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What to Expect from Your Eye Surgery Appointment

Before your actual LASIK procedure, you will need to meet with your ophthalmologist to discuss what will happen during and after the surgery. During this time, your ophthalmologist will assess your medical history and conduct a full eye examination. After meeting with the surgeon and asking any questions you have about the procedure, you can schedule a LASIK eye surgery appointment.

Before surgery

A baseline evaluation is necessary to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for LASIK. If you wear contact lenses, you should switch to wearing glasses full-time before the appointment, as contact lenses change the shape of your cornea. This allows your ophthalmologist to create accurate measurements of your cornea and the best possible surgical plan. In fact, your ophthalmologist may repeat the measurements before your surgery to determine exactly how much corneal tissue to remove.

During surgery

LASIK eye surgery takes approximately 30 minutes. You will be lying on your back in a reclining chair in the exam room with the laser system, which includes a microscope attachment and a computer monitor. Your ophthalmologist will place a numbing drop in your eye, clean the area, and then hold your eyelid open with a lid speculum. Using a laser device, he or she will cut a flap on the cornea. During the procedure, the laser will pulse and make a ticking sound as it removes small portions of corneal tissue.

After surgery

At the end of the procedure, your ophthalmologist will place a shield over the eyes to prevent you from rubbing or putting pressure on the eyes. Your vision may fluctuate the first few months following surgery, taking three to six months to stabilize completely. During this time, you may also experience flare, haloes, and difficulty driving at night.

If you would like to learn more about scheduling LASIK eye surgery, contact Dr. Mark Hornfeld in New York at (646) 502-4142. Dr. Hornfeld is a 1988 graduate of The New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition, he is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Internal Medicine.