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Part 2: What to Expect the Day of Your LASIK Procedure

Wednesday, December 9 2020 11:05 PM
Day of LASIK

Part 2 of our LASIK experience guide

In Part 1 of this guide, we covered what you can expect at your initial LASIK consultation.

Now, we’ll look at the LASIK procedure itself and the technology Dr. Wellemeyer will use to correct your vision. We’ll also answer some common questions our patients ask about the procedure.

First, you’ll get checked in and prepped

After you arrive and check-in, Dr. Wellemeyer will meet with you and answer any additional questions you may have.

We’ll make sure you're comfortable on the treatment bed before applying anesthetic drops and gentle lid supports to help reduce the urge to blink. And don’t worry — in addition to the eye drops and lid support, our safe, all-laser technology means you don’t have to worry about blades. 

Once you’ve been fully prepped for the procedure and have confirmed that you’re comfortable, Dr. Wellemeyer will begin the procedure. 

What happens during the procedure?

LASIK uses laser light to reshape the cornea of your eye. During the procedure, a tracking system compensates for any eye movement.  

Our current laser tracks eye movement at a rate of 6 milliseconds (the average blink takes 300-350 milliseconds).

The first step is to create a thin, circular flap in the cornea. During this part of the procedure, you will feel some pressure. Dr. Wellemeyer will then fold this flap out of the way.

Next, an ultraviolet light beam reshapes the corneal tissue under the flap to remove microscopic tissue from the surface of the cornea. 

Then, the flap is laid back in place. The entire procedure takes about 10-15 minutes. 

It’s quick and painless

Using the latest and best technology means a fast procedure with very little discomfort and a fast recovery time for you — the flap usually begins to heal within hours after the procedure.

Before you leave, you’ll receive instructions to care for your eyes post-surgery, along with prescription eyedrops to be administered over the next six days.

We’ll also schedule your three-month post-op visit so we can make sure your eyes have healed well and you’ve fully recovered.

What’s next?

It’s natural to be a little nervous or to have lots of questions before you get LASIK. 

We want to provide you with a safe, comfortable environment where you can be at ease knowing your questions have been answered and you’re getting the best treatment available to correct your vision.

We’ve already helped thousands of patients in the Wichita area enjoy great vision without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses.

Of course, the LASIK experience starts with a free consultation, so contact us today to schedule yours.

In part 3 of this series, we’ll go over what we check at the post-op visit and some of the experiences possible in life after LASIK.

Justin Best
"After having to wear contacts for 20 years, I knew it was time to throw them away when I became a firefighter. I now wake up to respond to an alarm with clear vision and I don't have to worry about my eyes. It truly was an amazing and life changing experience."
Justin Best, Newton Fire / EMS - Newton, KS

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