LASIK surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Martin explains what you can expect during and after your LASIK surgery.
DR. JEFFREY MARTIN: We'll meet at the surgery center on the day of surgery. We give you a mild sedative to relax. We get some measurements and then you're ready to go. Your job is to lie on the bed of laser and look at a red blinking light. My job is to talk you through the procedure so it's not terrifying for you. I tell you everything as it's happening and it's over in ten minutes. Afterwards, you relax in the waiting room for a little bit and then you're free to go.
After surgery, you'll have shields over your eyes for that night. They're clear shields that you can see through and they're just to protect your eyes. We'll also ask you to wear shields for the next three nights just while sleeping. You'll be using eye drops four times a day for about a week and we'll ask you not to rub your eyes. By the next day with LASIK you should be seeing well enough to drive to the office. With PRK, it can take up to a week before you can drive and get back to your usual activities.