Before you decide to proceed with laser vision correction, we will perform a complete dilated eye exam to be certain that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Once you and your doctor decide to schedule your procedure, you should perform the lid scrubs routine for at least 3 days immediately prior to your procedure.
On arriving at the Laser Vision Institute, you will be greeted and taken on a brief tour of the facility to answer questions and ensure that you are comfortable. Before proceeding with laser vision correction, a final check of your eyes will be completed. Eyes to be treated are measured and mapped and the information is reviewed to detect and isolate any irregularities in the shape of the cornea.
Before performing the procedure, the staff will be available to review the procedure with you, answer any questions, and conduct additional examinations as appropriate.
Most patients dress casually and comfortably. You are reminded not to wear make-up or fragrances. We encourage patients to bring a companion with them to see the laser vision correction. Your companion may accompany you through the entire process.
You will not be given a general anesthetic. In fact, the only mediations administered during the procedure are eye drops. (Anesthetic, antibiotic, and/or non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications may be used, as appropriate. While allergic reactions to these medications are rare, please advise the surgeon of any allergies you may have.)
In the laser room, you will lie of the bed of the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q. The eye that is not being treated will be covered and the eye to be treated will be aligned with the excimer laser system. Then, an instrument called an eyelid speculum will be placed between your upper and lower eyelids to prevent you from blinking.
Total laser treatment time for most patients is less than 30 seconds per eye. Your surgeon will tell you how you are doing throughout the procedure.
During the procedure, you will notice distinctive sounds and smells. For example, the machine makes a clicking or snapping noise whenever the laser is in use. The surgeon will let you know before the pulse begins so that the noise will not startle you. Laser treatment of the eye tissues also produces an odd, somewhat unpleasant odor.
Once reshaping of the cornea is complete, additional eye drops are instilled, a protective soft contact lens is inserted, and the eyelid speculum is removed.
If you are having both eyes done on the same day, it will take a few minutes to program the computer and prepare for laser treatment of your other eye. The total time in the laser room is usually less than 20 minutes.