The typical PRK procedure takes less than five minutes. Each step will be explained to you by your doctor as it is performed.
An eyelid holder will be placed in your eye to prevent you from blinking. You will feel a little pressure, but no discomfort, as the anesthetic drops will have taken effect.
Your doctor will then treat your eye to remove the surface layer, either using the laser or a manual instrument. Both methods are painless. The surface layer is naturally replaced by your body within three days.
You will be asked to stare at the red target light.
The laser will make a clicking sound as it works.
Most PRK procedures take less than 30 seconds of total laser time.
It is not uncommon tor patients to move their eyes during the procedure. A little movement does not cause any undue risk or danger to your eye, but you should try to remain as steady as possible.
The laser can be stopped and started precisely within a fraction of a second. The doctor maintains control throughout the procedure.
The typical LASIK procedure takes five to 10 minutes. Each step will be explained to you by your doctor as it is performed.
An eyelid holder and a ring will he placed on your eye to keep it steady and prevent you from blinking. You will feel a little pressure but no discomfort as the anesthetic drops will have taken effect.
You will not see anything or feel any discomfort during the creation of the corneal flap.
The laser will then be applied to the cornea beneath the flap.
The flap will be closed, and your eye will be left to settle for a few minutes.
Your eye creates a natural vacuum to keep the flap shut until the protective layer of the eye grows to keep it together, within 24 hours.
LASIK is based on procedures which have been performed for over 30 years with highly effective results. LASIK is an excellent example of the combination of a proven manual technique with state-of-the-art technology. It is considered by many leading eye care professionals throughout the world to be the best procedure available for correcting moderate and severe prescriptions.
Once your procedure is complete you will be able to go home almost immediately to rest.
Additional drops will be placed in your eyes and medication may be given to you to use over the next few days.
If you have PRK, a bandage contact lens will typically be placed in your eye. It is a very thin, clear lens which along with the eye drops used dramatically reduces any discomfort you may feel following the procedure. Even if you have never used contact lenses before, do not be concerned, as our staff will insert and remove the lens for you.
If you have LASIK, you will not receive a contact lens, but rather an eye shield that will be placed over your eye for the first 24 hours. You should use the shield nightly for the first week to protect your eye while you are sleeping.
You will typically notice dramatic visual results within the first few days following the procedure. By the end of the third day, you will usually be able to resume all of your regular activities.
It is important for you to remember the following during this period:
We recommend that you rest as much as possible following your procedure as sleep helps to speed up your recovery tremendously. You may find that placing a cold compress over your eyes while resting is very comfortable and soothing.
You should avoid swimming, hot tubs, or whirlpools for one week.
Showers and baths are fine, but try to keep your eyes closed in the shower and avoid getting water and shampoo in your eyes for the first few days.
We recommend you avoid eye makeup, gardening and dusty, dirty environments for one week.
Smoking is allowed, but you may find that smoke will be quite irritating.
Watching TV and reading will strain and irritate your eyes for a few days. These activities should be done in moderation.
We recommend that you avoid driving for the first three to five days following your procedure, as you may experience blurred vision and the loss of depth perception.
If you are planning to have both your eyes treated at the same time, we recommend you rest for one week following your procedure.