Laser or refractive is eye surgery permanently changes the shape of the cornea using a specialized ultraviolet laser (excimer laser) by removing layers of the corneal tissue, making it possible for light rays to focus clearly on the retina. Other procedures replace the eye’s natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens. These procedures are performed to correct vision and reduce an individual’s need for glasses or contact lenses.
Types of refractive laser eye surgeries:
Our surgeons will recommend the best choice for you.
Ideal candidates for Laser eye surgery:
If you are bothered by the dependence on wearing glasses or contact lenses, laser eye surgery may be right for you.
Laser eye surgery procedures most commonly include the following steps:
Step 1 – Consultation
Our surgeon will meet with you to evaluate your eligibility for your requested surgery, to discuss your goals and to advise you on the expected outcome. You will be required to complete a health questionnaire which will be reviewed during your consultation. It is very important to understand all aspects of your laser eye surgery procedure, so be sure to ask questions. It is natural to feel some anxiety and preoperative stress and our team will make every effort to put your mind at ease.
Step 2 – Hospital admission & Surgery prep
On the morning of your surgery, you will be admitted to the hospital and our surgeons will go over your health questionnaire, take your vital signs and do a full blood panel and comprehensive eye examination, to ensure you have no conditions barring you from surgery. The surgeon will also take your eye measurements and perform computer imaging required for your surgery.
Step 3 – Anesthesia
Once you have been cleared for surgery, medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The only anesthetic used in laser eye surgery are eye drops that numb and stabilize the surface of the eye and preventing movement during surgery. The procedure is done when you are awake, but you will be given medicine to help you relax. Laser eye surgery may be performed on one or both eyes during the same session.
Step 4 – The incision
Our surgeon will make an incision to create a partial flap around the corneal tissue using a laser knife (femtosecond). This flap is then carefully peeled back so that the laser can reshape the underlying corneal tissue. Flap size is determined by the type of laser procedure chosen and will determine overall healing time.
Step 5 – Closing the incision
Our surgeon replaces the corneal flap and secures it in place. Stitches are not generally required. Typically, most laser eye surgery procedures will take a maximum of 10 to 15 minutes for each eye and are performed on an outpatient basis.
Step 6 – Post Surgery
Immediately following your laser surgery procedure, our surgeons may fit you with “bandage” contact lenses to protect your eyes and improve healing. You will be asked to sit upright and after 20 minutes you will be released and accompanied back to your hotel.
Step 7 – You will see our surgeon the following day and up to three follow up visits post-surgery.
Improved vision will be noticeable immediately after your laser eye surgery procedure, however, irritation and discomfort will subside within 7 to 10 days following surgery.
*All of our Laser eye surgery procedures are performed in an accredited, licensed ambulatory, surgical EYE hospital facility.