What to Expect – LASIK Surgery

On the day of your LASIK surgery, you can expect to be at our office for about an hour and a half. A lot will happen on that day, but the procedure only takes about 5 minutes per eye! At the time you scheduled your surgery you will have been given consent forms, prescriptions and told that you will need a ride home after the procedure. So, remember to bring your drops and your driver that day when you come to our office.

Below are the 5 steps to guide you through this surgery process:

1. You will start by checking in with our front desk team. Please bring your consent form with you but do not sign them, we will ask that you sign them when you check-in.  We will review your consent form(s) with you and verify your treatment information, then process your payment. Be sure you have reviewed your paperwork and bring all of the medications and eye drops you have been given.

2. Next, you will be taken to an exam room by one of our ophthalmic technicians.

  • The ophthalmic technician will offer you a small dose of Xanax. This medication, although optional, will help you to relax and remain still during the treatment.
  • Drs. Mills, Engle or Dr. Mozayeni will measure your vision again on the day of your treatment. We want to confirm the measurements previously determined and verify consistency.
  • Next, one of our ophthalmic technicians will return to the room to go over your post-operative instructions in detail. All of these instructions will be verbally reviewed and given to you in written form, so don’t worry about being nervous and forgetting what we tell you. If the person driving you to your appointment will be staying with you after your treatment, it is a good idea for them to join you to listen to these instructions.
  • The ophthalmic technician will be putting drops in your eyes and cleaning the area around your lids and lashes with a cleansing solution to prepare you for your treatment.
  • Once you have been given instructions and prepped for the laser room, Dr. Mozayeni will talk to you for a few minutes and tell you exactly what to expect in the treatment suite and answer any last minute surgery questions you may have.

3. One of our ophthalmic technicians will then escort you to the Laser Suite and turn you over to the care of the surgical technician to prep you for your surgery.

  • The technician will assist you to the laser bed, position you under the laser, and make sure you are comfortable.
  • They will start by taping some gauze pads at the side of your face (so the drops we use don’t run into your ears.) We then instill several numbing drops in your eyes. From this point on, the only thing you will feel during your procedure may be a little pressure.
  • We then tape a shield over one eye while we work on the other – this makes it much easier for you to concentrate on the fixation light that helps keep your eye aligned.
  • If you are having OptiLASIK (all-laser, blade-free LASIK), you will start your treatment on the WaveLight FS200 Laser, which is the laser we use to make the corneal flaps. This process takes about 30 seconds per eye. During this time, Dr. Mozayeni immobilizes the eye with a special device that creates a pressure feeling. Next the Dr. Mozayeni will use the Allegretto Eye-Q Laser to reshape your cornea.

If you are having a PRK procedure, your procedure will start at this point:

  • You will remain comfortable on the bed and he technician will swivel the bed to align you under the Allegretto Eye-Q Laser. You will hear how the laser sounds as the technician performs a calibration before Dr. Mozayeni begins. We start by keeping the eyelids open for you with a device you will not feel at all. Remember that your eyes are numb so you will not feel anything during this part. Many people don’t realize that when your eyes are numb, you don’t feel the need to blink!
  • Dr. Mozayeni will make sure that you can see the fixation light and that you are perfectly aligned under the laser. After a few steps to prepare your cornea for the treatment, he will move the eye tracker into position. Remember the eye tracker is always on! You will hear the sound of the laser that is similar to a soft buzzing noise. Most treatments only last between 10 and 30 seconds.

4. After a few seconds of rinsing with saline, the procedure is now over. If the other eye is scheduled to be done that will happen next. You can expect this entire process for both eyes to take about ten minutes, after which Dr. Mozayeni will use an eye microscope and check to make sure that everything looks perfect before you head home. One of our team members will escort you out of the laser suite and into a room where your eyes will be covered with clear plastic shields to protect them. You are then ready to go home for a nice, long nap.

5. You can expect your eyes to water, be sensitive to light and have some burning sensation for a few hours, so we suggest you go home and sleep through this part of it. By the time you wake up, your eyes should be comfortable and you will begin to see your results.