Frequently Asked Questions

Each surgeon prefers a different level of anesthesia. Some surgeons like to talk to their patients during cataract surgery. Dr. Parker feels that if she is talking to the patient during cataract surgery that is akin to multi-tasking which dilutes her attention to the primary task, i.e. making the surgery as safe and effective as possible. Thus, she instructs the anesthesia staff have patients in a “’twilight” zone and of course, the operative eye has received anesthetic and is totally “numb.” Typically, the patients wake up after the surgery and can’t believe it was over before they knew it started.

Nationally, that number is 2-3%. At Carolina Cornea, Dr. Parker’s complication rate is <1%. As a cornea specialist, she often sees patients who have significant corneal disease who need cataract surgery, which is more technically demanding, and those who have had surgery elsewhere on their first eye with a less than favorable outcome. We take great pride in making the surgical process as safe and successful as possible and in helping those patients who may have only one good eye.

After your complete examination with Dr. Parker, she will thoroughly explain how cataract surgery is performed and discuss your options including the pros and cons for choosing each type of implant. You can ask any questions of Dr. Parker and know that she will make sure your particular concerns are addressed.

At Carolina Cornea and Laser Center, all of our LASIK patients receive their pre-operative exam and all post-operative care by Dr. Parker. The Surgeon Care LASIK concept means that Dr. Parker, an experienced cornea specialist and LASIK surgeon, has thoroughly examined your eyes pre-operatively and she also provides all of your post-operative care to ensure that all 3 steps of the procedure – pre-operative evaluation, LASIK surgery, and post-operative care – are performed at the highest level to deliver your best vision. Dr. Parker is the only LASIK surgeon in the area who provides Surgeon Care LASIK for every patient.

Sometimes an employer wishes to provide that extra benefit for the employees and will tell the employees about that benefit, but for the most part it is not covered by health insurance. The advertisement in the insurance flyer is just that – an advertisement. It does not mean that the insurance company pays for the procedure. In fact, the insurance company has probably been paid to advertise for a specific laser company. Check with your insurance company if you have any questions and ask how much they pay for LASIK so that you can be absolutely sure.

Two weeks. You will want to be out of your contact lenses a few days before your LASIK evaluation, but you will need to be out of your soft contact lenses at least 2 weeks before your LASIK procedure. Gas permeable contact lens wears need to be out of their lenses for at least 1 month – maybe longer. We check the curvature every 2 weeks in gas permeable wearers to determine when they are stable.

No, but it’s helpful to hear the overview of the procedure, feel comfortable with Dr. Parker, and hear other people’s questions that you might not have thought about. Plus, you do receive $200 gift certificate to be used toward the procedure.

Yes, in co-managed LASIK the patient typically does not meet the surgeon until the day of surgery. Another doctor performs the pre-operative evaluation and that doctor typically will perform the post-operative care as well. At Carolina Cornea and Laser Center, all of our LASIK patients receive their pre-operative exam and all post-operative care by Dr. Parker. The Surgeon Care LASIK concept means that the Dr. Parker, an experienced cornea specialist and LASIK surgeon, has thoroughly examined your eyes pre-operatively and she also provides all of your post-operative care to ensure that all 3 steps of the procedure – pre-operative evaluation, LASIK surgery, and post-operative care – are performed at the highest level to deliver your best vision.