Steps in LASIK Surgery
To ensure that you are a good candidate for laser vision correction, you will be asked to meet with our LASIK coordinator. During this preliminary visit, you will have the opportunity to discuss your expectations, the details of your surgery, and if you desire, your financing options. Once our LASIK coordinator establishes your candidacy, Dr. Bausch will perform a thorough eye examination, including corneal topography so that he can determine the appropriate treatment plan for you.
On the day of surgery, you will arrive at our office approximately 15 minutes before your scheduled surgery. You’ll be greeted by the LASIK coordinator and given your pre-operative instructions. If you are hungry you can nibble on cookies or have a cup of coffee. In addition, if Dr. Bausch deems it appropriate, you may be given a preoperative medication.
When it is time for your laser vision correction procedure, you will be escorted to our operating room. One of our Laser technicians will insert anesthetic drops in your eyes as well as clean and prep the area around your eyes to ensure sterility. You will then lie down on the reclining chair. A technician will put a patch on the left eye and a spring on the right eyelid to prevent blinking. Next, Dr. Bausch will use a special instrument called a microkeratome to create a thin flap in your cornea. After Dr. Bausch has made the flap, he will ask you to stare at a blinking light. Since your eyelid is held open, this will not be difficult.
Dr. Bausch will start the laser and you will hear a tapping sound. The procedure is often complete within 30 to 60 seconds. At the end of the procedure, the doctor will replace the flap and smooth the surface so it adheres to the cornea with a drying time of approximately one to two minutes.
With your right eye completed, Dr. Bausch will proceed with your left eye. Following the surgery, the doctor will examine your eyes with another instrument called a slit lamp and the LASIK coordinator will review the post-operative instructions with you. She will also give you special goggles, which you will wear for the rest of the day and night.
You may then go home with your driver, where you should spend the rest of the day resting with your eyes closed to promote healing. You will also take care not to rub or touch your eyes for 24 hours. The following day Dr. Bausch will see you for the first of your post-op visits, which are scheduled at one day, one week, one month, three months, six months and one year. The doctor may see you more often if need be.
Within several days of the surgery, there will be virtually no trace of the flap. Usually, there is no pain involved in the postoperative period, and your eyes will start to improve within hours of the procedure. As with any refractive surgery, you may end up with some under- or over-correction, which may be treated down the road if you and Dr. Bausch agree that it is necessary.
Enjoy your new eyes!