To begin your LASIK procedure, Dr. Buck will instruct the staff to place a few eye drops in your eyes to numb the surface of your eye to make you comfortable during your treatment. You will be seated in a relaxed waiting area while the drops have a chance to begin working.
A technician will then accompany you into the Excimer Laser and help you to position yourself comfortably on the moveable “bedlike” area that is actually part of the laser system. Dr. Buck will gently place a small instrument between your eyelids to help you remember to keep them open during your LASIK surgery. Dr. Buck will then create a very thin layer, which is a “flap” of clear tissue in the center of the cornea. He will then carefully fold the flap over and allow the inner layer of the cornea to be visible so that the laser energy can be applied. Based on your examination, your prescription and other measurements and calculations collected at your LASIK consultation, Dr. Buck will instruct the staff to program certain information into a computer that will monitor and control the actual application of the laser energy. The actual laser application can take from 4-30 seconds depending on the amount of correction that you require.
You will be asked to look at a small light and to try and hold your eyes steady. There is no need to be concerned about moving your eyes during your treatment as the laser will actually “scan” the position of your eyes to identify the exact position of your eye and will then “track” and adjust its position in order to keep perfectly aligned with your eye movement. Upon completion of the laser application, Dr. Buck will have changed the curvature of your cornea so that it will be the shape necessary to correct your vision. Dr. Buck will then gently replace the “flap” back into its original position. Since the cornea is able to “stick” to itself, there is no need to use sutures or “stitches” to hold it in place. The nature of the LASIK procedure is that it permits the healing and visual recovery process to be quick and predictable for most patients. For a few days after your LASIK Eye Surgery, you will need to be careful not to rub or bump your eyes too much. It is expected that you will have a mild “sandy” or “gritty” sensation during the first day or so after your LASIK surgery. This is normal. Dr. Buck and his staff will give you complete instructions regarding eye drops and medications to use to help the healing and visual recovery process.
YOU NEED TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
Dr. Buck will require that you return for scheduled follow-up visits to check the healing process, regardless of how well you think you are doing. Most LASIK patients at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser are able to pass the Indiana and Illinois Motor Vehicles Eye Test without eyeglasses or contacts within a day or so after their LASIK Surgery with Dr. Buck.