Considering a Lasik procedure can be a scary though. However, it has the highest patient satisfaction rate of any elective surgery. Knowing what to expect during the surgery will help make you feel comfortable and confident in your decision to correct your vision with Lasik. Here is a step by step guide to Lasik procedure.
- Step 1. Before your initial evaluation, stop wearing contact lenses. The lenses can slightly alter the shape of your cornea, so give your eyes time to return to their normal shape. How long depends on the type of contact lenses you wear, if they are soft stop for two weeks and if they are hard lenses stop for a month. Your doctor can recommend the exact time length before your initial evaluation.
- Step 2. You will need a thorough eye examination to determine if you are eligible for Lasik. This is like a routine eye checkup, but more thorough to check for any irregularities or issues that could arise.
- Step 3. Once you have been approved for Lasik, you can prepare for the procedure. You will need to stop wearing contacts for a similar amount of time before your surgery. The day before, your doctor will ask you to stop using creams, lotions, make-up and perfume, and to scrub your eyelashes to reduce bacteria. If you have dry eye, you might be provided with a regimen of artificial tears, warm compresses, gels and other medications to treat the dry eye or eyelid inflammation. You will need transportation to and from your visit and the day after surgery to ensure you are not driving.
- Step 4. Prepare your eyes for Lasik procedures. You will be awake for the procedure, with the eyes numbed. Once you’re positioned properly under the Lasik machine, a speculum (or stabilizing device) will help keep your eye open. Another device holds your eye still for treatment, which can cause your vision to darken for a few seconds. Your surgeon will then create a small, circular flap in the cornea, something that most people cannot see and feel little to no pain.
- Step 5. The surgeon will lift the flap in the cornea back and the laser will send short, invisible pulses of cool ultraviolet light to reshape your cornea. This laser removes corneal tissue, and the surgeon is monitoring the eye the entire time to ensure that the laser is follow the map of your eye that was created during the initial exam.
- Step 6. The flap is then put back into place to protect the eye and enhance healing. One eye is done at a time, so they will then do the same procedure with the other eye.
- Step 7. After you are done, you will rest a bit until the doctor releases you to go home. Protective sunglasses will be provided for you, as well as any needed prescriptions. You are then recommended to rest for the day.
Lasik is something that is most often pain-free, although some patients have experienced discomfort. When all is said and done, you should be able to live a life with corrected vision without requiring lenses.
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Wright Eye is pleased to bring you this article on the step by step Lasik procedure. Wright Eye are one of the top eye doctors in Colorado Springs. They specialize in Lasik, PRK, IOL, and Cataracts in Colorado Springs.