It is important to know what to expect during LASIK. Surgery lasts for about an hour to an hour and a half. We use two advanced lasers and a variety of surgical tools that quickly and efficiently complete the surgery. After a 20- to 30-minute stay in the post-operative area, we verify that your eyes need no further refinements, and approve patients for release with someone to drive them home.
Dr. Mitchell: At the Huntsville Laser Center, on the day of the procedure, the patient can expect to be with us for about an hour to an hour and a half. They'll fill out a little bit of paperwork, we'll give them an "I don't care" pill, and then they'll come back into the surgical suite. There are two parts to the procedure. The first part is creating the flap. There's uncomfortable pressure, lights often go out, and it takes about 20 seconds. We do that with both eyes.
We then move the patient to the second laser. In the second part, we place a little sticky-drape lid speculum to hold the eyes open so blinking is not an issue that the patient needs to worry about. They fixate on a red blinking light. The eye tracker locks onto the eye so any little tiny movement and the laser goes exactly where it's supposed to. Any gross movement off to the side and the laser will not fire. The patient looks back and we'll resume treatment. So the patient needs to know that treatment's going to go where it's supposed to.
We put the flap back in position, sit the patient up, and then they go into the post-operative area. They usually sit in the post-operative area for about 20 to 30 minutes. We come back and take a look again. As long as everything looks good, they're ready to go home with follow-up the next day.
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