The first step in LASIK surgery is an evaluation by Dr. Cavanaugh to ensure that this is the appropriate treatment for your eyes. Most people who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism are candidates for refractive surgery. The surgery experience is easy, with staff assistants contributing to a calming atmosphere. Patients receive a mild sedative and numbing drops for the eyes, and the procedure is over in 5-7 minutes. After a nap at home, patients awake to find their vision remarkably improved that same day.
Dr. Cavanaugh: When a patient comes in for a LASIK consultation,
we're going to sit down and find out what the
goals are but we're also going to look and see what
parameters that patient fits into as far as what refractive surgery they
So, if we decide that your a good candidate for
LASIK, which most people with nearsightedness,
small amount of farsightedness or a
stigmatism, can be. If there's no disease or cataract formation, then
LAISK is a very straightforward procedure.
They typically get a mild sedative, numbing drops is
all it takes to numb up the eye. The procedure
itself is only about 5 to 7 minutes, so it's fairly
straightforward and easy for the patient. We calm patients down, our staff
is great at talking through the process.
And following the procedure we send patients home to
take a nice nap. Typically they're going to
feel a little scratchy, burning, teary for about 3
or 4 hours. After that things feel pretty good and their vision to starts
to improve even later that same day, which is very