LASIK Process

LASIK is not just a surgery. It’s a three-step, life-changing process including a complimentary consultation, the procedure day, and your life after LASIK. We are with you every step of the way!

Complimentary Consultation

We offer an absolutely free consultation to all prospective LASIK patients. Please complete the form on this page or call us at 478-405-2020 and we will walk you through the process.

At Your LASIK Consultation Visit

The majority of people who meet the age and general health requirements are good candidates for the LASIK procedure. There are some conditions that exclude certain patients. But, whether you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, there is a good chance you’re a great candidate.

We want your visit to our office to be a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Sign in, grab a cup of our gourmet coffee, and relax. In about 30 minutes, we’ll be able to make a confident determination of your candidacy for our laser vision correction options. Utilizing today’s state-of-the-art acquisition technology [link ‘technology’ to LASIK Technology page], we will map the unique prescription and curvature of your eyes and design a custom treatment for your laser vision correction procedure.

After reviewing your measurements and maps with Dr. Eisner, we will be able to tell you if LASIK surgery is right for you. Don’t hesitate to ask questions! Every question you have about vision correction procedures will be answered.

Meeting Dr. Eisner

After making the confident determination of your candidacy in the consultation, it’s time for Dr. Eisner to meet and examine you. The pre-operative exam is the final determination of candidacy and only Dr. Eisner is qualified to make that decision. During this dilated eye exam, he will explain your specific procedure plan and answer any remaining questions. Assuming a healthy exam, Dr. Eisner will approve you for LASIK surgery and it’s time to schedule your big day!

Scheduling Your LASIK Surgery

We normally schedule your LASIK surgery on Thursday. For many of our patients, LASIK surgery can be performed the same week of the consultation. Some contact lens restrictions may apply. We will work with you to find the most convenient time for you to come in and assist you in making your payment arrangements for surgery. We offer multiple options to make LASIK affordable for everyone. Learn more information on finance options. [link ‘finance options’ to financing page]

Procedure Day

Your procedure day is finally here! There’s not much for you to do other than show up. There are no food and drink restrictions prior to the LASIK surgery. Some of our afternoon patients work right up to the time of their surgery. There is no need to be here hours before your scheduled procedure. You will be scheduled a time to arrive and usually within 30 minutes of your arrival, you’re procedure will be started. Amazingly, once you’re in the laser suite, it only takes about 15 minutes to have both eyes treated.

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What Happens in the Laser Suite? (Put in accordion format with +)

The most common question that our clients ask is, “Does it hurt?” For almost every patient the answer is a resounding “no!” It is generally a painless procedure with a very quick recovery for most patients. We do not use any needles. Instead, we use a drop to numb the cornea to take away any pain sensation. Overall, LASIK surgery is a very easy process as a patient.

The procedure works by reshaping corneal tissue layers just beneath the outer surface of the eye. Dr. Eisner will give you clear instruction throughout the procedure. You’re only job is to lay still and follow directions. Don’t worry about blinking. You won’t be able to blink. Don’t worry about moving. Our Advanced CustomVue laser system is equipped with the most advanced 3-D tracking technology to make sure your eye is always in the right spot.

What Happens After My LASIK Surgery? (Put in accordion format with +)

As soon as your procedure is completed, Dr. Eisner will examine your eyes in an exam room to confirm that everything looks good post-operatively. Now comes the fun part—take a nap! It’s the best thing you can do to speed your recovery along. Dr. Eisner prescribes a Valium to ensure that you get a nice, relaxing nap.

Sleeping for 1-2 hours after your LASIK surgery will make a huge difference in your vision. It’s normal to feel some degree of scratchiness until you go to sleep and let the natural tears and oils produced in the eye begin to smooth things over. You will not be able to drive home yourself. Please be sure to have a friend or family member drive you home.

What About My Vision? (Put in accordion format with +)

Patience is a virtue. Many patients will see an improvement immediately after their procedure. For almost everyone, the visual recovery is more noticeable after 5-6 hours (and a good nap). However, the next day is something to really look forward to.

Life After LASIK

For most of our patients, the day after LASIK is an unforgettable one. Visual outcomes vary from patient to patient. Most patients are able to achieve clear, functional vision without the need for glasses or contacts. For almost everyone, when you wake up from a good night’s sleep, you will see a major improvement in your vision.

Ninety-nine percent of our clients can drive themselves to their day one post-operative exam with no glasses or contacts. This is roughly a 15-minute exam to confirm that your eyes are healing as expected. Functional vision is normally achieved in a short time and patients return to work quickly.

Obviously, visual outcomes vary from patient to patient. Most patients are able to achieve clear, functional vision without the need for glasses or contacts. To put that into perspective, take a look at these iLASIK statistics:

  • 100% of nearsighted patients and more than 95% of all clinical study patients passed a driving test without glasses or contact lenses
  • 98% of mild to moderate nearsighted patients and almost 75% of all clinical study patients could see 20/20 or better without glasses or contact lenses
  • Four times as many mild to moderately nearsighted participants were very satisfied with their night vision after treatment compared to their night vision before treatment with glasses or contacts

Ongoing Post-Op Care

Of course there is a healing process that occurs with this procedure and fluctuations in vision are normal for some time after surgery. All post-op exams are performed by Dr. Eisner and he will monitor your progress until he feels confident to release you. Your post-op exam regimen is normally scheduled as follows:

  • One day
  • One week
  • One month
  • Three to six months
  • Released for annual exam

Your comprehensive surgery fee includes all post-operative visits. Learn more about your financing options. [link ‘financing options’ to finance page]