Day of Surgery and Recovery
What am I in for? What will it be like? How long will it take? How can I prepare myself?
The key word for your LASIK procedure is “Relax.” Here’s exactly how it will go:
First, we’ll ask you to set aside two days for your LASIK – the day of the procedure itself and the next day when you’ll come back to see us on your first post-op visit.
You should expect to be with us 3-5 hours on the day of your procedure. Some centers rush you through, but Dr. Wilson is never in a hurry when it comes to surgery, and he insists on verifying every important detail on the day of the procedure itself.
You’ll arrive, we’ll check you in, and get the final testing and paperwork out of the way. We’ll provide oral relaxation medication and then settle you down in the pre-op suite.
Most of us here at ClearSight have had LASIK ourselves. So we really do know what it’s like, and we’ll help you feel calm and relaxed.
We’ll give you some eye drops to prepare your eyes and give them time to take effect. Then, we’ll take you into the laser suite.
- You’ll be in the laser suite for around 15 minutes. You’ll recline on a special couch with a warm blanket so you don’t get cold from the air-conditioning. Dr Wilson will talk you through every step of the procedure and tell you exactly what is going to happen every step of the way. He’ll use two lasers – the first for creating the flap and the second for correcting the corneal irregularities.
- The actual procedure takes approximately 5-6 minutes per eye. You’ll have a small light to focus your attention, and you should know that there’s nothing you can do that might mess up the procedure. Dr. Wilson uses lasers with advanced eye tracking technology so that any slightest eye movement is detected, and if you were to turn your head or move your eye out of range, the laser would instantly stop until your eye was back in exact position again. Lots of folks worry that they’ll blink or twitch and ruin everything, but that is simply not an issue.
- You’ll feel slight pressure on your eye as the lasers do their work and no pain. And that’s it. You’ll start seeing better right away; patients are usually amazed to read the clock on the wall of the laser suite immediately after the procedure. Expect your vision to be somewhat blurry for a few hours while the eye drops wear off and your cornea rehydrates. We’ll take you back into the pre-op suite, and we’ll ask you to relax there for 30 minutes to an hour and rest your eyes. Dr. Wilson will make one final check to ensure everything is fine, and you’re done for the day.
- For the rest of the day you should rest your eyes as much as possible to help the healing process get underway. You can go out to eat, watch a little TV, or just take a nap. Some folks find this the hardest part of the whole experience because we’ll ask you to sleep on your back. This might mean reclining on pillows or in a chair so that there’s no risk of bumping your eyes while you’re asleep.
We’re on call 24/7 if you need us. Your eyes might feel a little dry after the procedure, but you should feel no pain at all. Most folks have a long and restful sleep the night of the procedure and wake to a whole new world the next morning.
Awaken To A Bright, New World!
Day 1 Post-op: The first moments when folks open their eyes the morning after LASIK are often the most startling and memorable. We call this the alarm clock factor – when you realize you can read the time without any lenses.
- Although the most dramatic improvement to your vision is reached by this first day after your procedure, you can expect some minor fluctuations and improvements over the following weeks as the cornea settles down.
- You’ll come back to see us on this day for your first post-op check, and then it’s up to you to test-drive your new lens-free vision. This is a good reason for having your LASIK on a Friday – so you’ve got the whole weekend for going, “Wow!” “Well, I never!” “This is amazing!” “Oh, my gosh, I can see EVERYTHING!”
The first week: You’ll take your antibiotic eye drops to help the healing process and artificial tears to keep your eyes feeling comfortable. We’ll advise you to treat yourself to a good pair of sunglasses, avoid eye make-up, contact sports, and water or dusty environments.
The general rule for the first month post-op is to observe sensible precautions, and you’ll have a short list of Do’s and Don’ts to ensure optimum healing.
At the end of that month, you’ll come back to see us for your one-month post op. We’re happy to see you at anytime, but weekly checks are not necessary, and you’ll be busy enjoying your new vision.
Why is this important? There are two reasons:
Fine tuning: The cornea is living tissue, and healing patterns differ from person to person and greatly depend on their age when the procedure is performed. Occasionally, once the healing process is done, it is desirable to fine tune the results of the initial procedure. This is perfectly normal and termed an “enhancement.”
Changes due to aging: Everyone’s vision changes over time, with most changes occurring within the first 20 years of life. However, for some folks these changes can continue into their 50s and 60s following the same genetic patterns that first produced their myopia or hyperopia. Again, the remedy is usually a simple enhancement which is free or low cost if you choose one of our packages that includes a Lifetime Commitment.
What’s the difference between ClearSight’s Lifetime Commitment and programs offered by other centers?
Our Lifetime Commitment, taken along with our 20/20 Guarantee, uniquely requires no fees for annual eye exams – that means all enhancements are included in the package, and you don’t have to provide proof that you’ve maintained yearly checkups. This can easily save you $1,000 over the next fifteen years compared to other “Lifetime Commitments” and keep you from losing the commitment completely if you forget to have even one exam.
If you have further questions about our Lifetime Commitment, we’ll answer them thoroughly when you come in for your Free Consultation.