Laser Vision Correction procedures are performed in our AAAHC accredited Eye Surgery Center. During the procedure, the Dr. Snyder first administers a local anesthetic via eye drops, so you will feel very little discomfort during the procedure. An instrument is then placed over the eye to prevent you from blinking. Next, Dr. Snyder creates a very thin flap from the outer layer of the cornea, using the IntraLase laser. The flap is folded to the side, and the Visx Star S4 IR excimer laser, programmed with a customized, individual map of your eye, removes tiny amounts tissue with quick pulses of concentrated light. This laser has an eye-tracking system that is faster than any movement of the human eye. This process usually takes less than a minute. Once this is done, the Dr. Snyder folds the flap back into place and surgery is complete.
You may go home shortly after the procedure; however, someone else must drive or alternate transportation must be arranged. You will be asked to get lots of rest, avoid any strenuous activities, and avoid rubbing the eye area for a period of time. There are follow up appointments with the doctor 24 to 48 hours after the procedure and periodically over the following weeks and months. Vision should dramatically improve in the first few days following surgery. Most patient often may return to work in a day or two, though it is best to take a few days off to ensure a smooth recovery.