What happens during LASIK Eye Surgery?
Special measurements of the eye are made. A comprehensive eye exam is performed to evaluate the health of the eyes and to determine if you are a LASIK candidate. This includes dilation and the exam can take as long as 1.5 hours. The doctor will perform a brief exam for the health of the eye. Our surgical coordinator will provide information about pricing, financing, and options such as custom treatments. LASIK surgery date is scheduled, prescriptions will be called in, and consent forms are given. Patients with challenging schedules can request to have the Lasik evaluation and procedure performed on the same day.
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The Day of Surgery:
The patient arrives at the laser suite in our office. You will meet with your coordinator to go over final payment, post operative instructions, and sign consent forms. You will be offered a valium to help calm you. The surgeon performs a brief exam of your eyes and then the patient is brought to the Laser suite. Anesthetic eyedrops and a device to keep you from blinking are applied. A small suction ring will be placed on the eye. A laser will be used to create a thin flap on the outer part of the Cornea. It does so by creating microscopic bubbles in the cornea. The LASIK flap is then lifted like a page in a book. A second laser is used to sculpt the middle layer of the cornea. The flap is placed back down. Special eye drops are applied. The eyelid holder is removed. The same procedure is performed on the other eye. It typically takes 10-15 minutes for both eyes.
The vision is usually blurry for the first few hours after the surgeon. Patients are advised to take a nap or keep their eyes closed for the first few hours. The patient starts using an antibiotic and a steroid eye drop. The patient is seen in our office the day after surgery. It is normal for the eyes to be dry the first few weeks after surgery and this may cause the vision to fluctuate early on in the recovery process. Patients will use medicated drops for a few weeks.
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