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LASIK Eye Surgery: A Quick and Highly Effective Outpatient Procedure

Dr. Paul S. Gulbas and Dr. Mark J. Gallardo perform LASIK eye surgery in El Paso, TX, to surgically correct your vision. LASIK eye surgery is a safe and highly effective treatment for patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism who want to reduce and even eliminate the need for corrective eyewear. Knowing what to fully expect throughout every stage of treatment can help patients make informed decisions about whether or not LASIK is right for them.

On the Day of Your Surgery 

On day of your surgery, you must have someone you trust to drive you home following your surgery. In addition, please refrain from wearing any makeup, face lotion, or perfume that might be in or around your eyes and interfere with the surgery. Debris left by these substances can put you at risk for eye infection. 

The LASIK Procedure

When you arrive at our facility, we will administer local anesthesia in the form of eye drops and supply medication to help you relax, if necessary. LASIK eye surgery takes about 15 to 30 minutes from start to finish, although preparing for the procedure and discharging you from the facility with the proper instructions and medication takes about one hour.

Flap Creation

Once you are comfortably reclined, we will gently prop your eyelids open using a tool called a lid speculum. We will also use a ring-like device to stabilize your eyes and prevent them from blinking and apply drops to keep your eyes moisturized. Once this phase commences, it is normal to have blurred or dark vision. Your doctor will then create a flap in your cornea using an advanced femtosecond laser

LASIK eye surgery is a quick and relatively painless outpatient procedure for patients who want to achieve their best vision without the use of corrective lenses or eyewear.

Reshaping the Cornea

While you are focusing on a special light, the computer-controlled laser will sculpt your cornea using measurements based entirely on the curvature of your eyes. This step of the procedure will reshape the cornea so that it can properly refocus light on your retina. The laser's target areas are digitally calculated and precise to treat only the tissue that need to be modified.

If you are nearsighted, the laser will flatten the cornea. If you are farsighted, the laser creates a steeper cornea. LASIK eye surgery can also correct astigmatism by modifying an irregularly shaped cornea. While the laser reshapes the cornea, you will hear ticking of the device and may smell something similar to burnt hair. This is completely normal. The surgery is virtually painless, but you will feel a sense of pressure and slight discomfort on your eyes throughout.

Replacing the Flap

Once your cornea has been properly reshaped, your surgeon will reposition the corneal flap, and it will heal on its own over the next few hours. We will provide a shield for your eyes to prevent you from rubbing them or accidentally applying pressure that might interfere with the healing process. We will schedule a followup appointment within the first 48 hours after your surgery

Schedule a Consultation 

LASIK eye surgery is a quick and relatively painless outpatient procedure for patients who want to achieve their best vision without the use of corrective lenses or eyewear. Call our office at (915) 542-0279 or contact us online to learn more about LASIK eye surgery. 

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