What can I expect during LASIK procedure procedure?

Many patients are curious about what they can expect on the day of their laser vision correction procedure.  The procedure itself only lasts only 10 to 60 seconds on each eye; however, the entire surgical visit can take up to two hours. Your laser treatment is specifically designed by your Dr. Holzman and is based on measurements gathered from your pre-operative exams. Make sure you schedule a one-day follow up appointment and remember to ask your doctor or technician any additional questions that you may have and share any of your concerns concerns regarding the procedure. Patients will not be allowed to drive themselves home after their procedure; you will be required to have a person to drive you home.

Here are the instructions we give to our patients about what they can expect on the day of their procedure.

“When the day of your LASIK procedure arrives, it’s natural to feel a mix of anticipation and nervousness. Here are a few things to remember before your LASIK procedure occurs:

  • Sign an informed consent form (some centers may have you do this prior to procedure day)
  • Avoid antihistamines or other drugs that can cause dryness of the eyes. There are no other restrictions on eating, drinking or medications.
  • Wear comfortable clothes, but do not use creams, lotions, eye makeup, perfume, hair spray, or wear earrings.
  • Do not wear your contacts prior to your LASIK procedure. Ask your doctor for more details.
  • Be sure to bring someone to drive you home, or make other arrangements for transportation. You should allow approximately two to four hours for the entire process, including the LASIK procedure itself.”

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