If you are interested in LASIK surgery, the first step is to learn about the procedure. Go to our What is LASIK? page to learn about this surgery. Next go to our Am I a Candidate? page to determine if you are a candidate for laser vision correction surgery. Lastly, contact the offices of MidWest Eye Center, at 1-800-385 EYES (3937) to schedule a consultation with one of our LASIK specialists.
To determine if you are truly a viable candidate for LASIK surgery, it is important for you to evaluated by one of our LASIK specialists. Once you have your consultation scheduled, there are few things to remember, leading up to your appointment:
- If you wear soft contact lenses, stop wearing them 2 weeks before your evaluation.
- If you wear toric soft contact lenses, stop wearing them 3 weeks before your evaluation.
- If you wear hard contact lenses, stop wearing them 4 weeks before your evaluation.
- Be prepared to discuss past and present medical and eye conditions with your doctor.
- Have a list of current medications that you are taking and are allergic to.
During the consultation, the doctor will discuss your candidacy and the risks, benefits and alternatives to LASIK. You will also go through the procedure step by step, to know exactly what will happen and what you need to do before, during and after your surgery.
Leading up to Surgery
After you and your Ophthalmologist have decided on proceeding with LASIK surgery, it is recommended that you stop using creams, lotions, makeup and perfumes the day before your surgery. Also, MidWest Eye Center asks you to arrange for transportation to and from your surgery and your first follow-up visit.
The Day of Surgery
On the day of your LASIK surgery, you will arrive at the MidWest Eye Center’s West Chester Laser Center about an hour prior to the procedure. After you are checked in, preparations for your procedure will begin. Patients are instructed to clean their own face and eyes. A mild sedative is also prescribed to every patient to help calm their nerves. First, anesthetic eye drops will be used to numb your eyes (no injection is necessary). Once the anesthetic has taken effect and your eyes are completely numb, an eyelid holder is put in place to prevent any blinking during the short procedure. The anesthetic ensures that you are comfortable and relaxed during the procedure. The LASIK procedure is usually completed in five minutes or less, depending on how much correction is needed. You may experience some pressure during the procedure, but no pain.
Post – Op / After the Surgery
After the surgery is complete the corneal flap bonds naturally. Blurry vision is common immediately after the procedure and therefore you will need to have someone on hand to drive you home. In the first 24 hours after surgery, some discomfort may persist and can usually be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication. Some swelling and watering of the eyes, as well as sensitivity to bright light, may occur for a few days but most LASIK patients can resume their normal activities the next day.
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Doctors Who Perform This Procedure
Saif Jaweed, M.D.