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What to Expect During LASIK Surgery

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If you’re looking for permanent vision correction, look no further than LASIK eye surgery. Avoid the trouble of contacts and distraction of eyeglasses by getting your procedure done at Wang Vision Institute. Our team will help you prepare for LASIK by identifying potential risks, performing initial tests and giving preoperative treatment tips. Learn what to expect during LASIK surgery below.

Prepare Your Paperwork

Before you arrive at your procedure, make sure all medical paperwork is filled out. Though LASIK only takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, it is wise to arrive early to allow doctors to perform tests beforehand. It is recommended you have a designated driver for your appointment to get home after your surgery. Check-in on time, turn in your forms, and stay relaxed for your procedure.

Initial Tests

Prior to the surgery, doctors will run initial tests to check your eyes. They will check for stable vision, levels of astigmatism, adequate corneal thickness, and dry eye issues. If for any reason our doctors determine that this is not a good time to get surgery, we will reschedule another consultation to re-evaluate. We want to make sure you are a good candidate for LASIK and are happy with your results.

The Procedure

While you will be awake during the surgery, your eyes will be numbed with anesthetic eye drops for comfort. After that, a suction device will be placed over each eye to prevent blinking and irritation. You will not be able to see the device during surgery and will not feel any pressure added to the eye. Our ophthalmologists will use a laser to introduce a thin corneal flap and outline the underlying tissue. The flap will be moved back into its initial position allowing it to self-heal.

Common Concerns

Being nervous about LASIK surgery is completely normal. If you have doubts about getting surgery, check with your doctor beforehand to make sure the procedure is right for you. While many may want LASIK for the convenience of not having to wear glasses or contacts, there are a multitude of vision correction options available. Find out if you’re a good candidate for LASIK here.

Recovery Process

Most patients who receive LASIK see dramatic results within one to two days. It’s important to go home directly after the procedure to rest your eyes as the anesthesia wears off. Avoid massaging the eyes for about two weeks during the recovery process. Results should develop within 2-3 months, and we will schedule a follow up appointment to administer surgery results. 

If you have any questions about LASIK eye surgery, attend one of our many FREE Vision Webinars every Tuesday at 7 p.m. CST to speak with Dr. Wang or one of our practitioners. 

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.