Day One of LASIK: Norwood Eye Care Specialists Tell You What to Expect
You may be stressing out about what to expect from LASIK. Norwood is one of the most beautiful places in the nation to have the procedure done, and the Eye Care Specialists among its best LASIK clinics. But if that doesn’t relax you, let us answer some of the questions that may be on your mind: how long it will take; how to prepare yourself; and just what you are in for.
A medical professional will go over the details of the procedure in person, and each individual’s case will be handled differently and with careful consideration. This will, however, give you a general idea of what a typical LASIK procedure at the Eye Care Specialists’ clinic might be like:
If you decide that LASIK surgery is best option for your eyesight, the first thing you will need to do is get an initial or baseline evaluation. This is an absolutely necessary initial part to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you switch to glasses 2-4 weeks (depending on whether they are soft, toric or hard) before the baseline evaluation, because contact lenses reshape your cornea. Not wearing them will allow your cornea to return to its natural state. We will then take measurements to determine how much corneal tissue to remove. You may need to repeat this process at least a week after your initial evaluation and before surgery to make sure your cornea has not change, especially if you wear RGP or hard lenses.
The Day of Surgery
At Eye Care Specialists, we don’t think it’s a good idea to rush surgery, because every detail needs to be taken into account before the procedure can begin. When you arrive, our professional staff will check you in for the final tests and completion of paper work. You will then be administered oral relaxation medication, then taken to your to pre-op suite. After that, you will be given eye drops to prepare your eyes, and then moved to the exam room.
You’ll be in the exam room for no more than 15 minutes, in which the preforming doctor will talk you through every step of the procedure, answering any questions you may have. You will lie on your back on a reclining chair, while a numbing drop will be placed in your eye, and the area around your eye cleaned. An instrument called a lid speculum will be used to hold your eyelids open. The doctor will then use two lasers—the first to create a flap and the second to correct any corneal irregularities.
The actual LASIK procedure will only take about 5-6 minutes per eye. A small light will be used to focus your attention. Take comfort that at this point there is nothing you can do to mess up the procedure. We use lasers with advanced tracking technology that detect the slightest movement. If you move your head or your eyes fall out of range the laser stops instantaneously until you move back into position.
You may feel a slight sensations of pressure and discomfort, you should welcome the feeling of pressure because it means the corrective lasers are properly correcting your vision. Laser energy is focused inside the cornea tissue, creating thousands of small bubbles of gas and water that expand and connect to separate the tissue underneath the cornea surface, creating a “flap.” The surgeon then folds back the hinged flap to get to the underlying cornea, or stroma, removing some tissue and reshaping it so it more accurately focuses light on the retina. After this has been accomplished to the doctor’s satisfaction, the flap is then laid back in place, and the cornea is allowed to heal naturally.
And that’s it. Almost immediately afterward, many patients have claimed to see better, and can read the clock on the wall without the aid of glasses. However, you should expect your vision to be somewhat blurry for a few hours while your cornea rehydrates.
Immediately after the procedure, your eye may burn, itch, or feel like there is something in it. You may experience some discomfort, or in some cases, mild pain in which case your doctor may prescribe a mild pain reliever. Both your eyes may be teary and/or watery, with hazy or blurry vision. You will instinctively want to rub your eyes, but don’t! Rubbing your eye could dislodge the flap, requiring further treatment. In addition, you may experience sensitivity to light, glare, starbursts or haloes around lights, or the whites of your eye may look red or bloodshot. These symptoms should improve considerably within the first few days after surgery.
After completing LASIK, Norwood residents and out-of-state visitors are free to return home to do as they wish, as long as the remaining part of the day is spent resting their eyes as much as possible, in order to allow the healing process to effectively continue.
Again, your LASIK procedure may be different. Our dedicated team of professionals will accurately determine what measures should be taken, based on your individual medical needs.