Expect to be at Professional Eyecare Associates for about 1-2 hours the day of your procedure. It is important that you have a companion with you who can drive you home after your procedure.
After you’ve checked in for your appointment, you will have your pre-operative measurements verified by our doctors. You will then proceed to the surgical area where your eyes will be cleansed and anesthetized, and you will have the opportunity to take a mild sedative to help you relax.
The first part of the LASIK procedure is to create the hinged corneal flap using the laser. While your LASIK flap is being created, you will only feel mild pressure for about a minute per eye. (For more information on having a blade-free procedure done, CLICK HERE)
Once the flap is created, you will be placed under the Visx Excimer laser system. During this portion of your procedure, an eyelid holder is used to hold your eye open. You will be asked to focus on a blinking light while the flap is lifted and the cornea is gently reshaped using the advanced laser technology. The laser treatment lasts only seconds and then the flap is put back in place. The corneal flap adheres immediately without the need for stitches.
The Surgeon will then take you into an examination room and take one last look at your eyes. A technician will go over your drop and post-operative instructions after setting up your first two post-operative appointments. It is important to remember that your vision will be cloudy for several hours after your procedure and that it is normal to experience mild irritation such as light sensitivity, tearing and foreign body sensation.