The Educational and Surgical Experience
What’s involved if I want to proceed?
This first step is to schedule a consultation/evaluation at Palmer Eye Center. You will receive information regarding the laser procedure, be able to address any questions or concerns you may have and make an informed decision as to whether laser vision correction is right for you. At that time we will examine your eyes to confirm you are a candidate for the procedure and to ensure you have no other eye problems, which may inhibit the satisfactory correction of your vision. You will have all of your questions answered as well as the opportunity to speak with Dr. Palmer about your eyes and the results you can expect from laser vision correction.
Planning for the Procedure
You will only miss one day of work for this procedure. You are required to take off from work immediately after the procedure and must be accompanied by someone to drive you home afterward. The day following your surgery please return to the office for a follow-up appointment. Virtually all Lasik patients are able to drive themselves to their follow-up appointment. Patients are typically released to return to work after this appointment.
The refractive examination is very thorough and your eyes will be dilated. You should plan on being at the office for approximately two hours for this examination.
After the refractive examination, you may schedule your procedure. The surgery is performed in our office by Dr. Palmer. Upon arrival, you will be brought into the pre-op area where a member of our surgical team prepares you for surgery and discusses postoperative instructions, after which, at your discretion, you will be given 10 milligrams of Valium to relax you prior to the procedure. Once brought into the surgery suite your eyelids will be cleaned. Before the procedure begins Dr. Palmer will administer topical anesthetic drops to your eyes. The actual laser portion of the procedure lasts up to 60 seconds and is painless.
About the Surgical Suite
At Palmer Eye Center rest assured you will be well cared for in our state-of-the-art climate-controlled laser vision correction surgical suite. Unlike other facilities that utilize the services of a mobile laser unit once a month and then travel on to its next destination, Palmer Eye Center offers an in-house laser vision correction facility unparalleled in most offices in Florida and Georgia.
Closed-circuit monitoring is available for family and friends to view your procedure if you so wish.
After the Procedure
Immediately following the procedure you will be discharged. The assistant will place protective eyewear on you and escort you to the reception area.
It is normal to feel some discomfort such as burning and tearing for approximately two hours after the procedure. We advise you to sleep during this time wearing the plastic shields.