So, you have decided to get lasik eye surgery at Mile High Eye Institute, but you still feel a little unsure about what to expect during the procedure. It is not uncommon to feel a bit uneasy or nervous, as many people do before any kind of medical procedure. Lasik eye surgery, however, is one of the easier procedures for a patient to undergo. With a virtually no pain and a quick heal time, the day of your lasik eye surgery should be relatively easy. Here is how the procedure will work.
First, you will be checked in and likely asked to fill out some paperwork and attend to any other housekeeping items before you are prepped for the procedure. This is also a good time to ask any additional questions that you are unsure of. Some people are quite nervous at this time, which is normal.
Next, you will enter the procedure room to be prepped for lasik surgery. To do this, the doctor will put some numbing drops into your eye or both eyes if you are having the procedure done on both eyes. These numbing drops will make it so that you have no pain during the surgery.
When the doctor does the procedure, they will use either a laser or a very small blade to create a flap in your cornea. Whether they use a laser or blade depends on what type of lasik surgery you are getting. Some doctors use all-laser treatments. When the flap is created, some patients have said they feel a little bit of pressure, however it is not painful.
After the flap is created, the doctor will lift it and use a laser to reshape the cornea underneath in order to correct your vision. This is a little different from cornea surgery because cornea surgery generally removes parts of the cornea to correct injury or infection and replaces it with new corneal tissue. With lasik surgery, there is just a bit of reshaping with a laser that has been programmed to address your specific eye needs.
The procedure will be done in around 15 minutes and your eyes will essentially start healing immediately. You may experience some watering of the eyes or changes in your vision over the next few days, but many people go back to work the next day.
Make sure to have a ride home on the day of the surgery however, as you may be sensitive to light and experience a bit of blurred vision directly after the procedure.
Your doctor will have you come back the next day to check on your eye or eyes and make sure it looks like it is healing well. You will likely also have a few check ups during the six months following the procedure. Make sure to attend these so that you can confirm the success of the surgery.
In this day and age, lasik surgery has become a quick, reliable option for people who no longer want to worry about wearing glasses or contacts. With a high success rate, quick heal time and long-term results, it is no wonder so many people decide to get lasik to address their vision correction issues.