Your LASIK Experience
Cavanaugh Eye Center wants you to be comfortable with all aspects of your surgical procedure
Your first step will be to schedule a refractive consultation appointment. Dr. Cavanaugh or Dr. Jaynes along with one of our highly-trained surgical counselors will discuss all options with you. Your vision should be stable and co-existing conditions such as dry eye should be treated prior to consideration of refractive surgery. Contact lenses distort or warp the shape of the cornea and can make pre-operative measurements inaccurate. Because of this, it is very important that you discontinue contact lens wear prior to your pre-operative consult. Soft contact lens wearers need to be out of the lenses for at least one week and hard / gas permeable contact lens wearers need to be out of the lenses for a month plus an additional week for every decade of contact lens wear. Once accurate measurements are obtained at the consult, you may resume contact lens wear until the day before surgery. The consultation appointment will last about two hours and your eyes will be dilated. The visit will completely prepare you for surgery and will include an exam, diagnostic testing and surgical counseling.
Your LASIK Procedure
LASIK is an outpatient procedure that requires no injections, stitches, or needles. We typically perform surgery on both eyes the same day. On the day of your LASIK procedure, you will be asked to arrive at our Overland Park office and Laser Center about 30 to 45 minutes in advance of your scheduled surgery time to check in and be prepared for surgery. Those who need repeat testing prior to surgery will be asked to come earlier. Expect to be with us for 1 ½ to 2 hours on your procedure day. Our pre-op technician will counsel you on what to expect during surgery and will go over your postop instructions. You will receive a Valium, if you choose, to calm your nerves and begin to receive your first doses of numbing drops. Any repeat measurements or scans will be done at that time. Dr. Cavanaugh will personally speak with you, answer questions and examine your eyes prior to moving to the Laser Suite.
LASIK Post-op Care
After the procedure, you may feel some slight discomfort (scratchy, stinging, tearing) that is most pronounced in the first 3-4 hours following surgery so you will be asked to go home and take a nap. You should notice an improvement in your vision almost immediately after your nap and certainly by the next day, however, your vision may require several months to fully stabilize. Although most patients will be able to see well enough to drive following the procedure, it is best to arrange for someone to drive you to and from your procedure as well as to and from your required follow-up appointment with your eye doctor the day following your surgery. During the follow-up visit, your eyes will be examined to assess the results of your LASIK procedure and ensure proper healing. For best results, you must keep all recommended post-operative visits.