can I go home and watch TV after my surgery?

No. For the first 4-6 hours of your recovery after surgery, it is imperative that you rest your eyes as they begin to heal. After about 20-30 minutes from

What if I move during surgery or blink?

You can’t! During the procedure, the operative eye is held gently open with an instrument called a “speculum.” You are also positioned in a special headrest to help you remain still. We also have a new ACE Eye Tracker software in place to track any movement of your eye by using your pre-operative iris-registration photos. This means that we lock onto your eyes before the laser runs and track and follow any movement they make. If your eye moves out of range, the laser ceases firing immediately!