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Information for patients undergoing

In anticipation of laser eye surgery, you are likely to feel anxious and have many questions or concerns. At Pima Eye Institute we offer a free consultation, at which time you meet with Dr. Ajay Sanan. If you have any questions or concerns, this is a great opportunity to let us know. We are always interested in your comments and strive to make this as comfortable and as pleasant an experience as possible.

female patient under algretto wave machineGeneral Planning

Examination Before Laser Surgery

Before your laser treatment, your eye will be evaluated and several essential measurements will be taken of your eyes. In particular, the degree of nearsightedness or farsightedness and astigmatism will be measured using the most accurate methods available. The curvature of your cornea will be measured by two devices, a keratometer and topography. A pachymeter will be used to measure the thickness of the cornea to ensure enough tissue is available to safely have the Lasik procedure.

Depending on previous evaluation done by either us or other physicians, your pupils may or may not be dilated at this visit. You will have a chance to fully read consent forms which explain the risk and alternatives to laser vision correction. Dr. Ajay Sanan will answer all your questions fully at this time.

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses can temporarily change the shape of your cornea which can alter the amount of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. We want to be certain that your eye is in it's true natural condition before any final measurements are taken. If you wear soft contact lenses, you should discontinue wear one week prior to your final examination before your laser eye surgery. If you wear rigid gas permeable, hard contacts, or soft toric contact lenses, you should discontinue these at least three weeks prior to final examination. In some cases you will need an extended period of time out of these type of lenses. The goal is to ensure that the laser is optimally programmed for your native level of correction.

Billing

Prior to your surgical procedure you will be asked to pay the total surgical fee or to make arrangement through CareCredit. Learn more by visiting CareCredit.com or contacting our office. Ready to apply? Apply online for your CareCredit card today. Apply Now

Location of Surgery

Your laser vision surgery will be performed by Dr. Ajay Sanan, M.D., at the Arizona Eye Laser Center. We will select the laser and type of treatment best suited for safest and optimal outcome for the condition of your eyes and your needs.

It is important that you, Do NOT wear any perfume or cologne on the day of your laser eye surgery. These can affect the accuracy of the laser. Do NOT wear any makeup of any kind on the day of your laser eye surgery. The makeup can sometimes get into your tear film and make the procedure more difficult.

Please bring someone with you who can drive you home after your laser procedure.

The Procedure

Surgery Day

Upon arrival at the Arizona Eye Laser Center you will be asked to fill out some additional information. Some initial images will be taken of your eyes. Any additional measurements will be taken at this time. Drops will be administers to anesthetize or numb your eye. Antibiotics drops will also be administered.

Throughout the surgery, Dr. Sanan will keep your informed and talk you through the procedure. A corneal flap will be created using the IntraLase. You will be asked to look at the fixation light. The laser has a built in tracking system that will make sure the laser treatment is applied in the proper location. Once the laser is completed the corneal flap is repositioned and additional drops will be administered. Clear plastic shields will be placed over your eyes and should not be removed until you are seen the next morning.

We understand that the entire laser correction experience can be anxiety provoking. However, due to the anesthetic medication used, you should feel very little discomfort during and after the procedure. From personal experience, Dr. Sanan recognizes those portions that tend to cause the most discomfort and will make every effort to minimize any discomfort during and after the surgery.

Evening following Surgery

Plan to take a nap as soon as you get home. Keeping your eyes moist on the evening following surgery will help reduce the post operative discomfort after your procedure. It is recommended that you keep your eyes closed as much as possible for the first 8 hours following your Lasik procedure. When your eyes are opened, be sure to blink slowly and completely.

Discomfort

It is typical to experience some mild discomfort following your laser procedure. This "scratchiness" usually last for a few hour. It is best to close your eyes and take a nap. You may take Tylenol, aspirin, or Advil if necessary to relieve any discomfort you might have.

Appointments

You will have an appointment to be seen on the next day following your laser procedure. At that time your vision will be checked and Dr. Sanan will examine your eyes. Subsequent appointments are usually scheduled about 1 week, 1 month, 3 months following your laser procedure. This may vary according to your circumstances.

Activity

Be careful to not rub or bump the eye. A shield will be provided and should be worn for the first 4 nights following your laser procedure. No swimming for 3 weeks. Showering is fine,although, you should avoid getting soap or water in your eye for the first few days following your surgery.

Vision

Visual recovery can vary for each individual patient. Most Lasik patients have useful vision within 1-3 days after surgery. Mild fluctuations in your vision over the first 1-2 weeks is normal. For some patients the vision will continue to improve in the first few months after surgery.

Pima Eye Institute looks forward to meeting your visual needs while providing the best technology and a caring staff. Please call and schedule your free consultation with Dr. Ajay Sanan, at (520) 229-1554. Find out if your are a candidate for this life changing procedure.