Aside from instantly giving patients the gift of brighter vision, LASIK presents one of the quickest and easiest recovery periods in comparison to other types of operations – most people are back to their normal routines after only 24 hours.
Still, LASIK is a process.
To ensure the smoothest and best results possible, Shinagawa patients are to go through safe and precise steps and processes leading up to and after their surgery.
BEFORE THE PROCEDURE
All interested LASIK hopefuls will first undergo comprehensive screening to determine if they’re eligible for LASIK or another vision correction procedure. At Shinagawa, we have the most comprehensive and advanced LASIK screening to ensure the best and safety for our patients.
During the LASIK screening and then consultation, our eye doctors and professionals will review your vision and eye health. They will properly explain the procedures as well as answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.
If you’re found to be a good candidate for LASIK following the LASIK screening, you’ll then be guided accordingly by our medical coordinators and your procedure will be scheduled according to your own convenience.
DURING THE PROCEDURE
On the day of the LASIK surgery, your eye prescription will once again be verified and your pupils measured to ensure the best results. Our medical coordinator, nurses, and doctors will meet with you to answer any final questions or concerns you may have. They will also explain what to expect during the procedure, review post-operative care instructions, and fill out the remaining paperwork.
Overall, you can expect to be in the clinic for approximately 2-4 hours on the day of the procedure. The LASIK eye surgery, however, only lasts for around 10 minutes, and the laser is used for less than 20 seconds on each eye. You will be seated and given numbing eye drops. The surgeon will use an instrument to keep your eyes open. A suction ring will be placed over your eye prior to the cutting of the corneal flap. Patients may experience a feeling of pressure or dimness in their vision.
Once the flap has been created, the surgeon is able to fold it back to access the area of the cornea that needs reshaping. Using an advanced laser, the surgeon will then begin the reshaping process. The patient will be instructed to focus on a point of light, which keeps their eye fixed as the laser reshapes the cornea. Each laser pulse removes a portion of the corneal tissue. The surgeon is then able to lay the flap back into place when the corneal shape is satisfactory; the flap will heal on its own with time.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE
It’s normal for patients to feel some irritation directly after the procedure. Your eyes may experience an itchy, burning, or watery sensation. However, it’s important to note that LASIK eye surgery is a relatively painless procedure.
At Shinagawa, we ask our patients to relax in our waiting room for a period of time to ensure the cornea and flap have started healing properly. You will be provided with a pair of sunglasses/protective eyewear to use to protect your eyes from light sensitivity. We recommend using the provided sunglasses as opposed to personal ones, which may not provide adequate protection. You will also be given a variety of post-operative care instructions that you are required to follow to ensure the smoothest recovery possible. Patients will not be able to drive immediately following the procedure, so please plan ahead in terms of transportation.
Patients must also attend a variety of post-operative appointments to monitor their recovery. Your first one is mandatory and will take place 24 hours (one day) after the surgery. Afterward, you will also need to have your post-op check-up one week, one month, one year, and annually after LASIK.
LASIK is widely seen as one of the safest and most convenient elective medical procedures available. It can provide a long-term solution to vision problems, thereby transforming the quality of life for its patients. If you’re interested in learning more about LASIK and other vision correction options, contact us so we can help and guide you.
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