These are the 4 main steps for your Path to LASIK surgery
Step 1 – FREE consultation
Prior to determining your candidacy we suggest that you come into our office for a LASIK eye surgery patient consultation. During this consultation we will discuss if LASIK is right for you. We will educate you on the entire surgical process, discuss outcomes, and detail the risks of the surgery. LASIK is a surgical procedure and therefore requires surgical expertise. We feel that the medical directors at Precision LASIK are among the TOP eye doctors and LASIK surgeons in the state of Connecticut. Coming from all over the state our group of Corneal Specialists perform LASIK under the safest, most credible circumstances. Patient safety is never compromised at Precision LASIK group. To schedule your FREE patient consultation call us TODAY at 203.250.9800.
Step 2 – Pre Operative LASIK Evaluation
Not everyone is a candidate for the LASIK procedure but there are millions nearsighted, farsighted and astigmatic people that could be potential candidates. Determining your candidacy is the crucial step to your path for better vision. If you are a candidate for LASIK eye surgery the chances of success will be excellent. If you are not a candidate, our medical directors will explain the reasons and potentially suggest a different vision correction procedure if one applies to your specific visual case. The reason that this pre-operative exam is so important is that no two eyes are the same. No two cornea maps are the same just like with a Fingerprint or DNA sample. This is why a pre-operative exam is absolutely necessary. Before LASIK is performed you will be required to undergo a series of diagnostic tests to determine the stability of your vision. After a thorough evaluation of your cornea, the doctors will be able to determine if you are a candidate.
Basic LASIK candidacy requirements:
- Must be over 18 years of age
- Must have stable vision prescription
- Must have track record of healthy eyes
- Must not have keratoconus
- Must not have severe dry eye syndrome
- Must not be pregnant or breast feeding
- Must pass corneal thickness tests
Step 3 – Day of LASIK Surgery
On the day of surgery you will be escorted into the laser room and you will be positioned under the laser microscope. After a thorough cleaning process near your eyes and eyelids the surgeon will be ready to start. First a lid speculum will be placed on top of your eye to hold the eyelids back during surgery. Anesthetic drops will be applied and the surgeon will prepare for the flap making process. The doctors will use an automated microkeratome to precisely make the LASIK flap. After the flap is created it will be lifted back. Next, the excimer laser will be applied with the your specific parameters necessary to correct your vision. The flap will then be repositioned to its normal spot and drops are applied. Once the surgery is completed you will be escorted out of the LASIK suite and into a resting place to await surgical review and post-operative instructions. You will begin to notice a positively altered view, although the vision will not be perfect at this point.
Step 4 – LASIK Post Operative Care
After your LASIK/PRK eye surgery we suggest that you head home and get a good night’s sleep. When you are asleep your body goes into a healing mode. You should not drive a car, operate machinery, read books/magazines or attempt stairs immediately following surgery. You will be given an eye shield to protect your eyes [LASIK]. Please wear the shields for the day & night of surgery and the following two weeks at bedtime. This helps prevent you from rubbing your eyes while sleeping or getting inadvertently poked in the eye by something or someone. If you had PRK, you will receive a bandage contact lens on the operative eye[s]. Should this contact lens fall out prior to your next post-op visit, DO NOT attempt to replace.
Please Protect Your Eye After LASIK eye surgery
The corneal “flap” is not sutured or glued down. It will adhere by itself over the course of one to two weeks. Therefore, it is very important that you do not rub the eye vigorously, participate in contact sports or any scenarios with “flying objects” [safety glasses always suggested!] and do your best to control all liquids/lotions/chemicals around the eye area. We will provide you with extra shields and additional tape in your post-operative LASIK kit.
For a complete list of post operative instructions please feel FREE to call us at 203-250-9800. For additional questions regarding laser vision correction or alternative vision correction options do not hesitate to contact us.