It’s incredible how much our lives can change in just 60 seconds. If you’re seeking laser eye surgery, 60 seconds is about how long the laser will actually be active. In that time it will reshape your cornea, giving you a brand new perspective on the world you see.
The benefits of laser eye surgery are enormous: a life without contacts or glasses; improved vision at all hours of the day; and the ability to finally throw away those half-empty bottles of contact solution.
Is laser eye surgery something you’re interested in? Visit us for a consultation and candidacy assessment. From there, we’ll point you towards the appropriate next steps.
Like all surgical procedures, you can’t simply walk into a clinic ready to get operated on. In order to ensure the best possible outcome, a surgical consultation is required.
During this consultation we will:
These tests are necessary to determine if you are a candidate for the surgery. If so, we will provide you with the appropriate surgical referral as well as the next steps.
The actual procedure will be completed within 30 minutes, with the majority of that being prep for the surgery. Once prepped, the laser is only used for between 15 and 60 seconds per eye.
However, budget at least two hours for the procedure to take place. This will cover your arrival, intake, filling out paperwork, and consulting with the Ophthalmologist about what to expect during and after surgery.
Numbing drops will be placed on your eye and an instrument called a lid speculum will be used to hold your eyelids open. Remember, your eyes and surrounding tissues are numb- you won’t feel this!
A flap will be cut into your cornea using either a mechanical or laser keratome. The doctor will then prep your eye for the laser application. When ready, you will be asked to stare at a fixed position (typically a light) while the laser is activated.
You may experience varying levels of pressure on your eye, as well as blurry vision in the affected eye. You may also hear and smell some weird things- this is normal. Remember, this procedure is both routine and very safe.
After the procedure is complete you will be given an eye shield to wear. This will prevent you from irritating the operated on eye.
We will see you again shortly after your surgery (within 48 hours) to examine the eye in order to ensure everything is healing as it should. We will remove your eye shield and test your vision.
We will provide you in-depth information about what to do and what not to do after your surgery. Important things to remember: