WHAT TO EXPECT…
CONSULTATION – FREE with no obligations
- During the consultation a number of examinations will be performed to get a thorough understanding of your overall eye health, these may include the following:
- visual acuity
- measurement of current glasses
- infrared pupillometry (measurement of nighttime pupil size)
- pachymetry (measurement of corneal thickness)
- corneal topography (using up to 3 different systems to measure both anterior and posterior surfaces)
- wavefront analysis
- Based on these exams and your individual conditions (age, eye health and visual needs) your Patient Relations Manager will go over your vision correction options. During this time feel free to ask as many questions as you would like. We are here to guide you through the process and ensure that you feel comfortable about the procedure and the steps involved. You will also have an opportunity to meet Dr. Robert Lin, our surgeon, to personally discuss your laser eye surgery and further answer any questions you may have.
BEFORE YOUR SURGERY
- Contacts should not be worn at LEAST 3 days PRIOR to your LASIK eye surgery.
- Wash your hair the night before your surgery or the morning of.
- Make sure you eat a good meal prior to your LASIK surgery, you will need to go home and sleep immediately after your procedure to begin the recovery process.
- No caffeine (4) hours prior to your LASIK eye surgery, this includes soda, tea and/or coffee.
- Do not wear make-up on the day of your procedure. Be sure to clean off all make-up, such as mascara, the night before and again the morning of.
- Do not wear any cologne or perfume the day of your LASIK eye surgery.
- Bring your IQ Laser Vision Preventive Eye Care Package bag on the day of your procedure, these are provided to you during the consultation before your surgery date.
AT YOUR SURGERY
- Your eye will be numbed with an eye drop anesthesia. During the procedure, an eyelid holder will be placed between your eyelids to prevent you from blinking. Dr. Lin will need to access the corneal stroma (inside the cornea) in order to correct your corneal refraction with your chosen laser.
- The cornea will be gently reshaped and adjusted in order reflect light accurately onto your retina. This step involves using a laser to treat some of the corneal tissue in order to reduce the steepness of your corneal curvature. You will hear the sound of the laser’s hum.
- Once the laser step is complete the corneal epithelium/flap is gently positioned. The protective flap naturally bonds with the cornea, stitches or adhesives are not required.
AFTER YOUR SURGERY
- You should make arrangements for someone to drive you straight home after your procedure so you can get some rest. We strongly recommend going straight home after the procedure and going to sleep to rest your eyes minimize discomfort. We will send you home with shields on your eyes to protect them.
- It is important to keep the shields on your eyes and during sleep
- The cornea is about 80% healed in the first 24 hours after the LASIK procedure. Almost all patients are able to resume their normal activities the day after surgery. Patients are able to shower and wash their faces the next day if care is taken not to rub their eyes.
- You can resume your regular daily routine after two weeks.
- Make-up (including eye make-up) can be worn a couple days after surgery upon clearance from your follow-up exams. Once again, care should be taken not to rub your eyes.
- While patients may engage in sport activities within a few days following surgery and after clearance from follow-up exams, protective goggles should be used if there is a concern of sustaining trauma to the eyes. Sweat in the eyes is not a problem and will not affect the recovery.
- In general the entire healing process can take between 3-6 months depending on each individual.
- You will have a series of follow-up appointments throughout the first year to monitor your recovery progress. Our receptionist will schedule these with you each time you come in for a follow-up examination.
- If you have any questions or concerns after your procedure, your Patient Relations Manager would be more than happy to assist you.