Surgery with a LASIK eye surgeon has many incredible benefits; however, it’s important to do a little research and see the eye doctor for an initial consultation. That initial exam provides the best opportunity to ask certain questions you may have about the procedure. Below are five of the most important questions you should consider asking a LASIK eye surgeon.
How many LASIK surgeries have you performed?
This question is the right place to start when becoming acquainted with a surgeon. While low procedure numbers aren’t necessarily indicative of a poor provider, you may want to work with an experienced cornea specialist. Regardless of preference, you should always try to learn more about the surgeon’s years and level of experience with LASIK.
Which laser technology do you use?
Laser eye surgery technology is continually evolving, including the tools used to do the procedure. Each procedure has certain advantages, and it’s important that your eye surgeon uses technology that will provide the best results possible. LASIK eye surgeons like Dr. John Goosey can help you make the best choice.
Who is a good candidate for LASIK?
If you’re over the age of 18, have good eye health, and a stable vision prescription, it’s possible that you’re a good candidate. Other criteria, such as corneal thickness and other eye conditions, will also be carefully considered during the LASIK consultation. Overall, candidacy is evaluated on an individual basis. If it’s determined that you’re a candidate, you should have the option to schedule your surgery date, and be given all the pre-operative instructions on what to do and what not to do leading up to surgery.
What can I expect the day of surgery?
The LASIK procedure itself is done in-office on an outpatient basis, and only takes about 15 minutes to perform. However, you should plan to be there for about an hour. Surgeon or staff should go over post-operative instructions with you before surgery. The blade-free procedure is painless as you’ll be given anesthetic eye drops for comfort, and have the option of taking a valium to relax during the procedure. LASIK surgeons like Dr. Goosey will immediately want to examine your eyes 15-30 minutes after surgery before going home. Though you will be able to see very well immediately after surgery, you’ll likely need to have a driver because of the effects of the valium. You will leave the surgery with clear shields on your eyes to prevent rubbing while eyes are numb. It’s also recommended to rest/sleep for the rest of the day to help the eyes naturally begin the healing process.
What is expected after surgery?
The LASIK eye surgeon will expect to see you for a 1-day post-operative follow-up appointment. You will be able to clearly see, so you can drive yourself to the appointment the next day, as well as return to work. Most patients will experience slight eye irritation, redness, light sensitivity, and watery eyes after LASIK; however, you will be given various prescription eye drops to help with the healing process and soothe the eyes. Ultimately, you should expect to follow all the post-op instructions given so that the eyes will continue to improve over time and completely stabilize after surgery.
These are just some of the most common questions to ask about LASIK; however, before a consultation, take a moment to develop a list of questions or concerns to take with you to ask during the appointment. Experienced LASIK eye surgeons, like Dr. Goosey, will have a host of information to share, and will gladly provide answers tailored to your needs and interests. Call 713-234-6134 for your FREE LASIK consultation.