LASIK: What to Expect Before, During, and After Your Procedure
First and foremost, our highly trained medical staff will make sure you are comfortable and relaxed while you are with us.
Every patient at Woolfson Eye Institute is unique, and your procedure here will be customized to deliver the best results possible for you. On surgery day, we will provide information about expectations and post-op care as we escort you through the Woolfson LASIK experience. Just before your surgery, we will provide you with thorough written and verbal pre-operative instructions, as well as the instructions you will need to follow after your procedure.
Before Your Procedure
If you haven’t already completed your comprehensive LASIK evaluation, you will need to have one prior to your procedure. Your comprehensive evaluation is a critical, mandatory step. During your evaluation you will receive the latest in diagnostic testing to identify the laser platform and procedure best suited to deliver your best vision possible at any age.
Patient Education Is As Important To Us As It Is To You
At Woolfson Eye Institute, patient education is important to us and critical to your making an informed decision. We will answer all of your questions and help you understand, based on your medical condition and history, prescription, and diagnostic testing, what results you can expect after your procedure.
Your Surgery Day
Please plan to arrive as rested and relaxed as possible on the day of your procedure. It is completely natural to feel nervous and excited before your procedure.
Wear comfortable clothing and make sure to bring a sweater or light jacket, as the surgical room is kept very cool. Do not use creams, lotions, eye makeup, hair spray, perfume, or wear earrings or other jewelry (even jewelry in piercings) above the neck. This is important, as your eye area will be thoroughly cleaned for surgery. Additionally, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and anesthetic drops will be placed in your eyes.
Your Woolfson Eye Surgeon Will Walk Through Your Entire Surgery With You
Prior to your procedure, your surgeon will spend a few minutes explaining everything that is going to take place inside the laser suite, review your treatment plan with you one more time, and answer any final questions you may have. Once you enter the laser suite, you’ll be placed comfortably on the surgical bed attached to the laser, and your surgeon will begin to perform your procedure. During your surgery, the surgeon will provide you with occasional simple instructions, such as, “Look at the flashing red light.” He or she will update you as to what’s occurring during each step of the way.
Only The Best Surgeons At Woolfson Eye Institute
You are in the hands of the best surgical teams in the industry, supported by Woolfson’s wide array of advanced and proven technologies, as well as by the expertise delivered via the Stulting Research Center at Woolfson Eye Institute. The Research Center works hand in hand with the LASIK team to ensure that we are aware of the latest techniques and technologies, and that we are actively involved in their development.
Please plan to allow for approximately three to four hours for your procedure. Be sure to bring someone to drive you home, or provide contact information to your Woolfson patient concierge to enable us to contact your support person as you are finishing your procedure to let them know you will soon be ready for pickup.
Your LASIK Procedure
Woolfson LASIK, the most common procedure performed at Woolfson Eye Institute, permanently changes the shape of the cornea with an excimer laser (a “cool” laser) to refocus how light enters your eye. The treatment is minimally invasive, virtually painless, and performed on an outpatient basis in one of our state-of-the-art surgery centers.
The Woolfson LASIK Procedure
Your customized LASIK procedure consists of four steps:
- Anesthetic drops are applied to your eye to ensure your comfort.
- One of our highly trained LASIK surgeons creates a protective flap and gently lifts it, revealing the inner corneal tissue.
- The Woolfson Eye Institute surgeon configures a sophisticated computer to emit controlled pulses of cool laser light to the inner layers of your cornea. As the laser pulses, it makes a ticking sound while evaporating microscopic amounts of corneal tissue, thereby reshaping your cornea.
- Once completed, your surgeon gently replaces the flap and aligns it to its original position. The flap will typically heal naturally and securely without sutures.
Most patients experience immediate improvement in their vision, and from that point continue to improve over the next few days and weeks through the healing process. Some patients may experience slight initial irritation, but most are quite comfortable after a few hours of rest.
After Your Procedure
After your LASIK procedure, you will receive a pair of protective sunglasses that you will be asked to wear over the next few days. You will also receive a Post Procedure Kit including lubricant drops, tape-on eye shields, and medication to help you sleep.
Your eye(s) may feel slightly irritated or you may tear up or water for a few hours. If you experience any discomfort, you may opt to take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Typically, patients go home, take their sleeping medication, and after a bit of rest (wearing protective eye shields) are quite comfortable within a short period of time. Please remember not to rub or touch your eyes during the early healing stage, especially those first few hours.
How Long After LASIK Before I Can Resume Normal Activities?
Most patients are able to return to work the following day. Apart from your post-procedure instructions, you will be free to resume most of your normal activities, except for the restrictions below:
- Do not shower until the day following your procedure. When you do shower, avoid letting water directly in your eyes.
- Do not rub your eyes for at least seven (7) days.
- Do not wear eye makeup for one week.
- Do not drive the day of your procedure.
- Do not watch TV or read for prolonged periods of time for a few days.
- Wear your protective sunglasses for the first two days following your surgery.
- Do not exercise for one week.
- Avoid swimming, hot tubs and whirlpools for one week.
- Avoid outside and dusty environments for one week.
- Avoid contact sports that could result in an eye injury for one month.
We understand that many people research about LASIK recovery times before they have their procedure. If you’ve been researching and thinking about having laser vision correction surgery for a while now, but haven’t yet, give us a call today (contact us today) to schedule your free LASIK evaluation!
Woolfson Eye Institute has LASIK centers across the Southeast in Georgia (Atlanta/Sandy Springs, Airport Location, Cumming, Lawrenceville), North Carolina (Asheville), and Tennessee (Chattanooga, Knoxville). We are prepared to give you your best vision, so contact us today!