Description of Procedure
The LASIK procedure is performed on an outpatient basis at Oregon Eye
Surgery Center. You will be able to go home after the LASIK procedure,
but you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home and bring
you back the next day for a follow-up visit. The LASIK procedure generally
requires fifteen (15) minutes of operating room time, but the actual
duration of the LASIK procedure may vary according to the type and amount
of correction needed.
A mild sedative, such as Valium, may be taken to help you feel more
comfortable. You will be given eye drops to numb your eyes. During the
LASIK procedure, you will be lying on the laser bed or reclining chair
and your eyelids will be held open with a device called a lid speculum.
You will be asked to focus on a special fixation light in a microscope.
Patient Process and Procedure
|Prior to your LASIK
|| Make transportation arrangements.
You should NOT drive yourself home after surgery because
you may be mildly sedated and your eye may be patched.
You will need someone to bring you to your post-operative
visit. At your post-operative exam, your doctor will let you
know when you are able to drive.
|| Please remove all facial makeup (lipstick, facial creams, eye makeup etc.) a minimum of 1 day prior
to surgery. For your own safety, surgery may be canceled if makeup
||Prior to surgery you should
not wear contact lenses in the eye(s) scheduled for surgery because
the corneal shape can be altered. Soft lenses should
be removed for at least two (2) weeks prior to surgery
and rigid lenses for three (3) weeks per your doctor's recommendation. A thorough cleaning
of all eyelids should be done the night before and the morning
|The Day of LASIK Surgery
||Please have a light breakfast and/or
lunch prior to your surgery. If you do not usually eat breakfast
or lunch, then do not force yourself to eat.
||Please refrain from
wearing perfume or cologne on your surgery date. Please do not
use any hair products that contain alcohol such as hair spray or
||Please be aware that after your
surgery your eyes will be irritated and light sensitive. This
usually dissipates within 24 hours after surgery.
||Wear comfortable clothing and
a short-sleeved shirt or blouse that opens down the front. Do
not wear nylons, stockings or support garments. Men, do NOT wear
|After LASIK Surgery
||You must keep the protective glasses
or shield provided on your eye(s) for the first 24 hours. After
the first day, you must use the shield while you sleep for the first
||Post-Operative Medication: You will be given a post-op kit containing prescription drops, an
eye shield and tape to be used for protection while sleeping, and
written instructions. Before using your eye drops, your hands must
be clean. Please use the drops as instructed-if you run out of drops,
let us know. At your post-operative appointments your doctor will
give instructions to use additional drops if necessary, and when
to discontinue use. You may use preservative-free lubricating drops
if your eyes feel dry-a sample is included in your post-operative
||Post-Operative Symptoms: The
amount of discomfort you will experience cannot be predicted-some
patients feel an itchy or foreign body sensation, others are light
sensitive or see halos around lights, and others may be symptom-free.
Your vision may fluctuate during the day. If
you have severe pain, sudden change in vision, or need explanations,
call our office any time day or night at (541) 687-2110 / 800-452-2040.
FIRST NIGHT: Please go directly home and rest after your procedure.
You may have some discomfort the evening of your surgery and possibly
the next couple of days. Please keep in mind that a burning sensation
is normal, as is the feeling that you have sand or a foreign body in
your eye(s). You may also be light sensitive; UV protective sunglasses
NEXT DAY: Your vision may not be clear yet. Usually, the vision
clears within 24-72 hours. Your eye(s) will be very sensitive to cigar/cigarette/pipe
smoke until then. Reading is acceptable but if you read excessively,
you may experience eye fatigue.
SECOND DAY: Use your best judgment regarding your return to
work. Check with your doctor if you have any questions.
- It is normal to have a foreign body sensation in your eye(s) and
- Do not rub your eyes.
- Do not squeeze your eyes tightly for one week.
- During the first week, try to avoid getting anything in your eye(s)-including
soap, water and sweat.
- Do not wear eye make-up for at least one week.
- You may resume all normal activities after 1 week (except water
sports, which should be avoided for two weeks).
- Avoid smoke filled rooms and dusty enviroments for a few days.
- No water activities for 3-4 weeks including swimming, hot tubs,
- No make-up for one week.
- No sports for one week.
- Wear protective eyewear if you participate in sports where there
is a chance of getting hit in the eye.
- Contact our office at (541) 687-2110 or 1 (800) 452-2040 if you
have any sudden change in your symptoms or if you notice a sudden
deterioration of your vision.
Related Information About Lasik:
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Commonly Asked Questions:
How soon after surgery will I see well?
Each patient is different. Most patients experience a dramatic improvement
8 to 10 hours after the treatment.
Will refractive surgery hurt?
During the procedure, a strong topical anesthetic is used to numb the
eye. Generally, only pressure is felt during the procedure.
Will I still need my glasses or contacts?
The goal of refractive surgery is to reduce your dependence on glasses
and/or contact lenses, but LASIK patients still may benefit from reading
glasses or distance glasses when they desire perfect near or distance
Will my insurance cover LASIK?
Most health care coverage considers LASIK surgery an elective surgical
procedure and does not cover it.