What to Expect Before and After LASIK
At SightMD, we have successfully performed LASIK on thousands of happy patients. Most of them initially went through the same range of emotions that you are now experiencing.
It’s completely normal to feel nervous, scared, or even anxious before getting LASIK. We understand that a procedure like LASIK can be filled with unknowns.
This is why our eye surgeons will take the time to sit down with you and explain every stage of the LASIK procedure in clear, plain English to you. We will answer any questions you might have and address any concerns. If something is unclear, we will patiently devote the time to make it clear. We want your LASIK experience not to be merely satisfactory or even good, but to be great.
Your Free Consultation
When you enter our office for the first time, you will be welcomed by a friendly member of our staff who will let your doctor know that you have arrived. You will then be warmly greeted by your doctor, who will invite you to make yourself comfortable in his or her private office. Over the next hour or so, the LASIK procedure will be explained to you in comprehensive detail, and any questions you have will be answered honestly and clearly. You will also be asked to provide a complete medical history. At the close of your consultation, you will be met by a team member, who will administer corneal topography and pachymetry tests that will be used to further evaluate your candidacy for LASIK. It is during these tests that we will have the best understanding of whether or not you qualify for LASIK.
Analyzing Your Eye Tests
The corneal topography test measures the shape of your corneas while the pachymetry test measures their thickness. The data provided by these tests will be carefully analyzed by your doctor and used as tools to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for LASIK.
Cornea thickness is an integral part of the LASIK procedure. This is because during LASIK, a tiny amount of corneal tissue gets removed from the cornea. For patients with thinner corneas, this can lead to severe complications, including vision loss. If you have thin corneas, safer procedures will instead be recommended.
If LASIK is not the appropriate treatment for you, your doctor will recommend alternative treatments such as PRK or LASEK. However, due to the extraordinarily safe and precise technologies that we feature at each of our six offices – including the IntraLase® system and the VISX Star S4™ excimer laser – most patients are fully qualified to undergo blade-free, custom iLASIK.
Before LASIK Surgery
After you have been declared a good candidate for LASIK and made the decision to undergo the surgery, our friendly laser coordinator will meet with you to schedule your LASIK appointment and discuss our available payment and financing options.
LASIK can seem like it’s expensive, but thanks to our payment and financing options, we aim to make sure LASIK is affordable! We can further discuss CareCredit, allowing you to make monthly payments that fit your budget. Depending on your credit history, you may qualify for interest-free payment plans as well.
On the day of your LASIK surgery, you will meet your doctor at our surgical center, where he or she will do everything possible to put you at ease and tend to your comfort. You will receive a mild oral medication to help you relax and numbing eye drops to prepare your eyes for surgery. After all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, you will be asked to lie on our comfortable laser bed, and your procedure will begin. Thanks to the numbing eye drops, there’s no pain to worry about during LASIK. All you have to do is lie back and relax. Your LASIK surgeon will make sure everything goes smoothly!
After LASIK Surgery
The entire LASIK procedure takes only about 15 minutes, after which you will be escorted to our luxurious recovery room. After a short rest, a team member will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions, including proper use of the eye drops necessary to preventing infection and inflammation.
At this point, you will be allowed to go home with whomever you arrange to give you a ride to and from our practice. It’s important to know you can’t drive yourself home after LASIK. This is because of the numbing anesthetic drops.
During your recovery, your adherence to your prescribed post-operative regimen will be fundamental to the success of your results. You will be required to return to our office the day after your surgery for a check-up and periodically thereafter to ensure proper healing.
While recovering from LASIK, you owe it to yourself to take it easy! This means not overexerting yourself or participating in any strenuous activities. During recovery, your eyes will be more vulnerable to infection and complications. This is why it’s so important that you follow all instructions from your LASIK surgeon at SightMD. If you have any questions, contact your doctor!
Ready to start your journey towards LASIK? Schedule your LASIK consultation at one of our 25 convenient locations in the Long Island area today!