While the actual surgery can take as little as fifteen minutes, appointments before LASIK surgery at our LASIK Center are an important part of the LASIK process. During pre-surgery consultations, our surgeons will thoroughly examine your eyes and evaluate your vision, provide instructions on how to prepare for surgery, and address any questions or concerns that you might have about the procedure. Following the recommendations of our LASIK specialists is the best way to ensure a speedy recovery and the best possible long-term results.
The Initial Eye Examination
During your preliminary consultation, our physicians will thoroughly examine your eyes and review your medical history. It is important that you disclose any past medical or eye conditions. Using a corneal topography test and a pachymetry test, they will measure the shape and thickness of your corneas to determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK or would be better suited to an advanced surface ablation procedure. If you wear contacts, it is important that you stop wearing them two weeks before your LASIK evaluation because contacts can alter the shape of the cornea, resulting in inaccurate corneal mapping, which can negatively affect the outcome of your procedure. It is also important that you not wear contacts at least three weeks prior to undergoing LASIK surgery, as well.
The Day before LASIK Surgery
Prior to the day of your surgery, your surgeon will prescribe anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops. When used as directed, these drops will help to ensure that your eyes are free from infection and irritation at the time of your surgery. It is also important that you arrange adequate post-operative care. Patients who undergo LASIK surgery at our LASIK Center can recover afterward in our LASIK suite. All patients who undergo surgery should arrange a ride home, and plan only light activities for the days after the procedure. While most patients experience clear vision within 24 hours, some blurriness and glaring may occur.
Arriving for Surgery
The SightMD LASIK Center is new and equipped with the best technology including iLASIK (bladeless custom LASIK) and a Leibert HVAC system that keeps humidity and temperature tightly controlled. You will be warmly greeted by our staff and will be brought to our pre-op area. At that time, we will finish collecting the consent and we will offer you a mild sedative to relax. Our beautiful LASIK Center is calm and serene with limited activity to keep you comfortable. A wavescan will be obtained at this time. A wavescan is a custom map of your unique visual system. Your visual system is unique to you much like your fingerprint and that is why custom laser vision correction gives the optimal outcome. The wavescan map is transferred digitally into the laser vision correction laser for your procedure.
LASIK Pre-op Instructions
Prior to arriving at the LASIK Center, you will be given instructions to clean your lids and asked not to wear make-up or fragrances. After consent is finished and a mild sedative is administered, we clean your eyes in a very specific way so that infection risk is minimized. You then meet with your LASIK surgeon, who will tell you how your LASIK procedure will proceed. We let you know that the procedure takes about 10 minutes and that you have a blinking fixation light to look at during your LASIK surgery. We let you know that you may feel mild pressure, but no pain and that we will be talking to you through laser eye surgery to make sure that you are comfortable.
For our patients who are especially nervous or fearful of undergoing refractive surgery, we now offer RELAX LASIK. This new LASIK method uses intravenous (IV) anesthesia to fully sedate patients, allowing them to relax throughout their procedure. If you choose to undergo this type of procedure, an on-site anesthesiologist will monitor your condition to ensure your safety.