To make sure that you are an ideal iLASIK candidate, we would like for you to come in and see us for your free LASIK consultation. During your consultation, you will meet with one of our refractive coordinators for about 45 minutes to an hour. You will also get a chance to meet your iLASIK surgeon (if he/she is available.) Your eyes are not dilated for this exam so you will not need a driver. We take a few measurements needed to determine if you are a candidate and discuss your visual goals and expectations. If you are deemed a iLASIK candidate, and are interested in pursuing iLASIK, your next step is your iLASIK evaluation.
Your iLASIK Evaluation
Your iLASIK evaluation is a more in-depth exam than the consultation. This is where all of your measurements are taken for your LASIK procedure. You must be out of your contacts for at least two weeks (unless otherwise instructed) prior to this exam. Plan to be in our office 1.5 – 2 hours. This eye exam includes dilation, which typically lasts for 24 – 48 hours. You will need a driver to take you home and we ask that you do not drive for the remainder of that day. Your eyes are thoroughly evaluated and as long as your eyes are healthy, you may proceed to your iLASIK procedure.
The Day of Your iLASIK Procedure
You will be in our office 45 minutes – 1 hour the day of your procedure. We will review your post operative drops and instructions prior to your procedure. You will then be escorted to our iLASIK suite. Numbing eye drops will be instilled in both eyes to keep them comfortable throughout your procedure. When creating the LASIK flap, you may experience a slight pressure sensation within the eye, but this is not painful, and usually lasts less than a minute. After your LASIK flap(s) have been created, your corneal tissue will be resculpted.
Your treatment time will depend on your amount of prescription but generally will take less than a minute per eye. After your treatment is complete, you will be escorted back to your exam room where your surgeon will examine your eyes before leaving the office. You will receive protective eyewear to wear until you are seen the next day. We recommend you go home and close/rest your eyes for the first 2 – 4 hours after your procedure.
After Your LASIK Procedure
Most patients can expect to gain 80 – 90% of their visual improvement by the next day. You will see a physician the day after your procedure to examine your eyes and review your post operative instructions. It is common for your vision to be foggy/hazy and some redness and/or irritation. Expect your vision to fluctuate during the first week following your surgery. These symptoms generally subside with time. You will be using several drops for the first week to help with the healing and to keep your eyes lubricated. You must avoid pools/lakes/hot tubs/saunas and refrain from wearing eye make up for the first couple weeks after your procedure. Generally you are able to resume every day normal activities after you are seen the next day. We will check on you several other times throughout the first year to make sure you are seeing well.
Our patients always tell us that they wish they would have had LASIK sooner. Click on the picture below to find out why!