This blog post touches on everything you need to know about LASIK eye surgery at Mandel Vision. This includes information on our free consultations, preparation for the surgery, payment options and post-operative care.
LASIK eye surgery is a safe and effective procedure which can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. There’s even an option available for presbyopia (monovision), the need for reading glasses after age 40. Dr. Mandel specializes in laser vision correction (LASIK and PRK), and has performed thousands of successful surgeries.
We offer a comprehensive, free consultation to determine your candidacy for LASIK eye surgery. We spend between one and two hours with each patient, performing a detailed diagnostic evaluation. Dr. Mandel then examines each patient and reviews the diagnostic testing results personally, answering any questions that arise.
Once it’s determined that you’re a safe candidate for LASIK and Dr. Mandel has completed the medical portion of your consultation, you’ll meet with one of our laser vision consultants. They will explain the scheduling process in more detail and help you choose a convenient date for your procedure. Surgery can usually be scheduled quickly, depending on how long you have been out of your contact lenses.
We try to make LASIK eye surgery affordable for everyone. With that in mind, we offer several payment options. You can even split up the amount on several credit cards. Additionally, we offer interest-deferred financing for one or two years through Care Credit®. For those of you with flexible spending accounts, LASIK is one of many elective procedures that are eligible for payment using your FSA tax-free dollars.
Soft contact lenses should be left out of your eyes (100%) for approximately 10 -14 days prior to LASIK eye surgery. For some patients, whose corneas are particularly warped from contact lens wear, this period needs to be extended. Dr. Mandel will let you know exactly how long you will need to leave your contact lenses out at the completion of your free LASIK consultation. In addition to leaving out your contact lenses, Dr. Mandel may recommend you use natural tear drops leading up to the procedure. For those patients with preexisting dryness, lubricating ointment and eye drops that help the body produce healthier tears, such as Restasis or Xiidra, may also be recommended. Lastly, antibiotic drops are used four times daily, starting the day before LASIK.
You will be asked to arrive one hour before your scheduled surgery so that we can obtain fresh wavefront measurements. We may also repeat some of the other diagnostic tests that were taken at the time of your initial consultation. Although the LASIK procedure is very fast – less than five minutes per eye – you should plan to be in the office between 1 ½ to 2 hours. Dr. Mandel will walk you through the procedure step by step, so there are no surprises. After your surgery is complete, Dr. Mandel will escort you into an exam room where he will examine your eyes under a specialized slit-lamp microscope which cross-sections the eye. You will then meet with one of our laser vision consultants who will review your post-surgical instructions with you. You will be given written instructions as well as Dr. Mandel’s cell phone number. He is always available to address any concerns you have, particularly on the night of your LASIK eye surgery.
We recommend getting between four and six hours of sleep immediately following surgery, and then rest your eyes as much as possible in the first 24 hours. Your vision will be much better than it was before LASIK, but it will still be slightly blurry immediately after your surgery. The morning after LASIK is when our patients notice the most dramatic improvement in their vision.
Antibiotic drops are used 4 times a day for the first week, post-operatively. Steroid drops are used 4 times a day for the first week, and then once daily for one more week, to minimize inflammation and promote healing. Everyone’s eyes are a bit more dry for several months after LASIK, so Dr. Mandel will tell you which natural tear drops he recommends for you. Getting water directly in your eyes should be avoided for the first week. This means no swimming for one week after the procedure. After that week, swim goggles are required while in the ocean. It’s also recommended that you wear protective goggles for any ball or contact sports.
If you’re considering LASIK and have additional questions, our LASIK consultants are always available during business hours (8:30a-6:30p Monday through Friday) to answer your questions, and can be reached at 888-866-3681. If you’d like to have those questions answered personally by corneal specialist and micro-surgeon, Dr. Eric Mandel, Click here to book your free LASIK consultation.
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