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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology Provides Expert, Comprehensive Care Before, During, and After LASIK Surgery

  • Dedicated to 100% patient satisfaction
  • From initial evaluation to post-op your surgeon is here
  • Advanced laser technology


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When you choose Grand Rapids Ophthalmology for LASIK, you’re choosing expert care that’s clearly better. You’ll consistently have the same surgeon from initial evaluation to post-op…and whenever you have questions, pick up the phone, a doctor is on call 24/7/365.

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LASIK Surgery

Before LASIK Surgery

Evaluating Your Eyes

Once you have decided to get LASIK surgery, you will need to have an eye evaluation to determine which type of procedure is best for you. If you wear contact lenses, you may be asked to not wear them for up to two weeks before your evaluation so that your eyes return to their natural shape.

A thorough evaluation of your eyes will help determine if you are eligible for LASIK and if you have any conditions that may be problematic. The evaluation usually consists of:

  • Testing your vision
  • Mapping the shape of your cornea
  • Screening for eye diseases, including glaucoma, cataracts or diabetic retinopathy
  • Measuring corneal thickness, eye movement and pupil size
  • Assessing the back of the eye

If you wear contact lenses between the evaluation and the surgery, you will need to stop wearing them again for up to two weeks prior to surgery.

During LASIK Surgery

What to Expect

Though the entire experience, from walking in to walking out, may take from two to three hours, the procedure itself typically lasts less than thirty minutes. Most patients feel little or no pain throughout the surgery. Each doctor’s procedure will vary somewhat, but you can usually expect the following:

  • Anesthetic drops will be placed in each eye.
  • You will lie down on a patient bed under the laser system. Throughout the procedure, you will be asked to focus on a small blinking light.
  • A flap is created by gently lifting a thin layer of tissue from the cornea. This makes the cornea easier to reshape.
  • Pulses of laser energy precisely reshape your cornea. The corneal flap is then laid back into place and acts as a natural bandage to help your eye heal.


After LASIK Surgery

Immediately After the Procedure

Most LASIK patients notice improved vision immediately. Before you leave, your surgeon will most likely have you rest in a postoperative room for about an hour. You should also:

  • Have someone drive you home, as most doctors will advise against you driving for 24 hours
  • Stop on the way home to pick up any medications you may have been prescribed
  • Keep your eyes clean and avoid rubbing them


Adjusting to LASIK Surgery

Some people experience minor problems such as watery or red eyes for the first few days after the procedure, but others are able to return to work the very next day. Your doctor will most likely schedule a follow-up appointment the next week to test your vision and ensure your eyes are healing properly. By this time, you are likely to see as good as or better than you did with contact lenses or glasses.

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WaveLight® refractive technology combines newer surgical advancements into a LASIK procedure personalized for your ideal vision. If you’re looking for LASIK that’s as unique as you are, the WaveLight® system may be right for you — and we’ve got the stats to back it up! While LASIK has been shown to be safe and effective, it’s still surgery. And like any surgical procedure, there can be complications or side effects. Make sure to discuss the risks and benefits of LASIK with your doctor so you can make an informed decision that’s best for you.