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Can I have LASIK if I have astigmatism?

Yes, most patients can have LASIK if they have astigmatism. The inability to perform LASIK on patients with an astigmatism dates back over a decade to before the current technology became available. You do need to have a full LASIK consultation to determine if you are eligible for surgery.
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Yes, ICON has custom LASIK

Yes, while every LASIK treatment is customized for your eyes, we do offer LASIK on our CustomVue Laser (VISX S4) or VICTUS. “Custom LASIK” is $1299-$1799 per eye and uses the microkeratome. Please call or submit an appointment request for current specials on LASIK that may be running.

What assurance do I have that ICON LASIK will deliver a great result?

Your ICON LASIK independent surgeon will set a target to correct your vision to 20/20 or better. If your results deteriorate, your doctor will reassess you and with your consent retreat you according to the terms of our enhancement commitment. Normal aging and eye disease are not the responsibility of ICON and are excluded from this program.

How quickly can I return to normal activities?

We recommend that you sleep for about five hours following your procedure. Your eyes may be itchy and watery. This is common immediately following treatment. Most patients are able to return to work within 24 hours of having the procedure. Reading can sometimes be troublesome for the first week following laser eye surgery. There is a two-week period in which we request that you take no rigorous showers, refrain from wearing eye makeup, and stay away from dusty, dirty environments.

What If I wear contact lenses?

Contact lenses somewhat alter the curvature of the cornea. This will be discussed with you when you book your consultation.

What LASIK lasers does ICON have?

ICON has several different LASIK lasers, including the following:
  • Nidek Eye Tracker
  • VISX S3
  • VISX S4: Custom Wavefront
  • Nidek CATz and Nidek OATz
Specific Lasik lasers may vary at ICON locations.

What is required from me following my LASIK procedure?

You will be required to see your surgeon the day after your procedure and most often after a period of seven days. You can review the post operative instructions here. Your doctor may require one-month and three-month examinations as well. There is a small chance that your doctor may need to see you in between scheduled appointments. Following laser vision correction, a patient's vision is typically stable within a three-month period.

Can I have both eyes treated on the same day?

Most patients choose to have both eyes done on the same day. However, patients do have the option of having only one eye treated at a time.

Do I need glasses after having laser eye surgery?

After having laser vision correction, glasses for distance should not be required. Prior to your procedure, your surgeon will discuss an eye condition known as presbyopia with you. Presbyopia is the eye's diminished ability to focus and is a natural part of the aging process. It is unrelated to the cornea and cannot be treated by laser vision correction. Beyond the age of 45, reading glasses are often required to counter the effects of presbyopia.  ICON believes that for most patients, reading glasses are a welcome alternative to two pairs of glasses or bifocals.

Is my night vision going to be affected?

On a long-term basis this is unlikely. In the initial 2-4 month period following your procedure, it is normal to have some degree of night glare due to the healing process. This is temporary. If you have very large pupils and the surgeon feels that you may be at risk of ongoing night vision problems, then this will be discussed with you at your consultation.

How long does LASIK take?

On the day of your procedure, plan on being at the center for approximately 2-3 hours. This allows time for the signing and review of your consent form, payment arrangements, and the initial cleaning and anesthetizing of your eye(s). You will be in the laser room for about 15 minutes. Following your time in the laser room, you will be required to wait 20 to 30 minutes for a brief examination prior to leaving.

Is LASIK painful?

Laser vision correction is almost completely painless. You are awake during the entire procedure; however your eyes are completely anesthetized with drops. Your eyelid is held open with a special instrument called a speculum. While the flap is being created, you may feel some pressure on your eye. The actual laser treatment takes less than one minute.

How do I know I am getting the best LASIK surgeon in Colorado?

ICON's team of optometrists, ophthalmologists, and independent surgeons (including LASIK surgeons) is the best in Colorado. ICON has performed more laser vision correction procedures than any other clinic in Denver, Boulder, Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs, or any other surrounding communities. We have the most experience and the latest technology to provide a perfect custom LASIK procedure for you. The result is a high likelihood that you will end up with at least 20/20 vision.

How much does LASIK cost?

ICON’s LASIK prices range from $499.00 to $1799 per eye. Most ICON patients pay an average of $899 to $1299 per eye for their LASIK. Patients start the process of their LASIK eye surgery with a FREE LASIK consultation in order to determine candidacy and price.

How is the cost of LASIK determined?

Your LASIK eye surgery cost cannot be determined until you have had a LASIK consultation. Several factors will be evaluated at your consultation in order to determine the cost of LASIK, including:
  • Your Prescription
  • Dry eyes
  • Corneal shape and thickness
  • Pupil size
  • Age
  • Wavefront analysis
Following your consultation, you will be provided with a procedure recommendation and corresponding price quote for your LASIK eye surgery.

How much is the LASIK consultation and how long does it take?

ICON offers a FREE LASIK consultation at all of its locations prior to determining the best options for LASIK surgery. The consultation consists of a full eye evaluation with dilation and generally takes approximately one hour.

Will I still need glasses or corrective lenses after the LASIK surgery?

While LASIK has a very high success rate, it is possible that certain patients may need to wear glasses or corrective lenses post LASIK eye surgery. The need for glasses or corrective lenses can be due to, but not limited to, the following:
  • Some patients may not be capable of seeing 20/20 even after LASIK surgery. Additionally, the results of a LASIK procedure can depend on how your corneas react and respond, as well as how they heal.
  • It can be common for vision to fluctuate during the several months following a LASIK eye procedure as your eyes are healing. Some patients may require glasses or corrective lenses during this healing process.
  • LASIK patients may also require glasses or corrective lenses for reading or up close tasks. The general need for reading glasses is age-related and is usually first noticed by patients between the ages of 40 and 50. This condition is known as presbyopia and can often be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or a LASIK enhancement.

Can I fly after LASIK surgery?

Yes, patients can fly the day after their procedure. Keep in mind that you would have to come in the morning after your LASIK eye surgery for your one-day post-op appointment. Private pilots are eligible to fly after LASIK.

What is the recovery time after LASIK eye surgery?

After your LASIK eye surgery is complete, we recommend going home and taking a five hour nap. Once you wake up you can resume normal activities such as watching TV and using a computer. Patients will generally be required to take eye drops for one week following their LASIK surgery. Patients will need to refrain from the following for one week following the procedure:
  • Strenuous or physical activities
  • Swimming pools and hot tubs
  • Rubbing or jarring the eye
  • Eye make-up

Pregnancy is a counter indication for LASIK (if you're pregnant you can't get LASIK)

Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that can cause vision to fluctuate and change. It is generally recommended that women wait 3 months after pregnancy and/or nursing to have a LASIK procedure.

Where is your LASIK surgery performed?

LASIK can be performed at any of ICON’s surgical locations in Denver, Lone Tree, Grand Junction, Loveland, and Tempe.

What if I have already had LASIK, PRK, or eye surgery?

You can generally have LASIK treatment even if you've previously undergone a LASIK, PRK, or other eye surgery procedure. However, every patient is different so you would need to come in for a FREE LASIK consultation to determine eligibility.

Can you have LASIK if you have diabetes?

Yes, if you are a good candidate it is possible to have LASIK surgery. Your diabetes must be under control, you must be cleared by your PCP, and your vision must be stable. Candidacy needs to be determined through a FREE LASIK consultation.

What if I have glaucoma, keratoconus, a pterygium, or another eye condition?

Some eye conditions may limit candidacy for LASIK, however ICON performs several other optical surgeries that may assist you. Candidacy needs to be determined through a FREE LASIK consultation.

With a few exceptions LASIK patients must be at least 18 years old

LASIK patients must be, at minimum, 18 years of age, with the exception of patients with Refractive Amblyopia. There is, however, no age cap. To date, our oldest LASIK patient was 92 years old. If you are 17 and interested in LASIK you can still come in for a FREE LASIK consultation. If you are a good candidate, the surgery can be performed once you turn 18.

How many procedures has your clinic performed?

ICON's independent surgeons have performed more than 200,000 LASIK surgery procedures at our clinics since 1999 when LASIK was FDA approved.

How long has your clinic been in business?

ICON has been in business since 1985 in Colorado and began performing LASIK when it was FDA approved in 1999.

Does insurance pay for LASIK?

Generally, LASIK is considered an elective procedure and is not covered by insurance plans. There are, however, some instances where insurance plans have LASIK benefits. You can check with your HR department or ICON would be happy to look into it for you. If you have a Cafeteria Plan, Flex Spending Account, or Health Savings Account you can use it to pay for your procedure. If you have a credit or debit card attached to your account we can accept that directly in the office. If you have a reimbursement plan, you would need to pay up front.

Do you offer financing for LASIK surgery?

Yes, ICON offers LASIK financing through Care Credit, Chase, and at times other third parties.

How long after LASIK will it take for me to notice an improvement in my vision?

After LASIK, patients generally notice an improvement in vision immediately following the surgery. Although patients will notice an immediate improvement, they are required to arrange a driver for after the surgery. Most patients are able to drive themselves into the clinic the following morning for their one-day post-op appointment.

Who performs the LASIK surgery?

All LASIK surgeries are performed by one of ICON’s independent ophthalmologists. All patients will have the opportunity to meet with and ask questions of the surgeon prior to their procedure.


Dr Travis Whitt Denver
Clinical Director & Optometrist
Director of Education and Quality & Optometrist
Dr. Sunni Kovar, Optometrist Denver
David Drucker MD Denver
Cataract Surgeon + Corneal Specialist
ICON’s optometrists perform all LASIK eye surgery consultations, annual exams, and follow-up appointments.

How soon after my LASIK consultation can I schedule surgery?

LASIK eye surgery can be scheduled on the same day as your consultation, as long as you have discontinued contact lens wear for the appropriate amount of time and are able to arrange a driver for after the procedure. ICON's offices perform LASIK surgeries on Monday afternoons, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings. Most of the time we can schedule your surgery within the same week as your consultation.

Can I have LASIK surgery on the same day as my consultation?

Yes, we do offer same day consultations and surgeries. Your consultation appointment must be scheduled on a surgery day. There are a few things to keep in mind if you would like to have a same day LASIK surgery:
  • Contact lens wear must be discontinued, at minimum, one week prior to the appointment
  • Please allow 3-4 hours between the consultation and surgery due to dilation
  • You must arrange for a driver for after the procedure
  • You must return to the clinic the following morning for a one-day post-op procedure
  • ICON does not accept checks

Do you offer a 20/20 guarantee?

Yes, ICON offers a 20/20 guarantee to eligible patients. Some patients may not be capable of seeing 20/20, even after LASIK surgery, depending on the specific conditions of their eyes. Your doctor will be able to discuss this with you more in depth at your LASIK consultation.

Does ICON offer enhancement commitment options?

Yes, ICON offers enhancement commitments for LASIK re-treatments. If you need a re-treatment within the first year of your surgery it would be performed at no charge. We have an optional enhancement commitment, which is $100 per eye and would cover any re-treatments you might need within five years of your original surgery. After that initial five years, each enhancement that you might need would be performed at a reduced co-payment of $300 per eye, per enhancement. In order to maintain the agreement, we require patients to have their annual eye exam at an ICON clinic or with a co-management optometrist each year. ICON's yearly examination is currently $118. Vision insurance does cover a portion of the exam fee. Insurance generally does not cover corneal topography and retinal photographs, which we require for all annual exams. The corneal topography and retinal photographs currently consist of $48 of the $118 fee. So, if you were using insurance you would be responsible for your examination co-payment in addition to the $48 corneal topography and retinal photograph fee.

What is the difference between LASIK and PRK?

LASIK surgery is a 3-step procedure:
  • A thin flap of surface corneal tissue is created using the Victus laser or a device known as a microkeratome.
  • Once the flap is made and the stroma, or underlying corneal tissue, is exposed the laser treatment is performed to reshape the cornea using a laser light. This reshaping of the cornea is called PRK. So, technically everyone that has LASIK has PRK.
  • Finally, the flap is re-positioned and the procedure is complete.
PRK surgery in some cases is performed as a stand-alone procedure. When stand-alone PRK is performed, a flap is not created and the outer surface of the cornea is reshaped with a laser. PRK eye surgery is generally recommended for those with a thin or irregular shaped cornea.

Why do I have to have PRK instead of LASIK?

Roughly 5-7% of ICON patients require PRK instead of LASIK surgery. Generally this is due to a cornea that is too thin, too flat, too steep, or irregularly shaped. Generally the healing process for PRK surgery is slower with more visual fluctuation and has more discomfort associated with it.

Can I wear makeup after surgery?

It is highly recommended that patients refrain from using eye makeup for one week following LASIK surgery.

What if I currently have or am planning on getting eyelash extensions?

LASIK surgery can be performed if you have eyelash extensions, however it is possible that they could be damaged during the surgery. It is highly recommended that you wait one full month following LASIK surgery to have eyelash extensions done.

I am over 40 and I can’t see up-close any more. Can LASIK fix my vision?

The necessity for reading glasses or near vision task correction is referred to as Presbyopia and is a natural result of the aging process of the intraocular lens. One approach to addressing Presbyopia is monovision. Monovision consists of correcting one eye for nearsightedness. The result is for one eye to have clear near vision (somewhat blurred distance vision) and one eye to have clear distance vision (somewhat blurred near vision). In most cases, the brain naturally adjusts to monovision. Not everyone, however, can adjust to monovision and even successful monovision LASIK surgery patients may require glasses for specific tasks such as night driving. Additionally, as you continue to age the need for near correction increases and glasses or another refractive surgery may be necessary. If you are interested in monovision your doctor may recommend a trial with contact lenses prior to surgery.

What is included in ICON's LASIK price?

All LASIK procedures performed at ICON clinics include:
  • The initial consultation
  • LASIK eye surgery
  • Any LASIK related follow-up appointments within the first year
  • Any LASIK enhancements (using the same laser as your initial procedure) that are necessary with the first year
ICON highly recommends that all patients return to ICON for their yearly examination.

What is better, the Victus laser or the Microkeratome?

Both the microkeratome and the Victus laser are safe and great ways to create the LASIK flap. The microkeratome is a mechanical device that uses a blade to create the flap and is available at all ICON locations. The Victus uses a laser to create the flap and is available at ICON’s Denver and Tempe locations. Your doctor will recommend the best course of treatment for your eyes at the FREE LASIK consultation. Each patient is different and their LASIK eye surgery cost and options will be determined at the time of the consultation. The Victus laser may be the better device to create the flap for patients with thin, flat, or steep corneas. Additionally, the Victus laser has shown to decrease potential dryness in some patients.

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