Pre and Post Operative Instructions and Information
Our laser, the VISX® Star S4 Custom Vue Laser with eye-tracking and Iris Registration, is the most advanced laser in the world. This is the same laser used exclusively by NASA on its astronauts because it delivers the safest and most precise results possible. In fact, the Wave-Front technology used in our laser was invented for NASA’s Hubble Telescope. This amazing technology is delivered with a personalized approach that ensures a great outcome and a pleasant experience.
To make this technology affordable, we have put together, what we feel, is the best refractive surgery package in America including the following benefits:
- Free consultations
- Free pre-operative testing
- Free post-op care for 12 months
- SEECA’s “Great Vision Guarantee”
- Free enhancements for one full year
- Interest free financing for 12 full months
- The lowest price on Custom Lasik in America
We sincerely thank you for trusting us with your eyes and we will work hard to maintain that trust. You may find comfort in knowing that we have NEVER had a vision threatening complication and our “enhancement rate” is 0.3% (this is 30 times better than the national average of about 10%). Our World Class record of success is the result of our attention to detail and our philosophy of only operating on patients who are perfect candidates (we turn away about 25% of interested applicants).
To maintain this unprecedented record of success and to ensure an excellent outcome for you, we require your active participation in the process. Please read all the information in this packet and follow all instructions carefully. Welcome to SEECA! J
Pre Op (Thursday before the Procedure)
- Put one drop of Zymar in surgical eye(s) 4 times a day.
- Put one drop of Pred Forte in surgical eye(s) 4 times a day.
- Wash eyelids with antibacterial soap Thursday before going to bed.
Day of Surgery (Friday the day of the Procedure)
- Wash eyelids with antibacterial soap then put one drop of ZYMAR and Pred Forte in the surgical eye(s) before leaving home.
- NO makeup, jewelry, perfume or lotion.
- Please bring all your drops with you on the day of surgery.
- Bring a good pair of sunglasses. You can use your discount coupon to purchase a pair at SEECA on the day of surgery if you wish.
- Dress comfortably. Bring a jacket. Avoid clothing with lint, fuzz, etc.
- Bring a driver to remain with you. Expect to stay for 2 hours.
Intra Op (During the Procedure)
- Relax and don’t squeeze your eyes
- Concentrate on the orange blinking light during the procedure.
- Remain MOTIONLESS while the procedure is underway.
- During the suction process, your vision will go dark for about 30 seconds then come back. This is normal and harmless.
- PREPARE FOR THE LID HOLDER – (this keeps your lids open during the case so you don’t have to) It will feel tight on your lids at first. Relax both eyes, look at the blinking light, and you will get accustomed to it after just a few seconds.
- PREPARE FOR THE SOUND – The laser reshapes your cornea with a SNAPPING sound. This is the normal sound of the laser and nothing to worry about. There is NO PAIN during this part of the procedure.
- PREPARE FOR THE SMELL – As the laser reshapes the cornea with a snapping sound, you will smell something similar to hair burning. This is the smell of the laser reshaping your cornea and nothing to worry about.
- PREPARE FOR THE PACE – While in the laser suite, we never rush, but we do move efficiently through the procedure. By keeping your surgical time to a minimum, we decrease the risk of intra-operative infection, and we decrease the amount of time the bright lights are shining in your eyes.
Post Op Instruction
- For the first 24 hour hours,
- Rest and relax at home. Sleeping is encouraged.
- A Lunesta tablet may be taken (not to exceed 1 tablet every 24 hours) to help you sleep, if needed.
- Don’t rub, bump or push on the eye(s) with anything.
- Don’t take a shower; Bathing is OK. (showering OK after 24 hours)
- Don’t wear makeup (make up OK after 24 hours).
- Don’t exercise (working out OK after 24 hours).
- For the first 2 weeks
- No rubbing eyes, skydiving, scuba diving, aggressive water sports, swimming, hot tubs, or contact sports.
What to Expect after the procedure?
- Honey Moon Vision (1st Month fluctuation) Your vision will fluctuate from clear (the Honey Moon) to blurry during the first month (sometimes repeatedly). This is the 1st month fluctuation and is a normal part of the healing process.
- Dry Eye Vision: Your vision may be slightly blurred for up to 6 months after surgery due to dryness. Dryness is a temporary nuisance for most people after refractive surgery that resolves in time. If you sleep with a fan on at night, your dryness will be more severe so please alert the team so we can give you some additional help to get you through this part of the healing process.
- One Eye Clearer: One eye is typically clearer than the other during the healing process. This is caused by subtle differences in your healing pattern and is completely normal. Try to avoid checking one eye against the other (yes, it’s tough to resist), as this slows the brains adaptation to your new vision.
- Late Fluctuating Vision: (2nd and 3rd Month fluctuation) Your vision will have subtle fluctuations during the 2nd and 3rd months after your procedure. This will become less noticeable as time passes and is a good sign that the eye(s) are still improving. Once you are completely healed, your vision will be constantly clear.
Post-Op Drops (After Procedure) (wait 1 minute between drops)
- Lasik patients use Pred Forte and Zymar 4 times a day for 2 weeks.
- PRK patients use Pred Forte, Zymar and Acular LS 4 times a day for 2 weeks after surgery.
- Lasik/PRK use Artificial Tears every 30 minutes for at least 2 weeks then as needed for dryness, discomfort or blurred vision.
Be careful not to touch or bump the eye when putting in drops