WHAT HAPPENS ON LASIK DAY? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Admit it, you are interested in having LASIK done but are worried about going through the actual procedure. Fear no more, read below to see how easy it is.
I meet you at the laser center in Brookfield. You have brought along a driver for getting home afterwards. We give you a mild oral sedative (Ativan) to relax you. The intake nurse explains what to do when you get home (take a nap, start eye drops). Once in the laser suite, you lay down on your back between the two lasers.
For the first laser, you look into a dark tunnel and then feel a slight pressure sensation. The laser takes 6 seconds to generate the flap on the surface of your eye. We do the right eye first and then the left. While this pressure is not too tough to tolerate, it’s as bad as it gets. From then on you are home free.
For the second laser, you look at a tiny blinking green light while I gently retract the small flap and apply the laser to the surface of the eye. This laser runs a different durations depending on your prescription but generally about 30 seconds. I then reposition the flap and dry it in place for 30 seconds.
You sit up and can already see the clock at the end of the room but you vision is still slightly cloudy. You go home and take a nap, with the aid of an Ambien sleeping pill. When you wake up your vision is even better and this again happens the next morning. Most (90%) of the vision improvement occurs in the first day. There is a slower improvement over the next week. Most patients can easily drive themselves to their appointment the next day.
Doesn’t sound so bad, does it? What are you waiting for? See you soon.
Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in blade-free LASIK and small incision cataract surgery.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.