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Before and After Care

Preparing for surgery    

Adhering to the preparation instructions provided by your care team avoids delays and promotes successful surgery.

To prepare for a successful procedure:

  • Do not wear contact lenses for two weeks prior to your surgery
  • Tell your surgeon about any medications you take
  • Eat before your surgery, if possible
  • Take your regular medications
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Remove all make-up
  • Do not wear perfume, cologne, or aftershave, as these can interfere with the laser
  • You will not be able to drive after surgery, so plan for a ride

If you have specific questions, please ask to avoid complications or surprises.

Surgery day

On the day of your LASIK eye surgery, please arrive at the scheduled time. There are no restrictions on what you can eat or drink, or what medications you can take.

When you arrive, you are asked to read and sign a consent form. If you have any questions, you can ask the surgeon when you meet before the procedure.

Eye drops are placed in the effected eye(s) every few minutes prior to the procedure. These drops are used to numb the eye(s) and to prevent infection.

Because the laser is pre-programmed with your prescription before you enter the procedure room, most surgeries take less than 15 minutes. If you are having surgery on only one eye, the other eye is covered to help you focus during the procedure. To prevent blinking, a speculum is used to hold your eyelid(s) open. You are instructed to look at a flashing red or green target light. The surgeon watches your eye through a microscope at all times. The laser makes a clicking or snapping sound, which is normal.

Patient undergoing LASIK vision correction surgery

After surgery, the surgeon examines your eye(s) in the post-op exam room. You are given a kit containing medicated drops and eye shields to protect your eyes. Post-op instructions for use of eye medications are given verbally as well as written.

After surgery, your vision may be blurry, but you should start to notice your distance vision getting better within the day following surgery.

You may have some discomfort, sensitivity to light, and a feeling that something is in your eye. These symptoms are normal and do not last. It is best to keep your eye(s) closed for the remainder of the day.

Long-term after care

At OMC, our care doesn't end when the surgery is complete.   

Our aftercare includes multiple follow-up visits to monitor your vision. It may take three to four months before you can see clearly. Your vision may fluctuate for the first couple months. This is a normal part of the healing process. If your vision is blurry beyond 20/40, you may need temporary glasses.

After three months, if you are still having vision issues, your surgeon determines if you could benefit from a second treatment. Patients with refractive errors are treated if the surgeon agrees it is medically advisable and necessary. In the rare case an enhancement is necessary; the cost for the procedure would be at no charge.

For LASIK, patients must follow all post-operative (after surgery) care guidelines and complete yearly follow-up exams; however, these exams are not included in the cost of surgery.

Enhancement Policy

When a patient has a LASIK procedure done with OMC Advanced Vision Diagnostics and LASIK Services, enhancements (a follow-up procedure to maintain or enhance vision correction) are performed free of charge. The enhancement must be performed at OMC Advanced Vision Diagnostics and LASIK Services.

Costs are incurred for any future procedures or enhancements that require new or different technology than the original procedure. For example, if a patient initially elects monovision (correcting one eye for distance and one for near vision) and later decides to correct both eyes for distance vision, there is an additional charge.


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