How Lasik Eye Surgery Works? Step by step

By: Jacksoneye
November 17th, 2015

how lasik eye surgery worksAre you delaying your Lasik treatment because you don’t have a real clue on how Lasik eye surgery works in particular? Well, you have come to the right place where our main mission is to help patients with eye refractive disorders find the most affordable and safest corrective solution to their eyesight problems.

The ultimate success of an eye patient’s Lasik eye surgery is mainly dependent on the overall qualifications and relevant experiences of the surgeon when Lasik is being performed. So, finding the best doctor must be your top priority if you desire to have a higher percentage rate for a satisfying outcome after Lasik is done.

Jacksoneye provides Lasik for the residents of Evanston, Arlington Heights, North Chicago, Rockford, Vernon Hills, Barrington, Antioch, Oak Brook, Schaumburg, Libertyville, Tinley Park, Westchester, Round Lake, Aurora, Gurnee and other places within or to the North of Chicago. Feel free to schedule a consultation about how Lasik surgery works in our office in Lake Villa, Ilinois by phone 847.356.0700, email appt@myjacksoneye.com or using online form at the page.

Once your eye doctor ruled out that the procedure is highly recommended option, here is a quick guide on how lasik surgery is performed as well as the other Lasik eye surgery requirements that you will need to undergo before the process.

How Lasik eye surgery is performed

The eye surgeon will put some local anesthetic eye drops to numb the eyes and minimize any pain being felt by the patients during the procedure. Some surgeons even give medicines to help the patient relax. Then, the eye surgeon creates a thin, circular “flap” in the cornea with the use of a surgical tool called microkeratome or a femtosecond laser. The surgeon carefully reshapes the eye with the use of an excimer laser and the flap is put back in place serving as a natural type of bandage.

During the whole procedure the surgeon is aided by a computer to accurately adjust the excimer laser for the patient’s required prescription. The patient looks directly at the target light for a short period of time and as the surgeon applies the laser light to the cornea to reshape it, some amount of pressure could be felt. The excimer laser has a built-in XYZ dynamic eye tracker to be sure the correction is as precise as possible independent of patient’s involuntary eye movements.

Under normal circumstances, the Lasik procedure is done separately on each eye taking an approximate timeframe of 5 minutes per eye. After the eye surgery, topical eye drops are prescribed and no stitches are required. The wound will heal naturally.

How Lasik recovery feels

A Lasik treatment is considered as an out-patient office procedure, so after the surgical process, the patient is only asked to rest for a while and can go home afterwards. No driving is allowed for the first 24 hours. Some minor discomfort could be felt, plus temporary burning sensation or dryness sensation after surgery.

Final outcome after a Lasik is done

  • Immediately after the eye surgery, blurry vision is the usual complaint of patients, but clarity of one’s vision improves the next day.
  • Overall eyesight condition resumes back to normal and becomes better within a few days. Healing period may vary from person to another and may depend on the patient’s present health condition.
  • Patients can go back to work the next day and water activities such as swimming/jacuzzis are not allowed for a week.
  • Follow-up eye examinations are advised for strict compliance to check the patient’s visual improvement, whether the wearing of eyeglasses or contact lenses are still needed.
  • For those older than age 40, reading type glasses will be needed for all near vision tasks including computers as this is part of the normal aging process called presbyopia and is not caused by the Lasik procedure.

How to get ready for Lasik surgery

Any patient considering a Lasik treatment must first see an eye specialist and undergo a complete eye examination to give the eye doctor an accurate diagnosis on what corrective solution will best suit their eye condition (shape and thickness of cornea, pupil size and other eye refractive problems like myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism). Don’t let your fear prevent you from getting the right evaluation and corrective treatment before Lasik is performed.