Many people put off having LASIK eye surgery because they are afraid of what might happen. They may have read on the internet that the procedure causes pain, or that there might be serious complications of some kind.
Here in this post, we’d like to set the record straight. Please be assured you will feel no pain during LASIK surgery! The lasers that are used do not burn the patient’s eyes or the surrounding skin. In fact, the vast majority of patients report that they hardly feel anything at all. At most, you might feel a little pressure for a few seconds. Furthermore, the risk of a minor visual complication is only 1 percent. This is a fact backed up by numerous studies. When a qualified and experienced surgeon performs your LASIK procedure, this 1 percent goes down to basically zero.
If that’s not enough to calm your anxieties, we are always happy to share the experiences of our patients who have undergone the LASIK procedure and tell us how thrilled they are. One such patient is Stephanie. She recently called our office to say how grateful she was for her “new eyes” and for how well Dr. Ashraf and his staff treated her during the LASIK procedure. Her story was so positive and genuine that we wanted to share it in this post. We’re hoping Stephanie’s experience will help put at rest any fears or concerns prospective patients may have about LASIK.
Here’s how Stephanie described what happened during her LASIK eye surgery:
“I have to admit I was a little nervous before the procedure, but as soon as I arrived at Dr. Ashraf’s office, I started feeling better,” related Stephanie. “I was asked to arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled surgery time, so I could be prepped for the procedure. When I walked in the door, the receptionist greeted me with a warm smile, which immediately put me at ease. Then one of the medical assistants took me into a side room to tell me what was going to happen during the surgery. This helped me feel calm and comfortable, because the way they explained everything to me, helped me realize there really wasn’t anything to fret about.”
During the prep time, Stephanie was provided with instructions for how to take care of her eyes following the LASIK procedure. She would need to put two drops into her eyes a couple hours after the surgery, and then twice a day, for a couple weeks. She was given special instructions for how to shower too: It was very important that she did not get her eyes wet when showering or bathing. Stephanie was also given a “goody bag” which included goggles to wear in the shower, sunglasses to wear outdoors, and the eye drops for her eyes.
Once those things were taken care of, Stephanie returned to the patient room. “The nurse put numbing drops in my eyes and ran another scan,” Stephanie recounted. “Dr. Ashraf then came into the room to do some more eye tests, just to make sure everything was okay with my eyes. He also told me about the possible risks of having laser eye surgery, but stressed that the risk of complications are very low.”
Stephanie was then given a shower cap and a name tag. In her words, this is what happened next: “I was laid on one bed for 30 seconds, and then moved to second bed for one minute. The lights were dimmed. I also saw some blue lights. During the procedure, Dr. Ashraf told me step-by-step what he was going to do as he was doing it, so I always knew what to expect. His bedside manner was very calm and reassuring, which really helped me relax.”
The actual surgery happened very quickly—no more than 3 to 4 minutes total. “I was surprised how fast it went,” Stephanie said. “When the surgery was finished, Dr. Ashraf gave me a few more instructions, and then left. It wasn’t a complicated process at all.”
As far as her results, Stephanie is ecstatic. “I absolutely love my new vision!,” she exclaimed. “LASIK has opened my eyes to a clearer, brighter and more beautiful world than was ever possible before through the lenses of my glasses. So now, what I tell anyone who is tired of dealing with glasses or contact lenses, is that they should take the next step and give Dr. Ashraf’s office a call. You are in the very best hands when he does the procedure…and you truly have nothing to worry about.”
Have you put off having LASIK vision correction because of your anxieties about the procedure? Don’t let your worries hold you back! The best way to allay your fears is to come in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ashfraf. During your consultation, Dr. Ashraf will perform a thorough evaluation of your eyes, explain what methods of vision correction are best for you, and address any questions or concerns you may have. You will learn if you are a good candidate for LASIK, along with further details about the procedure itself. The more you know about LASIK eye surgery, you less anxiety you will feel. We promise!
To schedule your complimentary consultation, please call the Atlanta Vision Institute at 770-622-2488 or fill out the contact form on our website. Our goal is to help you experience life to the fullest, through the clearest vision possible.