We at LCSA like to think of your procedure as consisting of:
- Pre-operative care
- Follow-up care
In order to get the most thorough care, we at LCSA prefer to have our doctors concentrate on their own areas of expertise. Our surgeons are some of the most experienced surgeons in the New York area, but much of their time is spent in the operating room. Dr. Morschauser, who is LCSA’s clinical director, oversees all of the pre-operative and follow-up care in conjunction with Dr. Speaker. She has worked with Dr. Speaker, since 1994 when he first began performing LASIK and was a study coordinator for the U.S. excimer clinical trials, which led to the FDA approval of Laser Eye Surgery.
The first step, pre-operative care, requires an initial consultation to establish if you are a candidate for LASIK. During this time we will evaluate the health of you are a candidate for LASIK. If a preliminary determination is made that you are a candidate for laser eye surgery, a second measurement as well as a dilated exam is then performed, or scheduled at a convenient time.
- Soft contact lens wearers must leave their lenses out for at least one week and hard lens or RGP wearers a minimum of one month for every decade of use
- It generally takes 20 to 30 minutes for the eyes to become fully dilated.
- Near vision is affected and your focusing ability will not return for roughly 2-4 hours.
- Your distance vision will not be affected (you can still wear your glasses/contacts), but we do not recommend that you drive home while your eyes are still dilated.
The third part of the Laser Eye Surgery process is your follow-up care. It begins with your day 1 post-op and will continue throughout your first year. Listed below is the schedule of necessary appointments.
- Day 1
- Week 1
- Month 1
- Month 3
- Month 6
- Year 1
These follow-up visits are an important part of your result. We will be monitoring your progress and assessing your results. Should you need an enhancement, we will be able to evaluate your outcome by the three-month visit. The chances of needing an enhancement are low, but are more common in patients with severe myopia and/or astigmatism.