At Jenkins Eye Care we want all our patients to be knowledgeable about what to expect on their LASIK surgery day. We believe understanding what will happen during surgery helps our patients feel more comfortable and relaxed throughout the process.
Once Dr. Jenkins has completed a comprehensive LASIK evaluation and confirmed that a patient is indeed a good candidate for laser vision correction, the next step is to schedule the appointment for surgery.
All LASIK patients should prepare for surgery day by following these guidelines:
- Prior to their surgical appointment women should remove all traces of makeup especially eye makeup and pay particular attention to any debris around the lashes.
- All patients should refrain from wearing perfumes, lotions or after shave scents.
- Arrive comfortably dressed on surgery day and make plans for transportation to the appointment and back home afterward.
- Patients should stop wearing contact lenses for a period of time prior to surgery as directed by Dr. Jenkins. Contacts change the shape of the cornea and can affect the results. This step is critical to a successful outcome.
Day of Surgery
The surgical staff will administer anesthetic or numbing drops so patients will feel no pain during the surgery. A painless eyelid holder is used to prevent patients from blinking.
Patients may feel some slight pressure for a few seconds, but otherwise there is no pain during the surgery.
From start to finish the time in the surgery room is approximately 10-15 minutes.
Patients are completely awake during the procedure. The patient’s only “job” is to focus on a blinking or flashing light. You will notice little except lights and shadows.
- Step One:
Once a patient is lying comfortably on the swivel bed, the WaveLight FS200 Femtosecond laser will create the hinged flap in approximately 6 seconds. Our advanced blade-free technology is the fastest available in the United States. This allows Dr. Jenkins to reach the inner cornea and to proceed with the actual treatment.
- Step Two:
After the flap is gently lifted the WaveLight EX500 Excimer laser reshapes and treats the inner cornea to custom correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The excimer laser emits a cool ultraviolet light which generates no heat. This WaveLight refractive suite offers our patients a more accurate, precise and safe treatment delivering excellent results.
- Step Three:
Once the treatment is completed, Dr. Jenkins will gently replace the flap back into its original position and proceed to treat the second eye.
Many patients worry that they could do something wrong during the procedure and it could negatively affect their outcome. This is completely untrue. The WaveLight technology is so advanced that it will precisely follow any eye movements should patients stray from the blinking light. If a patient strays too far, the laser will shut down momentarily until they are comfortably back on the spot of focus, and it will continue from the exact moment it shut down. Dr. Jenkins will then safely conclude the treatment.
When the numbing medication wears off, a patient’s eyes may burn or feel a bit scratchy and irritated like a foreign body sensation.
Patients should go home and try to sleep for a few hours. Dr. Jenkins suggests to rest in a darkened room and take Tylenol or Advil to feel more comfortable as the numbing drops begin to wear off.
Patients can expect their eyes may feel dry upon awakening, but there should be a positive difference in vision. Patients are given a written list of post-surgical “do’s and don’ts” for the next week along with prescribed medications and moisture drops. These medications are to prevent infection and advance healing.
Plan to stay at home that evening and not to return to work for at least one additional day.
Patients visit the office the next day for a check-up with Dr. Jenkins. After a night’s sleep patients can expect visual clarity to be greatly improved. Some patients even discover they can drive themselves the next day.
It will take some time for your eyes to stabilize and heal properly. Patients may experience some fluctuations in vision the first week, but this is perfectly normal. Patients can return to work and most normal activities within the first week. Patients should avoid rubbing or scratching their eyes. Do not wear eye makeup, swim or get into a hot tub for at least one week.
Patients should avoid dusty or smoky environments, strenuous exercise, and should not engage in any activity that could cause trauma to the eyes for the first week.
Some patients may initially experience some dry eye symptoms, sensitivity to light, glare or halos. All these conditions are temporary and will dissipate within a few weeks.
We will monitor the healing process for several months to a year and make certain your eyes are healthy and healing is proceeding as expected. If a patient has been referred by their Optometrist, they will return to their doctor for check-ups.
This one day will change your life forever. Expect the best care, the best technology and the best attention to detail at Jenkins Eye Care.
Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions about LASIK surgery and the benefits of reducing or eliminating your need for glasses and contact lenses.
Contact us today or call toll free (855) 522-2020