What can I expect when getting LASIK?
Your complete guide to LASIK eye surgery.


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THE FOUR STAGES OF LASIK SURGERY

INITIAL CONSULTATION
WITH A SURGEON

PREOPERATIVE
EYE EXAM

DAY OF
SURGERY

POSTOPERATIVE
FOLLOW-UP

CONSULTATION

The consultation takes about an hour. Wear your glasses to your appointment if you own any, and bring your contact lens foils or prescription if possible.

Some scans and tests will determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK.

Dr. Nahl will review the results of the scans along with your visual history to create your individualized treatment plan. We will then discuss cost, financing, available dates, and what you should expect pre- and post-op.

This is also your chance to ask any questions you have.

Our team is here to help make sure that you have all your questions answered and are comfortable with the process. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hestitate to contact us.

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COME PREPARED

3 THINGS WE WANT TO KNOW

  1. When did you first get glasses?
  2. Do you wear contacts? If so, what kind? Soft, toric, hard, or rigid gas permeable?
  3. What is your medical history? Tell us about any illnesses, surgeries, or medications.

PREOPERATIVE EYE EXAM

If you would like to have your consultation and pre-op exam on the same day, please be sure to let us know and follow these instructions prior to your consultation.

The preoperative eye exam involves dilating your eyes.

Prior to your pre-op exam, please start artificial tear drops four times a day leading up to your appointment, and remove your contact lenses.

Since contact lenses change the shape of the cornea, it is important to not wear them before your pre-op eye exam or procedure.

COME PREPARED

The type of contact lenses you wear will determine when you should discontinue use prior to your exam.

PLAIN, SOFT

(not astigmatism-correcting/toric)

Discontinue use

3 days ahead
of your appointment

RIGID GAS PERMEABLE

(or hard)

Discontinue use

1+ month ahead,
*depending on years of wear

ASTIGMATISM-
CORRECTING/TORIC

Discontinue use

2+ weeks ahead,
*depending on years of wear

PROCEDURE

QUICK

The LASIK procedure itself usually lasts about 30 minutes total.

PAINLESS

Eye drops will be applied to numb your eyes, and you won’t feel any pain throughout the entire procedure.

HASSLE-FREE

After the procedure is complete, Dr. Nahl will give your eyes one final checkup, and then you will be ready to go home.

Most patients only need one day of recovery and are back to work the next day.

COME PREPARED

Please be sure to arrange a ride to and from your surgical appointment as you will not be able to drive home after the procedure.

POSTOPERATIVE

Your post-op appointment is simply to make sure that you are recovering as you should be.

Your post-op exam is a fast and simple check-in.

At this point, your vision should be back to normal or even better than before. You won’t need to wear glasses or contacts and you’ll be able to see the second you wake up in the morning.

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