Before and After Your LASIK Procedure
Your Pre-Op Exam
Preparation for LASIK is minimal but important. If you wear contacts, they will need to be taken out prior to your exam so your eyes can be allowed to return to their natural shape for accurate measurements. How long your contacts need to be out will depend on the type of contacts you wear. Our staff will let you know how long to have your contacts out when making your appointment. In general:
- Soft contact lenses should be out for at least 2 weeks
- Toric contact lenses should be out for at least 3 weeks
- Hard contact lenses should be out for at least 6-8 weeks (or longer)
Your pupils will be dilated and we will take extensive eye measurements using our CustomVue WaveScanTM technology. You can expect to be in our office for 1-2 hours during this exam and you will need to be driven home after your appointment. Your dilation may cause blurriness and light sensitivity for 1-2 days following the exam. Your eyes will be tested for:
- Pupil Size
- Dry Eye
Our LASIK Center
Medical Eye Center has a specialized ambulatory surgery center devoted exclusively to surgical treatment of the eye. Our dedicated team performs hundreds of LASIK surgeries each year. Anesthesia providers are integrated into the team, enhancing our ability to provide comfort and safety to our patients.
What happens on the day of your LASIK procedure?
First, to prepare for the procedure:
- You will need a driver to bring you to our office and take you home
- Allow about 2 hours in our office
- You will take a Valium to help you relax
Next, you will meet a personal assistant that will talk to you about:
- What to expect in the procedure room
- Take a nap when arriving home
- Restrictions / Limitations
- Eye Drops
- Safety glasses
- Shields at bedtime
LASIK Procedure Recovery
Your vision will be blurry after surgery, and you will need a ride home. We recommend that you do not return to work for 1-3 days, but some people feel ready to get started again the next day. If your job poses any risk to your eyes, you should consider taking a few extra days off.
- You will have 3-4 routine office visits to check the healing process after your procedure.
- You will be using prescription eye drops after your procedure to aid in the healing of your eyes.
- Follow Dry Eye Therapy treatment as recommended to aid in recovery.
- Keep your appointments!
Visual recovery time varies by individual. Most people experience vision improvements 2-4 weeks after surgery. Your vision may continue to improve for up to 3 months. Follow-up care is very important to achieving your best possible outcome. During your recovery, you will have a number of examinations scheduled so that we can properly monitor your progress.
Blade-Free LASIK provides better results
Blade-Free LASIK delivers a truly customized treatment to reduce your dependence on glasses and contacts. Clinical studies show that one year after the procedure:
- Many patients achieve vision that is 20/16 or better.
- 100% of nearsighted patients could pass a driving test without glasses or contact lenses.
- 98% of mild-to-moderately nearsighted patients could see 20/20 or better without glasses or contact lenses.
- 4 times as many mild-to-moderately nearsighted patients were VERY satisfied with their night vision after treatment, compared to before treatment.
Blade-Free LASIK Results for Myopia
In an FDA clinical study, one year after the Blade-Free LASIK procedure:
- 100% of people could pass a driving test without glasses or contact lenses.
- 98% of people could see 20/20 or better without glasses or contact lenses
- 70% people could see better than 20/20 without glasses or contact lenses
- Four times as many participants were very satisfied with their night vision after the VISX Advanced CustomVue procedure, compared to their night vision before with glasses or contact lenses.
Benefits of the Blade-Free LASIK Procedure
- Flexibility and customization means more patients are eligible • A better choice for patients who have a diagnosis of dry eye
- Better long term safety
- Sterilization, assembly
- Patient comfort-physical, mental
- Better visual outcomes