In our practice, LASIK is performed on an outpatient basis at the Arizona Eye Laser Center on Campbell Avenue. Although the procedure itself takes only a few minutes to complete, you should plan to spend a couple of hours at the center. Some of this time will be spent preparing you and your eyes for the procedure, while a few minutes will be required afterwards for postoperative instructions and departure preparation.
Before the procedure begins, a nurse or technician will talk to you about any immediate health problems that may affect your readiness for the surgery. At this point, additional eye measurements will be taken if you are undergoing wavefront LASIK (read about wavefront technology below). Anesthetic eye drops will be given to completely numb your eyes during the entire procedure.