What to Expect
We want to explain everything you should know about the LASIK procedure so you can decide if it's right for you. We believe informed patients will understand why thousands before them have turned to Clear Choice!
The LASIK procedure is used to correct or reduce nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism by re-shaping the cornea so that light will reflect properly off the retina. More than 90% of LASIK patients can see well enough after LASIK to drive a car - without contact lenses or glasses.
Here are some things abolut LASIK eye surgery that you should know!
- More than 1,000,000 Americans had LASIK performed to improve their vision last year
- Almost all LASIK patients can return to work within a day or two following their procedure
- There is virtually no pain during the procedure. Anesthetic eye drops are used to numb the eye
- No one has ever lost his or her eyesight due to the LASIK procedure
- Clear Choice Custom LASIK center has multiple Cleveland LASIK specialists.
Eat and drink as you normally would on the day of your procedure. Please do not consume any alcoholic beverages. Please do not wear any eye make-up or jewelry on the day of your laser procedure. We prefer that you not wear any perfume, lotions, cologne or aftershave on the day of your procedure. Dress comfortably and note the laser room may be chilly. Wash your eyelashes thoroughly the morning of your procedure.
The Day of Your LASIK Procedure
If you need a mild sedative to help relax, we will provide this for you. During the procedure, you will be lying down and looking straight up into a blinking red light. Numbing eye drops will be applied so that you will not feel any pain during the procedure. Your time in surgery is about 7 minutes per eye. When the procedure is completed, transparent "shields" are placed over your eyes for protection when you sleep. (Wear these for about 24 hours.) You will need protective sunglasses if it is still light outside. When you leave Clear Choice, please try to sleep so your eye will be at rest and heal faster.
EXPECTATIONS: It is normal for your vision to be blurry and to fluctuate for the first few days. It is typical for your vision to gradually improve over the next four weeks. Complete visual recovery typically takes at least 3-6 months. You can expect dimming of your vision in the evenings, light sensitivity, or halos around lights during the healing phase. These symptoms and any discomfort you may have should decrease over time.
Please remember that everyone heals differently. Your progress will be monitored at regularly scheduled visits and your treatment will be decided accordingly.