What to Expect on the Day of LASIK Surgery

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Upon scheduling your LASIK surgery, you will receive comprehensive instructions on how to prepare for the day of your procedure and your recovery. If you have any questions ahead of time about your procedure, please don’t hesitate to call our Manhattan office.

Prior to Your Appointment

If you wear contact lenses, you might need to switch to wearing glasses temporarily. Contacts can change the shape of your cornea, and it is important for your cornea to return to its natural shape before surgery. Otherwise, the results of the procedure could be compromised. Depending on the type of contact lenses you wear, you will need to remove them for anywhere from two days up to four weeks; our office will give you specific instructions when you schedule your surgery.

On the morning of your surgery, dress in comfortable clothing and do not wear makeup, lotion, perfume or earrings. Style your hair in a way that is comfortable when you lay down and stays out of your face.

You need to coordinate transportation to and from the surgery. After the surgery, you will feel highly relaxed, your vision may be blurry and you will not be able to drive. Arrange for someone to drop you off at our NYC LASIK office, and pick you up afterward. Plan to be at the office for about three hours.

Arriving at the Office

A doctor performing eye surgery on a patientWhen you arrive at our office, you will meet with our surgical coordinator, who will have consent forms for you to complete. You can ask any remaining questions you have. Depending on your procedure, pre-operative testing may be needed.

You will be escorted to a reclining chair underneath the LASIK laser. Numbing drops will be placed in your eye, and the area around your eye will be cleaned. Your lashes may be brushed to get rid of any debris. An instrument called a lid speculum will be placed to hold your eyelid open during treatment.

When Dr. Belmont starts the laser, you might hear a ticking sound or become aware of a slight smell. The treatment itself takes only a few minutes.

Immediately after the Procedure

At the end of the procedure, Dr. Belmont will place a protective shield over your eye to protect it. The shield prevents you from accidentally rubbing or poking your eye as you sleep.

You might experience slight burning or itching in your eye. If you have any pain, you can take an oral pain reliever.

You will rest in the recovery suite for a short time before we release you to go home in the care of your companion. Your eyes will be examined one last time before you go home, and you will be given eye drops and a special pair of sunglasses to wear on the ride home.

Returning Home after Surgery

When you arrive home, situate yourself in a comfortable resting position. You should relax for the remainder of the day, and avoid watching television, using a computer or reading. Use your eye drops as directed. If you experience any rare, troubling side effects, contact our office and speak to a staff member.

We will let you know when you should return for your follow-up with Dr. Belmont.

Contact Belmont Eye Center

To learn more about preparing for your day of surgery and recovery, please contact the Belmont Eye Center today by calling (212) 486-2020.