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A complete eye exam with additional testing is needed to determine whether you are a candidate for LASIK or not. If certain ocular diseases are present, this may exclude you from being a good candidate. A qualified ophthalmologist or optometrist can determine whether or not a patient is a good candidate for LASIK, and will discuss all of your options with you.
We typically give patients oral valium to take prior to the procedure which allows you to feel more relaxed. Additionally, we instill topical numbing drops, which easily numbs the front surface of each eye immediately before the procedure.
You will be in our office for approximately one hour the day of the procedure. After you are checked in, the procedure itself takes approximately 10 minutes per eye, utilizing our bladeless all laser equipment. The process involves two lasers, the first being our IFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser, responsible for creating the flap, while the Star S4 IR Excimer Laser corrects the vision in each eye. The vision will be a bit blurry after the procedure, and we recommend going home and resting which assists in the initial healing process. You will be required to take eye drops for approximately one week after the procedure, and our surgeons will follow up with you the next day and then approximately 1-3 weeks after that.
LASIK has a very rapid recovery. After surgery, we recommend you go home and rest to help with the initial healing process. The vision will be a bit blurry after the procedure; however, as the day goes on, you will notice your vision start to perk up. In the first few days after the procedure, it is common to feel some irritation in the eyes, this will resolve over time as you use your eye drops and your eyes continue to heal.
It is very common to be anxious about your procedure, please know you are not alone. You will be given oral valium to help calm your nerves, and topical numbing drops will be placed in each eye to make you more comfortable. Additionally, our staff is here to talk, even hold your hand to help ease your nerves.
You will be responsible for placing in eye drops for about one week after the procedure. Your eyes may take approximately 1-2 weeks to fully heal in which during this time-frame we do want you to avoid hot tubs, swimming pools, saunas, contact sports, and dirty or dusty environments.
LASIK is an extremely safe procedure, in fact, we utilize this technology on individuals serving our country in the military. There are risks to the procedure, including, but not limited to decrease in vision, infection, and corneal swelling. Though these risks are extremely low, they can occur.
Dr. Shapiro and A&S employee Veronica are all thumbs up after her successful LASIK procedure.
Veronica is 20/20 glasses-free!