What You Can Expect Prior To and After Your LASIK Surgery Procedure in Seattle and Portland
Over the years, LASIK eye surgery has become one of the most popular vision correction procedures; for many people, the LASIK surgery procedure greatly reduces their dependence on corrective eyewear. Imagine waking up without the need to look for your glasses or fumble with your contact lenses. More than five million people have achieved that through LASIK eye surgery.
We understand that while the outcomes sound appealing, the LASIK surgery procedure can also cause anxiety for some people. Obtaining accurate and detailed information will help ease many of the concerns you may have. When you know what to expect, you will feel more comfortable about LASIK surgery and our surgeons’ ability to give you clearer, crisper vision.
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Please click on the links below to learn about LASIK, starting with the consultation and throughout the recovery.
- Are you a candidate
Are You a Candidate for LASIK?
Call us to arrange a FREE LASIK evaluation exam
The LASIK surgery procedure offers you the opportunity to see more clearly without the need for glasses or contact lenses. This advanced, laser-assisted procedure eliminates the refractive errors that hamper vision by safely reshaping the cornea. The laser eye surgeons at King LASIK, formerly Clearly LASIK, can help you determine if you are a viable candidate for LASIK, and whether this is the right treatment option for you. We offer FREE LASIK consultations to patients throughout the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.
Your FREE Pre-LASIK Evaluation
Prior to arriving at our practice for your FREE LASIK consultation, please read the following information:
To perform the exam, we will dilate your pupils. This may cause sensitivity to natural light, so be sure to bring sunglasses. If you do not have a pair or forget to bring them, we will provide you with temporary eye shields.
In order to ensure your candidacy, our surgeons will perform a comprehensive LASIK evaluation, so please be prepared to spend about one to one-and-a-half hours at our office. Also, please bring the glasses and/or contact lenses you are currently using for vision correction.
Prescription contact lenses temporarily reshape your cornea in order to give you improved vision. During your pre-LASIK exam, we want to make sure your cornea is in its natural shape, which means you should not wear contact lenses prior to coming in. Please read the information below to learn more.
- Do not wear soft disposable or toric lenses for 7 days.
- If you wear hard lenses, please consult one of our staff members to obtain specific instructions.
It is always better to follow the instructions above; however, if you cannot be without your contacts for the specified amount of time, we will still be able to administer your pre-LASIK exam. Please mention this to our staff when you call to schedule your appointment.
The Day of the Exam
Please read the information below to learn what to expect during each step of your pre-LASIK exam.
- When you arrive at King LASIK, you will be asked to fill out new patient forms, including your medical history, which will help us determine your candidacy and create your patient file.
- One of our ophthalmic technicians will administer a number of safe and painless diagnostic tests in order to obtain more information about your eyes and your vision. These tests will help determine your LASIK candidacy.
- An optometrist will review the results of your diagnostic tests and administer an additional, comprehensive eye exam. He or she will then explain your treatment options, the risks involved and what to expect during and after surgery, if you are deemed a viable candidate.
- If you are not a LASIK candidate, we may be able to offer you an alternative procedure, which will be discussed with you during this time.
- Lastly, you will meet with one of our patient counselors who will tailor a treatment plan just for you. They will also go over your financing options or payment plans that fit within your budget. Next, you will be informed about the pre-LASIK process and your next appointment will be scheduled.
How to Prepare for LASIK
At King LASIK we use the most sophisticated surgical equipment and laser technologies, coupled with the surgeons’ expertise, to deliver optimal vision correction results. Our goal is to improve your vision, reduce your dependence on corrective eyewear and provide you with a safe, comfortable and rewarding experience. To help us accomplish this, please learn how to prepare for LASIK by following the steps below:
- Do not wear your contact lenses for the specified amount of time prior to surgery (this information will be provided to you during your LASIK consultation).
- Eat a good meal prior to your LASIK surgery procedure. LASIK does not call for any restrictions on food, drinks or medicine before surgery.
- Do not wear make-up. And please, refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or any other products with fragrance, as they can interfere with our lasers.
- Arrange transportation to your home after the procedure. You will be at our facility for two to three hours.
- The day of LASIK
The Day of LASIK Eye Surgery: A Step-by-Step Guide
The day of your LASIK eye surgery procedure is an exciting one. It’s normal to feel nervous or anxious. You are in good hands, and will be well cared for during the entire experience.
Step 1: First, you will meet with our patient counselor who will process your payment and discuss any lingering items of business. This is a good opportunity to ask questions that may be on your mind. Then, you will receive a post-operative care kit and a set of instructions for after your procedure. Once you have discussed the aftercare instructions with the patient counselor, you will be escorted to the relaxation room to prepare for LASIK.
Step 2: You will have a quick meeting with the LASIK surgeon, at which time you can ask him any final questions. A mild sedative will be provided to help you sleep after your LASIK surgery.
Step 3: You will be escorted into the surgical suite by the technician, who will prepare you for the LASIK surgery procedure. The technician will ensure that you are relaxed and comfortable in the surgical suite, and attend to any last-minute needs or requests.
Step 4: The technician will administer numbing eye drops to ensure that you do not feel discomfort during the procedure. You will lie down on the treatment table, positioning your eye directly under the LASIK laser.
Step 5: The surgeon uses the laser to carefully reshape the cornea by removing microscopic pieces of tissue. This will not be painful. You may be able to hear a clicking noise; this is the sound of the laser operating. The procedure takes about 5 to 10 minutes per eye.
Step 6: You will rest for a little bit in the recovery suite before being released into the care of a loved one to escort you home.
Most patients are able to resume their normal routine and activities the day after their LASIK surgery procedure.
If you would like more information about the LASIK surgery procedure and how it works, please contact King LASIK today. A member of our team would be happy to explain the laser eye surgery techniques that we use to improve your vision.
- What happens
What Happens During LASIK?
Despite being one of the most widely-performed surgical procedures today, many people are still unclear on the actual process of LASIK, also referred to as laser vision correction.
Precise and incredibly safe, the LASIK surgery procedure uses the most advance technologies available today. Twenty years of practice has proved to be revolutionary in terms of vision correction and eye health, providing a glasses-free lifestyle to millions of people.
But what actually happens during LASIK? How does one go from simple curiosity to living without corrective lenses?
What to Expect
Once you’ve considered and chosen your LASIK practice and surgeon, there will be a screening process that follows to determine if you are a suitable candidate. If you are, the next step is to book your procedure.
There is very little preparation that needs to be done on your end leading up to your appointment. If you wear contact lenses, we do ask that you stop for seven days leading up to and including your appointment day.
We also suggest that you set aside two days for LASIK if at all possible: one day for the procedure and one day for recovery.
On the day of your LASIK eye surgery procedure, it’s best to drink lots of fluids, eat a nice meal and take time to relax (the relaxing won’t have any real impact on your outcome, but we feel it’s nice to be well-rested).
Once you arrive at the practice, we’ll do some final testing, finish off the paperwork and then bring you into the laser suite, where your procedure will take place.
LASIK surgery procedure Step-by-Step
Once you are in the laser suite, you can expect the following steps:
- Your surgeon will ask if you have any further questions and then take time to answer them, if needed.
- Anesthetic eye drops will be applied to eliminate any discomfort during the surgery.
- Your surgeon will be sure that your eye is free from any foreign debris such as eyelashes or dust.
- Using a speculum, your surgeon will gently open your lids and keep them in place for the surgery (your eye will remain moist from eye drops).
- You’ll be asked to focus on a light.
- Using an incredibly precise laser method called IntraLase, your surgeon will make an incision in the outer layer of skin on your cornea to create what is known as the “corneal flap;” the flap will be moved aside to allow for the laser to function. At this point your vision will be blurred.
- Your surgeon will ask you to remain focused on the light and at this point you will hear a clicking sound coming from the laser platform. The clicking is the excimer laser at work reshaping your cornea. This usually takes less than a minute.
- After the surgeon is finished reshaping your cornea, he will gently fold the corneal flap back to its original location. It very quickly and naturally heals back in place.
- More eye drops are added to aid with healing and comfort.
- The speculum is released and you will be asked to sit up and relax for a few minutes.
And that is it! These steps will be repeated for both eyes. The entire process in the laser suite should take less than 15 minutes.
Following Your LASIK surgery procedure
After LASIK, your surgeon will once again check your vision to complete the procedure. We ask that you have someone meet you to drive you home, where we suggest you relax in a room that is not too bright. We also ask that you avoid reading or watching TV for the day, as it can add unnecessary stress to your healing eye.
You should be able to function normally within a day and many people report having clear vision 24 hours after the surgery (although it can sometimes take up to a week for it to be completely clear).
As you can see, LASIK is a relatively straightforward and safe procedure that takes very little time. The resulting vision and lifestyle benefits, however, can be felt for decades!
If you have any further questions about the LASIK surgery procedure, how it works or what the benefits are, please ask. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.
Dr. King and the staff at King LASIK
- What to expect after
LASIK eye surgery
What to Expect After LASIK Eye Surgery
LASIK surgery recovery is different for every patient. Some patients will wake up the day after LASIK surgery and be able to see clearly. Other patients will have blurry vision for a few days before their vision improves. In rare cases, patients notice an immediate improvement in their vision that later regresses.
For the best LASIK outcome, follow all of your King LASIK surgeon’s post-operative instructions and recommendations. Resting and taking the prescribed medications as directed are important. If you have a question or concern, or something seems unusual, contact the King LASIK team immediately.
General Post-Operative Instructions
- Wear the sunglasses provided by King LASIK. Most sunglasses do not adequately protect the eyes from the sun’s rays.
- Follow the eye drop routine recommended by the King LASIK surgeons.
- Attend all follow-up visits to King LASIK (see follow-up visit schedule below).
- Follow the activity schedule outlined by your King LASIK surgeons (see activity schedule below).
Follow-Up Visit Schedule
You will need to have your vision checked by a doctor at regular intervals following your LASIK surgery procedure. You are required to return to King LASIK the day after your surgery; your next appointment should be scheduled one week after surgery to check your progress. Then, its up to your optometrist’s recommendations to return one to three months after surgery.
Immediately after your LASIK surgery procedure: Upon returning home from surgery, you should rest for the remainder of the day. Avoid rubbing your eyes, and avoid staring at a fixed object or person without lubricating your eyes. Do not watch TV, read or work on the computer. Keep soap and water away from your eyes.
For the first 24 hours after your LASIK surgery procedure: Restrict your movement and activity level as much as possible. If you are traveling by plane, lubricate your eyes every half hour. Do not apply any eye makeup, and avoid soap and water near the eyes.
For 7 to 14 days after your LASIK surgery procedure: Continue to avoid eye makeup and touching your eyes. You may cautiously resume some activities that do not put anything at direct risk of contact with your eyes. Shallow swimming is allowed after 14 days.
One month after your LASIK surgery procedure: Avoiding activities which risk water being forced into your eyes. You may participate in the following sports:
- Scuba diving
Three months after your LASIK surgery procedure: You may resume activities such as water skiing, kayaking and surfing.
Please note: Wear eye protection when completing a task that involves flying particles around the eyes (e.g., sweeping a dusty work area, performing yard work).