From the time you call University Laser Vision Center with questions or to set up a free consultation through your post-surgery appointments, our trained and experienced staff is here to provide the help you need. Our fellowship-trained corneal surgeons perform all consultations, evaluations, surgeries and post-operative exams, so whether you're undergoing LASIK or PRK, you're assured of getting the best possible care at each step along the process.
The first step in this process is the free consultation/screening - performed by one of our experienced surgeons -- to help you decide if you're a good candidate for laser vision correction. At this appointment you can discuss your individual situation with one of our surgeons, who also perform a laser vision correction screening. This screening includes a reading of you eyeglass prescription or a computerized measurement of your focusing status.
If after the consultation you decide to proceed, one of our surgeons will perform a comprehensive evaluation, which takes 2-3 hours. During this exam, the surgeon takes critical measurements and performs a computerized corneal mapping, refraction and a dilated eye exam to prepare for the procedure and ensure you're a good candidate. They will also explain the procedure to you in detail and answer any questions you have.
Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled procedure. You'll need to have someone drive you and take you home. Although the procedure itself takes a short time, you should plan to spend about 1 to 1 ½ hours at the Center so that we can prepare your eyes, administer drops and answer your questions before and after the procedure.
The laser is extremely sensitive, so the following may not be worn the day of the procedure:
At the laser center, we apply anesthetic drops to numb your eyes so that you'll be comfortable during the procedure. An adhesive "dot" used for reference is placed above your eyes to be treated. The area around the eye is then cleaned using a special antiseptic solution to ensure sterility. Our staff then explains the procedure, reviews post-operative instructions and answers any questions you may have.
When it is time for your laser vision correction procedure, you are escorted into the laser room and directed to lie down on the reclining chair. The non-operative eye is covered to help you with fixation. A drape is placed around the eye and an eyelid holder is used to keep the eyelids open and to prevent you from blinking.
With LASIK, the surgeon uses an instrument called a microkeratome to create a flap on the cornea. The surgeon folds back the flap and focuses the laser on the exposed area. After reshaping the cornea, the surgeon then places the flap back to its original position, where it adheres within minutes. A transparent shield is placed over the treated eye(s) to be worn home that day and at bedtime for the next seven days.
Shortly after the procedure is completed you can be driven home. It is best to rest as much as possible for the first 12 hours, being careful not to rub or touch your eyes. It is important to attend your scheduled follow-up visits and take medication exactly as prescribed for a successful outcome.
After LASIK, you should not have much discomfort, although it is common to experience temporary discomfort comparable to having an eyelash in your eye, fluctuation of vision, increased light sensitivity, halos and some glare. These will start to diminish over the following weeks.
Most patients see a dramatic improvement in their vision very quickly - usually within a few hours after the procedure. In fact, after laser vision correction 98 percent of all people can see well enough to pass a driver's license test without any correction.