About the LASIK Procedure
Are you a good candidate?
To be eligible for LASIK you must be 18 years of age or older and not have had a significant change in your glasses or contact lens prescription for the last 12 months. You will undergo a comprehensive eye exam and assessment to determine if LASIK is suited to the condition of your eyes, your overall medical situation, and your lifestyle.
Certain conditions may interfere with the healing process or cause additional problems, risks, or complications that may require additional care or may make you a questionable candidate for the procedure.
These conditions include, but are not limited to:
Eye inflammation or infection
Severely dry eyes
Excessive corneal disease or scarring
Degenerative disease of the cornea
If you have, or have been advised that you may have, any of these conditions, you should discuss them thoroughly with your surgeon.
Benefits of LASIK surgery
Laser vision correction is the opportunity to see clearly without contacts or glasses. In many patients, laser vision correction reduces or eliminates nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism, effectively decreasing their dependency on corrective lenses. Many patients achieve 20/40 vision or better.
All surgical procedures, including LASIK, involve risks of unsuccessful results, complications, infection, or even serious injury, from known and unforeseen causes. Neither your surgeon, nor your optometrist, nor the LASIK Center or its staff, can promise or guarantee that the procedure will be effective or make your vision better than it was before the procedure.
Unreasonable Expectations for your LASIK procedure include:
To have "perfect" vision without glasses.
To see better than you currently do with an up-to-date prescription
To eliminate the current or future need for reading glasses
To improve amblyopia or lazy eye
To prevent the occurrence of ocular conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma
What you can expect during your LASIK surgery
Laser vision correction is performed in steps. You will be taken to the LASIK suite or procedure room where you will lie on your back in a reclining chair.
“I had gone to Clarkson for eye exams and when considering LASIK they were my first choice. They made it easy and stress free. Now I see 20/20 and love it! Thank you!”
– Guy S.
After you are positioned properly, a numbing drop will be placed in your eye and a gentle eyelid holder will be used to hold your eyelids open. The surgeon will create a thin flap on your cornea using either the IntraLase laser or a hand held instrument called a microkeratome. The process takes only about 30 seconds from start to finish - it's quiet and it's comfortable.
You will be able to see, but you will experience fluctuating degrees of blurred vision during the rest of the procedure. The surgeon will create a thin flap on your cornea using the FS200 laser.
The laser will be positioned over your eye and you will be asked to stare at a light. This is not the laser used to remove tissue from the cornea. This light is to help you keep your eye fixed on one spot once the laser comes on.
When your eye is in the correct position, your doctor will start the laser. At this point in the surgery, you may become aware of new sounds and smells. The pulse of the laser makes a ticking sound. A computer controls the amount of laser energy delivered to your eye. Before the start of surgery, your surgeon will have programmed the computer to remove a specified amount of cornea tissue based on the measurements taken at your initial evaluation. After the laser procedure is complete, the flap is put back into position. After the surgery is complete, the surgeon will examine your eye(s) in the post-operative room to ensure the corneal flap is positioned correctly.
You will leave the surgery center wearing the sunglasses which will protect your eyes from the sunlight and outdoors, and prevent you from rubbing your eyes. Once you get to your car, close your eyes for the ride home.