Every patient heals at a different rate; however, the majority of our patients achieve legal driving vision the very next day. Your vision will continue to improve with the final visual results being realized within a week to a few months.
No. The treatment itself is painless. You will be given plenty of numbing (anesthetic) drops to completely numb the eye. You may feel a light pressure sensation around your eye, and after the procedure is finished you will feel a sensation our patients describe as “wearing a poor-fitted contact lens” for a few hours…but you shouldn’t have any pain.
Although that decision should be made between you and the doctor, with LASIK we typically do both eyes at the same time. Since the vision comes in so quickly and the post-operative sensation is minimal, doing both eyes at the same time makes sense to most of our patients.
A mild sedative and anesthetic drops are given to you before your surgery. You will be fully conscious, yet relaxed throughout the procedure.
Dr. Crews uses the most technologically advanced excimer lasers that offer eye tracking capabilities to continually reposition the laser beam during your procedure. The laser detects and then compensates for small movements by guiding the beam to keep it precisely centered over the treatment area.
You should plan on being in the office for approximately an hour-and-a-half. The actual procedure however, usually takes less than 20 minutes. Depending on your prescription, and the amount of correction needed, the laser itself only takes 20-50 seconds to correct your vision.
No. You’ll need to have someone drive you home after the procedure. Although your vision may (or may not) be good enough to drive right after the procedure, everyone is different. The Valium we give you prior to the procedure is a mild sedative, and sedatives and driving don’t mix.