LASIK surgery is nothing new to the team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons. We understand that this is probably your first time undergoing laser eye surgery, and it is completely normal to feel curious and perhaps slightly nervous about your procedure. Having an idea of what you can expect on the day of surgery will hopefully calm some of your nerves and make you more confident about the procedure.
Getting Ready for Surgery
On the morning of your surgery, you can eat normally and take your regular medications (unless our LASIK team has given you alternative instructions). When getting ready for your surgery, dress in comfortable clothing. Refrain from applying any eye makeup or eye creams, and avoid wearing perfume or cologne.
You may be asked to take some medication prior to your appointment to relax you, and the medication will affect your ability to safely drive. You should have someone plan to drive you to and from the procedure.
Arriving at the Office for Your Surgery
When you arrive, you will check in and complete any pending paperwork, such as an informed consent form. After checking in, you will have the opportunity to ask any last-minute questions. Eyedrops will be placed in your eyes to numb them and reduce the risk of infection. If you have not already taken medication to relax you, you will be given some upon your arrival.
When it is time for surgery, you will be escorted into the treatment room and comfortably situated under the laser that performs the surgery. The laser will already be pre-calibrated to your specific treatment needs. The lids of your treated eye will be kept open with a small device called a speculum (don’t worry, the speculum does not cause any pain). When you are ready for surgery, you will be asked to focus on a special light to help you maintain the direction of your gaze.
The treatment itself should take no more than 15 minutes per eye. The laser can work in less than one minute per eye. You may feel some slight pressure, but no pain during surgery. Sophisticated eye tracking technology automatically pauses the laser should your eyes move during treatment.
Once the surgery is complete, you will relax in the recovery area and receive comprehensive post-op instructions and medications. We will release you into the care of your companion, who should take you home to rest. You may be wearing an eye shield or special goggles to protect your eyes as you leave to go home.
Take it easy for the rest of the day. Avoid anything that could irritate your healing eyes. Take your medication as prescribed and call the office if you have any questions.
Plan to visit our office the day after your surgery for your first follow-up appointment. You may notice that your vision is clearer and crisper already!
Contact Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons
If you would like to learn more about the LASIK procedure, please contact our Wyomissing office today.