Our Eye-Surgery Center Lohr is
certified by the German
DIN EN 9001:2015
The day of your LASIK procedure
When you arrive at the Laser Vision Center, please register with one of our patient representatives and sign the consent form, if you have not done so yet. You can make your down payment by cash or Maestro debit card.
You will then move to the preoperative preparation area. Wearing a cap and shoe covers maintain the sterile surgical environment in the surgery room. Before, you will receive a mild sedative and anesthetic eye drops. Should you have any further questions, the doctor will be happy to speak with you prior to your procedure.
Inside the laser room
The laser is calibrated and programmed before you enter the laser room. It will take a few minutes to position you properly under the laser microscope. Your face will be partly covered by a surgical sheet and a simple device known as an eyelid speculum will prevent you from blinking. It is painless.
Eye drops will be placed in the operative eye. These include anesthetic drops to numb the eye, antibiotic drops to prevent infection, and anti-inflammatory drops to reduce post-operative discomfort.
You will be asked to look at a flashing red light. The surgeon will monitor your eye through the microscope at any time.
During the first part of the actual procedure, you will feel a slight sensation of pressure and your vision will go dark as your surgeon creates the protective corneal flap with a femtosecond laser or a device called microceratome. Once it has been removed, the flashing red light may look somewhat distant and unfocussed. This is normal.
In the second part, you will hear a "clicking" sound as the laser alters the refractive curvature of your eye. You will not experience any discomfort during your LASIK procedure. You should continue looking at the flashing red light, but the laser tracking system will adjust to any inadvertent eye movements. As a safety feature, it will actually shut off completely, if your eyes move too quickly. You do not need to be patient for long: The actual laser time is usually less than 60 seconds.
Immediately after the laser treatment, the flap is lowered into place and your eye will be rinsed with special eye drops. Then, the procedure will be repeated for the second eye.
How does the excimer laser works
The laser treatment is applied under the flap to gently reshape the cornea. Because the laser is applied to the cornea below the surface, the healing response is minimal and the results of the treatment are more predictable.
The excimer laser makes pulses of invisible ultraviolet light. A computer running specialized software determines the exact pattern of pulses needed to remove the right amount of corneal tissue. The computer also directs the actual operation of the laser system. Each pulse of light removes a microscopic layer from the cornea, changing the curvature of the cornea. Only a very small amount of tissue is removed, usually less than the thickness of a hair. Low refractive errors require smaller amounts of tissue removal, and larger corrections require greater amounts.
After the LASIK procedure
The surgeon will remove the eyelid speculum and the face cover and help you to stand up.
Out in the preparation area, after a slit lamp examination of the flap, you will be given a post-operative kit containing drops and medication to use for the next few days. Follow the surgeon's instructions, which you will find on a printed piece of paper.
After you will be asked to visit us for the postoperative exam the next day, your driver will then be able to take you home to rest.
A few "Do's" and "Don'ts"
- There are no restrictions on eating, drinking, or medications before the procedure.
- You may wear comfortable clothing the day of your procedure.
- On the day of your procedure, all traces of make-up should be removed prior to your arrival
- Please go directly home after your treatment. We recommend that you rest for a few hours
- Do not to rub your eye at all, just dab gently underneath the eye
- Use the eye shields for protection at night or sun glasses during daytime whenever possible
- Avoid swimming, hot tubs, and gardening for one week
- Do not wear make-up for the first four to five days following your LASIK procedure
- Showers and baths are possible, but avoid getting water into your eye
- You may go back to work and return to your usual daily routine the day after your treatment
- At your first post OP visit, your eye doctor will tell you when you may resume driving. Most patients see well enough to drive 24 hours after their procedure.