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PRE-OP LASIK & INTRALASIK CONSULTATION
Dr. Boothe believes that the groundwork for a successful LASIK procedure begins during a patient’s initial consultation. During your screening, we will gather general information about your eyes.
We will need to know about your lifestyle: a history of glasses and contact lens wear, the physical activities you participate in, your experiences and limitations with glasses and contact lenses; how you expect your life to change after the LASIK procedure. We will discuss expected results with you and answer any questions you may have about your eyes, LASIK, IntraLASIK or other corrective laser procedures. Dr. Boothe will need to know if you’ve had any prior surgical procedures on your eyes, what type they were and when they were performed.
Before Treatment Consultation
To confirm the exact refractive error in your eyes, both Dr. Boothe and a technician will examine your eyes. The technician and Dr. Boothe will refract each of your eyes in an un-dilated state.
The surface of your eyes will be mapped with corneal topography equipment. The corneal topography equipment measures the contour of your cornea. This information is valuable in performing the LASIK procedure. Corneal pachymetry is done to measure the thickness of the cornea.
THE LASIK & INTRALASIK PROCEDURE
Every day when surgical procedures are scheduled, Dr. Boothe personally calibrates the Allegretto Wavelight Eye-Q and the VISX Star© S4 excimer lasers before the first patient arrives. He continuously re-calibrates the equipment throughout the day to ensure its accuracy.
On the day of your surgery, you should arrive about half an hour before your appointment. Dress comfortably.
Step by Step:
- After your eye has been numbed with local “eye drop” anesthesia, Dr. Boothe gently places an eyelid speculum to hold your eyelids open. You will remain awake and comfortable throughout the procedure.
- Dr. Boothe will then begin the first step of any LASIK procedure by creating a corneal flap. A Hansatome microkeratome (a surgical blade) is used to create the corneal flap in traditional LASIK. For IntraLASIK, the IntraLase FS laser is used in lieu of the microkeratome for this first step.
- The flap will be pulled back gently from the center of the cornea to allow the excimer laser access to the underlying tissue.
- To begin the second step of the LASIK or IntraLASIK procedure, Dr. Boothe will ask you to look at a target light. The cool light of the excimer laser will reshape the corneal tissue, correcting your vision as you look into this light. You will hear clicking sounds as each microscopic layer of tissue is vaporized. Every excimer laser system Dr. Boothe uses for laser vision correction has an eye tracker that ensures the accurate placement of each laser pulse. This process will last from a few seconds to a minute, depending on the amount of correction necessary.
- When the procedure is complete, Dr. Boothe will meticulously replace the corneal flap and gently smooth it into place.
- You will be given medicated eye drops, and instructed in their use.
You may notice that your vision will be a little blurry immediately following your LASIK or IntraLASIK procedure. This bluriness will gradually clear in the next few hours. We suggest that someone drive you home so that you may relax for a while. Once you arrive home, it is preferable that you stay awake and continuously put in artificial tears to keep your eyes moist.
You may watch TV or read as long as you continue to wet them frequently every five to ten minutes. It is important to avoid wind or any type of air turbulence that would cause your eyes to dry out.
FOLLOW UP CARE FOR THE LASIK OR INTRALASIK PROCEDURE
Dr. Boothe believes that following up with each patient is an integral part of the LASIK and IntraLASIK process. He wants your vision to be the best it can possibly be. In most cases this means 20/25 or better.
- The day of surgery, Dr. Boothe will provide you with eye drops, sunglasses and clear plastic shields. You will be instructed in their use at the time of surgery.
- By the first post-op visit, most people are able to drive themselves to the appointment. Most patients see 20/30 or better the first day. Patients are often extremely excited about how good their vision is the next day.
- With LASIK, your vision improves very rapidly, allowing you to return to work the next Monday after you have had the surgery.
- Other post-op visits are typ for surgery.
Make a post operative appointment: (972) 867-3955
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