EmpowHER follows Jessica through LASIK laser eye surgery at Schwartz Laser Eye Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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LASIK Eye Surgery From Start to Finish Jessica: Hi, I am Jessica. I am having LASIK surgery performed today by Dr. Schwartz and I wanted to bring you along so you could participate in my experience. Before the surgery my vision is, I believe I have a -3.5 prescription in one eye and -3 in the other. So it’s pretty average from what they tell me, but I am nearsighted so seeing distance is difficult for me. Right now, I am feeling a little bit nervous but excited at the same time. I have heard lots of good things about LASIK and I’ll just be really excited to be able to see without glasses or contacts. Dr. Jay Schwartz: Hi, I am Dr. Jay Schwartz. LASIK is a type of eye surgery to correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism. It can also be used to help correct for patients who want to get rid of reading glasses. So the LASIK procedure itself is done nowadays with the most modern technology, using all laser technology creating a flap, lasering every shape in the surface of the eye and then repositioning that flap back on to the surface of the eye. I am going to lift you up here, get you are lined up with the machine. It is going to make the flap. You just hold real still. You are doing great. Hold still. You are doing great. Just creating the flap right now – nice job. The patients, when they come to my office for a LASIK procedure are here for approximately an hour and a half. Often times we are re-testing things that we saw on the first day just to be certain that everything is perfect before we proceed with the LASIK. The surgery, the procedure itself lasts approximately 8 to 10 minutes. So it’s actually fairly quick. A lot of the time spent here is preparatory time and then of course checking on the patients after the procedure to make sure they are doing well and they are feeling good before they leave to go home. Go ahead and put your chin there. Excellent! They’re perfect – absolutely perfect! Get some rest, we will see you tomorrow.