Preparing for LASIK Surgery

Before LASIK

Before you can ever get LASIK, it’s important to find out if you’re a LASIK candidate. The only way to find out is to schedule a LASIK consultation at SightMD!

Before LASIK

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. During your LASIK consultation, it’s important to ask any questions that you may have about the procedure. With a procedure like LASIK, it’s crucial to go into it with realistic expectations.

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. As numbing eye drops are used during LASIK, you will not be able to drive yourself home. While most patients experience clear vision within 24 hours, some blurriness and glaring may occur. In the days and weeks after LASIK, your vision will continue to improve and clear up.

If you don’t experience crystal clear vision right after LASIK, don’t worry, because this is normal! What’s not normal is experiencing extreme pain after LASIK.

This could be a sign of a complication or infection, so let your doctor at SightMD know if this occurs. When complications or infections are caught early, it leads to better outcomes for our patients.

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. Using the wavescan gives your surgeon a custom, unique-to-only-you map of your eye. This allows for the best possible results during LASIK.

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 your 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. This is a great option for patients that have been too nervous to undergo LASIK or couldn’t handle the thought of being awake during the procedure.

When it comes to LASIK at SightMD, our patients are in the best hands! Wondering if you could be a good candidate for this life-changing visual correction procedure?

Schedule a complimentary LASIK consultation now! With over 30 convenient locations in Suffolk County, Nassau County, Queens, Manhattan, and Westchester, there’s a SightMD location that will be perfect for you!

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