What happens on the day of the LASIK procedure?

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LASIK is a life-changing procedure, and it’s normal to feel both excited and a little nervous on the day of your surgery.

Prior to your surgery, we will make sure that you understand some basic steps you should follow related to contact lens wear. On the day of your surgery, our team works to ensure your experience in our office is as comfortable as possible. Our counseling team will make sure that you’re prepared for the cost of your surgery and will also make sure to answer any additional questions you may have. We’ll check your eyes to determine their health, and then we’ll begin preparing them for surgery with some topical numbing drops. You may experience a brief sting with the application of these drops, but this sensation will subside and your eyes will become numb.

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Once your eyes are prepared for surgery, you won’t be in our laser suite long. Most LASIK surgeries take between 7 and 10 minutes from start to finish. We start by making a flap in each of your eyes using our femtosecond laser and then we’ll move you to our excimer laser for the reshaping of your cornea.

While most patients experience improved vision immediately, your vision can appear hazy at first, and we ask that you arrange your ride home prior to coming in for surgery, as we want you to arrive home safely after your surgery. Additionally, many patients report experiencing a brief period of irritation post-LASIK, and we recommend our patients take a nap to help avoid this experience. After a night’s sleep, most of our patients are ready to return to work, though they’ll experience a heightened sensitivity to light as the eye heals.

We want you to feel happy and comfortable with your experience at our office as well as with your visual result, and our team will work proactively to ensure you achieve both, answering any questions you may have along the way.

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