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
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.
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.
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.