After years of providing northeast Ohio residents with vision care services—we’ve heard just about every question there is. Answers to common questions like “How much does LASIK cost?” to “When can I return to work?” can be found on our FAQ page. But one of the most common questions we field is “are you awake during LASIK?”
Unlike many other surgeries or treatments, there is no need to administer general anesthesia for LASIK procedures, which means you’ll be awake during your entire procedure. If you’re curious about LASIK, continue reading to learn more about the procedure details.
Do you remain awake during LASIK?
Yes, you’ll be awake during your LASIK procedure—but don’t let that intimidate you. Our procedure only takes about 14 minutes to complete and most patients report better vision almost immediately. During that time we’ll do everything we can to ensure your safety and comfort. At Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons, we’re proud to say that over 99% of our patients achieved 20/20 vision or better after their surgery.
LASIK Surgery Process
To help put your mind at ease about your decision to get LASIK, let’s go over what happens during LASIK eye surgery.
Every set of eyes is unique. Our doctors know this. That’s why they evaluate every patient’s eyes before the LASIK procedure. An evaluation helps our doctors determine if you’re a good candidate. You’re also welcome to take our LASIK-Self Test at your convenience. Our doctors use a series of sophisticated tests and measurements to ensure you’re getting the best results possible. Every patient will have a scan run by the iDesign. The iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio utilizes Wavefront aberrometry to create an entirely custom map of your cornea. With this measurement, your surgeon can learn a lot about how light travel through your eyes. The iDesign measures both your lower and higher-order aberrations. Lower order aberrations include errors in vision like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, While higher-order aberrations include imperfections beyond those imperfections. Aside from the iDesign scans, the LASIK team will also run several other tests, like corneal thickness, dryness of the eyes, etc.
During Your LASIK Surgery
Using the state-of-the-art IntraLase Laser, our surgeons will create a thin microscopic flap on the cornea, which is the clear, front part of your eye. Then the surgeon uses an instrument to lift the flap. After lifting the flap, your surgeon will use a second laser—the VISX® Laser—to reshape your cornea, reducing or eliminating your prescription issues. Once the reshaping is complete, the flap is placed back in its original position so it can heal.
One of the ways we ensure our patients receive the best results possible is by following up. During your follow-up, your doctor will evaluate your eyes and clear you to return to normal activities. Your doctor will go over some things you can do and can’t do following your LASIK procedure. For a complete list, click here.
Choose Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons for All Your Vision Care Needs
Deciding to get LASIK is a major life decision. Our highly-trained doctors and friendly staff are here to try to make that decision easier on you. Head into any of our multiple locations to receive the care you deserve. Schedule an appointment to discuss your questions and concerns about LASIK. Our staff looks forward to working with you to find the best solution for your vision.
Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons is also your one-stop shop for vision care needs. Our doctors are trained to evaluate and treat various conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, and more. Bring your whole family for primary vision care, bifocals, routine exams, or whatever you need.