1. You arrive at the Laser Center 30 minutes prior to your scheduled procedure time. Anesthetic eye drops are placed in your eyes. The drops numb your corneas; they do not blur your vision. A Valium for relaxation is offered to you at this time.
2. When it is your turn for LASIK, you are escorted into the Laser room and assisted as you lie down on the reclining chair. Your non-operative eye is covered to prevent dryness. A small device (speculum) is inserted in the operative eye to hold your eyelids open and to prevent you from blinking. The speculum does not hurt. A second set of anesthetic drops are placed in your eye.
3. The reclining chair is then positioned so that you are aligned with the Laser delivery system. You will be asked to look at the flashing red fixation light on the Laser. Dr. Levinson simultaneously views your eye through the operating microscope on the Laser and continuously adjusts the Laser to maintain proper focus. If you like, Dr. Levinson will explain each step of the procedure to you.
4. Dr. Levinson places the suction ring on your eye. You will feel mild to moderate pressure on your eye and your vision will become very dim or go completely dark. The suction ring stabilizes your eye while the IntraLase or Microkeratome creates the corneal flap. You will not see anything while the flap is being created. This entire step takes approximately 15 seconds. Dr. Levinson removes the suction ring and your vision will quickly return but will now be very blurry. You will once again be able to fixate on the red flashing target light.
5. Dr. Levinson verifies that the Laser is properly aligned with your eye. Dr. Levinson activates the Laser and you hear a rapidly repeating snapping sound, which is the sound of the Laser energy interacting with your corneal tissue. The Laser tissue removal takes from ten seconds one minute, depending upon how much correction is required for your eye.
6. Dr. Levinson repositions the flap and verifies that the flap is properly aligned, securely adherent to the underlying cornea, and wrinkle-free. This step takes 2 to 3 minutes. Dr. Levinson puts a set of antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops in your eye. You will not feel these drops. You will then be asked to blink so that Dr. Levinson can make sure your flap remains properly positioned.
7. If your other eye is to be Lasered, Dr. Levinson again performs the same step-by-step procedure on your second eye.
8. You are moved out from under the Laser. Your vision will be "smoky" and hazy, but much clearer than when you came into the Laser room. Dr. Levinson will have you walk over to a microscope-like instrument called a Slit Lamp so that he can verify that your flap is still properly aligned.
9. A clear plastic shield is then placed on your eye to prevent you from rubbing your eye. Post-operative instructions will be reviewed with you. You can not drive yourself home. Your appointed driver will assist you to the car. If you do not have transportation available, we will drive you home. (If you would like us to provide you with transportation to and from the Laser center, please make arrangements with our office in advance.)
10. It is best to rest and keep your eyes closed as much as possible during the first 12 hours after LASIK. Be careful not to rub or touch your eyes for 24 hours. Also avoid squeezing your eyes tightly closed. This could cause wrinkles in the flap. Your vision will start to clear about four hours after LASIK. You should experience only minimal irritation, tearing and light sensitivity after LASIK.
11. You will see Dr. Levinson the following day. Most patients are able to drive themselves to Dr. Levinson's office for their one-day post-operative appointment. (Remove the plastic shield before you drive!) Additional visits with Dr. Levinson are required at 1 week, 2 months, 6 months, and one year post-operatively, or as necessary.
The Levinson Eye Clinic, in Denver Colorado, and its laser vision correction surgeon, Dr. Richard A. Levinson, M.D., provide the latest technology in eye care and Lasik vision correction surgery for Custom Wavefront Lasik in the Denver and Boulder Metro area. Dr. Levinson and his refractive eye surgery staff use the Visx Star S4 excimer laser for Lasik or PRK refractive eye surgery with Customvue Wavefront Lasik. Contact Dr. Levinson and his Denver, Colorado laser vision correction staff for more information or to schedule a complimentary Custom Lasik vision correction consultation.