LASIK surgery (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a popular type of laser vision correction that is used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In many cases, LASIK can eliminate or drastically reduce the need for contact lenses or eye glasses. It is by far the safest and most frequently performed eye surgery.
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How does LASIK surgery work?
With LASIK surgery, an excimer laser reshapes the inner layers of the cornea, the transparent dome that covers the front of the eye, to enable light rays to focus properly onto the retina (the tissue that lines the back of the eye). Depending on the type of vision problem, the cornea will be treated to have a steeper, flatter, or more rounded curvature.
The Consultation Process
All of our LASIK consultations are 100% free and there are no obligations. During your consultation, we will gather information through various tests that will provide us with measurements of the shape of your eye and your precise vision prescription. The testing will be followed by a thorough examination by Dr. Poulsen where he will check the eyes to make sure they are healthy and free of any eye diseases. Dr. Poulsen will also discuss with you what your vision needs are and exactly what your goals are with LASIK eye surgery. All of this information will be used by to determine your candidacy for LASIK or another refractive surgery. The entire process takes about 1 hour.
Our LASIK Surgery Process
Prior to your arrival, the information we gathered during your consultation is used to design a custom treatment which is then programmed into our wave front optimized laser. Upon request, Valium can be prescribed to ensure that you are as relaxed as possible for your procedure.
When it is time for your surgery, we will first administer numbing eye drops. The numbing drops are what make this procedure painless. A thin flap is then created in the cornea and gently folded back, exposing the inner layers of the cornea. Just prior to starting the laser treatment, the laser is lined up and “locked on” to your pupil. The tracking capabilities of our laser allow it to adjust to even the tiniest of eye movements. The length of the actual laser reshaping process varies with each patient, but averages under 15 seconds per treatment. Once the laser treatment is completed, the corneal flap is replaced and various eye drops are administered to prevent infection and assist in the healing process.
After the surgery, you will be provided with protective eyewear, dark sunglasses, and prescription eye drops. Dr. Poulsen will also be giving you a phone number where you can contact him directly, if needed, the first night after surgery.
What should you expect after your surgery?
Immediately after your procedure, you may notice some improvement to your vision, but it will still be blurry. Many of our patients describe it as if they are looking through water. This can last up to the first several hours after the procedure. When you get home, it is important to take it easy and rest your eyes as much as possible. Keeping them closed will minimize any stinging or burning that you may experience for a short while after surgery. The next morning, most people will see well enough to drive and resume many of their normal activities. There are some restrictions for the first week following surgery including: no swimming, sports, eye makeup, or heavy exercise. You will be seen for a brief check up with Dr. Poulsen the morning after your surgery so he can make sure that everything looks perfect.
We offer up to 12 months of no-interest financing through Care Credit. We also accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover credit cards. Cash and cashier’s checks are also accepted forms of payment for this procedure. We also offer 12 months of post-operative care including enhancements if needed.