Preparing for the Big Day: LASIK Surgery Day
Although we perform thousands of LASIK procedures every year at The Wright Eye Center, we always remember that for most of our patients this is their first LASIK experience – and it can be a bit scary! When you arrive for your appointment, our team will be ready to welcome you and provide a calming environment in which to relax. In fact, you really don’t have to do anything but relax the day of your LASIK procedure. You may opt to take some relaxation medication that we prescribe prior to your visit to calm your nerves.
“Dr. Wright talked me through the procedure helped with my anxiety. It was a wonderful experience.”Patient Testimonial
After Dr. John Wright performs one last check of your eye health, we will take you into our laser suite. Your eyes will be numbed with eye drops so you won’t feel the procedure – but you will remain awake as our lasers work their magic. The actual steps of LASIK are amazingly quick. Most patients are only in our laser suite for less than 20 minutes! (However, please plan to be in our office for about 2 hours total.)
How LASIK is Performed
First, a suction ring is used to keep the eye perfectly still. Dr. Wright uses a femtosecond laser to create a flap on your cornea. This flap is folded over so he can reshape the underlying corneal tissue to exact specifications using a different laser (excimer laser). Most patients don’t experience any pain during this process, but there may be a strange sensation of pressure when the flap is created. If you’re worried about moving your eyes or your head during this process, you can rest assured knowing that the suction ring will keep your eye still.
When the reshaping process is complete, the flap is simply put back into place. Over the next few days, the flap will heal itself.
You should arrange for a friend to drive you to and from your appointment. After your procedure, we recommend you go home and rest for the remainder of the day. Most patients wake up the next morning with improved eyesight!
Dr. Wright has performed over 39,000 LASIK procedures, helping most patients reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contacts. Contact us today to schedule a no-obligation, free LASIK Consultation in Colorado Springs to learn more about your unique eye health!