LASIK Step-by-Step

September 20, 2017

At Piedmont Eye Center, we want our patients to know what to expect from their LASIK surgery. If you are thinking of scheduling a LASIK procedure, below is the timeline you can expect to follow, from evaluation to follow up.

Research

Almost all patients do research before committing to LASIK surgery. There are a lot of questions to be answered. Where do you go? Will it hurt? What is the recovery like? Luckily, we have many resources available on our website, as well as in our office, to help you answer all your questions during this phase.

Partial Evaluation

A partial evaluation can be done for a variety of reasons, but is not done for every patient. During this appointment, preliminary tests are run. Mainly, the goal is to determine that your eyes are healthy overall and have enough corneal tissue to support a safe correction for your prescription. For patients that are unsure if they qualify medically, this evaluation can set their mind at ease. If a patient is considered a good candidate, they are scheduled for a full evaluation.

Evaluation

Before the evaluation, patients must be out of their contacts for at least  two to three weeks, depending on the case. By not wearing contacts, the doctor can observe your eyes in their most natural state. At this appointment, Dr. Bowers and a technician will work together to get a full picture of your eye health. Using a wave scan, your corneal topography will be mapped. The computer-generated information can be downloaded directly into the iLASIK™ device, providing a custom treatment that is unique for each patient. This iLASIK™  technology is only available locally with our practice.

Patients will also undergo a eye refraction test, the traditional test that most patients are used to receiving at the eye doctor. Next, your eyes will be dilated and examined. If everything looks healthy and normal, Dr. Bowers will provide instructions for both before and after surgery. Often, a surgery date is scheduled at this time.

Prescriptions

Between the evaluation and surgery, you will be prescribed steroid eye drops. These drops will help to control inflammation associated with surgery. After the procedure, you will continue with an antibiotic eye drop, which will help to prevent infection.

Surgery

Leading up to the day of surgery, many patients still have questions. The good news is that the staff at Piedmont Eye Center is always willing to answer them.

On the day of your surgery, the entire procedure will only take between 10-15 minutes. After it has been completed and you have been cleared to leave, a family member will need to drive you home.  

Follow Up Visits

Once the surgery has been completed, follow up visits will be scheduled for about a year. The standard schedule is:

  • 1 day after surgery
  • 1 week after surgery
  • 1 month after surgery
  • 4-5 months after the 1 month appointment

At these visits, Dr. Bowers checks personally to ensure that the eye is healing properly. At each appointment, an eye refraction test is completed and compared to the previous one to measure changes in vision. Vision changes take three months or longer to fully stabilize, with some patients taking longer. Eye dryness can affect the stabilization process, with dryer eyes taking longer. It is important to use artificial tears regularly for at least 6 months.

As you walk through these steps, our staff is always ready to answer questions or clarify information. We want our patients to feel comfortable with their LASIK decision. If you have questions, or are ready to book an appointment, let us know!

What Our Patients Think

  • Ben Crosswhite / OWNER, CROSSWHITE FITNESS
    I couldn't recommend a better doctor, a better facility, and I'm so glad I did it.
  • Brenda Edson in front of a brick home
    Brenda Edson /
    "I could not have asked for a better experience at Piedmont Eye Center. From my very first visit, the staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and genuinely interested in me."
  • Bobby Moore /
    "I wish I would have done it many years ago now."
  • Bryan Mitchell outside of a football stadium
    Bryan Mitchell / ANALYST
    "My vision was the best it had been since I was a teen. I had my LASIK surgery performed almost 2 years ago, and it is as good today as it was then."
  • Caroline Trexler /
    "They ensured that the entire process from preliminary appointments to follow up visits went seamlessly – the perfect team that gave me perfect vision."
  • Charles / RETIRED COMMANDER , UNITED STATES NAVY
    "All and all, this has been a very pleasant and beneficial period for me. I recommend it highly for anyone in a similar situation.'
  • Cynthia Stewart standing outside
    Cynthia /
    "I feel almost like a new person It’s a wonderful feeling to wake up in the morning and be able to actually see across the room without fumbling for my glasses. "
  • Frances / RETIRED
    "Dr. Ceballos has always been very positive, clarifying everything medically, never leaving me in doubt and has always made me feel special and important."
  • Guy / RETIRED
    "The procedure was painless, and now I’m happy to say I only wear glasses to read. I have 20/20 vision in my left eye and 20/25 in my right. "
  • Janice Bloom standing in front of a tree
    Janice Bloom / ADMISSIONS DATABASE & COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
    "Dr. Bowers and his staff treated me with the utmost in professional care, making sure I was comfortable throughout the entire process."
  • Barbara / RETIRED
    "The procedure was pain free and I am so pleased with the results. It was money well spent and it is unbelievable how clear and colorful everything is. I want to tell Dr. Bowers and his staff how grateful I am."
  • Jerome / RETIRED
    "Doctor Vogel has treated me professionally as has his staff. They have been caring and have answered my questions to my satisfaction."
  • Jon Dupin standing outside of a brick home
    Jon Dupin / PASTOR
    "LASIK is not just a medical advancement to me; it’s a miracle"
  • Josh Brewer / HUMANITARIAN AID
    "Because of Dr. Bowers and his team at Piedmont Eye Center, my everyday life is now a whole lot easier. "
  • Judy Bowman / MISSIONARY
    "My experience of having Laser Vision Correction was fantastic. Dr. Bowers and all his staff are so knowledgeable and professional, yet very personal, warm, caring, and friendly."
  • Lucy standing in a classroom
    Lucy /
    "Dr. Bowers and his team were very comforting. The next morning, I opened my eyes and was able to see the alarm clock across the room, which I was never able to see before. It was a miracle!"
  • Martha Ann / GRANDMOTHER
    "It is a wonderful feeling to have no RX lenses. I want to thank Dr. Bowers and the Surgery Center for the freedom I feel.”
  • Monica Shelton / Featured Patient
    "Everyone told me what they were going to be doing to me and what to expect every step of the way. My experience with Piedmont Eye Center and Dr. Bowers and the whole LASIK team was awesome!"
  • Adelia / RETIRED
    "God led me to Dr. Vogel. He is absolutely the most wonderful doctor in the world. Not only is he a great doctor, he is a great ‘people person’. You always feel safe with him."
  • Penny Abbot in front of a home
    Penny Abbott / Financial Consultant
    "From the great staff who helped me, to the simplicity of setting up my flexible spending account, to my complete satisfaction and enjoyment of having clear sight, this has been an easy process."
  • Sallie Bloom / SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER
    "The staff at Piedmont eased my nerves and the procedure was swift and smooth."
  • Sue Earsing and lasik eye surgery
    Sue / CHIROPRACTOR
    "I have always seen the world through glasses or contacts, so the sharpness of vision I have now was never there before."
  • Tim / NATIONAL ENDURO CHAMPION
    “Dr. Bowers not only met my expectations, he surpassed them. I had no idea that vision like this was possible. I no longer struggle in the shadows of a course- everything is clearer.”
  • Troy Doss
    Troy Doss / ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT JEFFERSON FOREST
    "Piedmont Eye Center takes care of the little things to make LASIK a comfortable process."
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