Unlocking the World of LASIK: What to Expect Eye Care March 11, 2024

Unlocking the World of LASIK: What to Expect

LASIK—which stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis—is a surgical procedure designed to reshape the cornea of the eye. This refractive surgery aims to address common vision issues such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.

Despite its effectiveness, many individuals still have apprehensions about LASIK surgery. However, at Eyeonce Eye Clinic, we are committed to alleviating and debunking different concerns and myths surrounding LASIK. Eyeonce’s expert eye doctors and staff will ensure to guide you through every step of the LASIK process.

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Preparing for LASIK

Before LASIK Surgery

  • Research and Choose a Skilled Surgeon – Begin by researching experienced LASIK surgeons. Consider factors such as credentials, experiences, and patient reviews. Choose a reputable surgeon like Dr. Paik Dong Won or Dr. Jung Sae Rom for optimal results.
  • Schedule a Preoperative Consultation – Arrange a consultation with your chosen surgeon. This session involves a thorough eye examination, allowing the surgeon to assess your candidacy for LASIK and discuss the procedure in detail.
  • Discontinue Contact Lens Use – If you wear contact lenses, follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding when to stop using them before the surgery. This ensures accurate measurements for the LASIK procedure.

Follow Preoperative Instructions – Your surgeon will provide preoperative instructions. These may include guidelines on medications, and restrictions on food and drink, among others. Adhering to these instructions is crucial for a successful surgery.

During LASIK Surgery

  • Arrive Relaxed and On Time – On the day of the surgery, arrive at the clinic relaxed on time. Anxiety can affect the surgery experience, so take steps to stay calm.
  • Receive Local Anesthetic Eye Drops – LASIK is performed under local anesthesia, usually in the form of eye drops. These numb the eye, ensuring you remain comfortable throughout the procedure.
  • Undergo Corneal Reshaping with Laser – The surgeon uses a laser to reshape the cornea, correcting refractive errors. The entire procedure typically takes about 20 minutes per eye. Trust the surgeon and focus on the improved vision ahead.

Experience Swift Recovery – One of the benefits of LASIK is the swift recovery. Most patients experience improved vision immediately after the surgery.

After LASIK Surgery

  • Rest and Follow Postoperative Instructions – After LASIK, rest is crucial. Follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions carefully, including the use of prescribed eye drops and any other guidelines provided.
  • Attend Follow-up Appointments – Schedule and attend follow-up appointments as advised by your surgeon. These appointments allow the surgeon to monitor your progress and ensure optimal healing.
  • Avoid Strenuous Activities – While recovery is swift, it is essential to avoid strenuous activities, swimming, and excessive eye rubbing for a specified period. This helps prevent complications and supports healing.
  • Enjoy Improved Vision – As your eyes heal, you will gradually enjoy the full benefits of LASIK. Many people achieve optimal results within a few days to weeks.

Preparing for, during, and after LASIK surgery involves a combination of research, preparation, and adherence to postoperative guidelines. With the guidance of skilled eye surgeons like Dr. Paik Dong Won and Dr. Jung Sae Rom, you can confidently embrace the transformative journey toward clearer vision.

Ideal Candidates for LASIK

LASIK, a transformative vision correction procedure, is suitable for a broad range of individuals. At Eyeonce Eye Clinic, where expertise meets innovation under the guidance of distinguished professionals like Dr. Paik Dong Won and Dr. Jung Sae Rom, the criteria for selecting ideal LASIK candidates are thoughtfully considered.

General Considerations:

  • Stable Prescription – Candidates with a stable eyeglass or contact lens prescription over the past year are generally suitable for LASIK. Stability ensures accurate measurements and predictable outcomes.
  • Good Overall Eye Health – Individuals with good overall eye health, free from conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, or severe dry eye, are preferred candidates. Eyeonce Eye Clinic, led by Dr. Paik Dong Won and Dr. Jung Sae Rom, conducts thorough assessments to ensure optimal eye health.
  • Age – While there is no strict age limit for LASIK, candidates should be at least 18 years old. This ensures that the eyes have matured, and the prescription has stabilized.
  • Corneal Thickness – Adequate corneal thickness is crucial for LASIK candidacy. Our eye surgeons use advanced diagnostic tools to assess corneal thickness and determine eligibility.
  • Pregnancy and Nursing – Pregnancy and nursing can temporarily affect vision, so postponing LASIK until after these phases is advisable. Eyeonce Eye Clinic takes such factors into account during the assessment process.
  • Occupational Considerations – LASIK is an excellent option for individuals with occupations or lifestyles that benefit from reduced dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Our ophthalmologists discuss individual needs to tailor recommendations accordingly.
  • Realistic Expectations – Ideal candidates for LASIK are those with realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure. At Eyeonce, we prioritize patient education, ensuring our patients have a clear understanding of what LASIK can achieve.
  • Commitment to Follow-up Care – Candidates for LASIK must commit to postoperative care and attend follow-up appointments as advised. This ensures the monitoring of the healing process and early detection of any issues.

LASIK candidacy is determined through a comprehensive evaluation of various factors, ensuring the safety and success of the procedure. At Eyeonce Eye Clinic, the expertise of our eye surgeons combines with state-of-the-art technologies to identify and guide candidates on their journey to clearer vision.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The LASIK procedure typically takes around 20 minutes per eye. This includes the time for preparation, the actual laser treatment, and postoperative care instructions. LASIK’s efficiency is one of its notable features, offering a swift path to improved vision.

Answer: LASIK is designed to be virtually painless. Numbing eye drops are used to ensure comfort during the surgery. Most patients report feeling only slight pressure or mild discomfort. Any potential discomfort is temporary, and patients often find the procedure more tolerable than expected.

Temporary side effects of LASIK may include dry eyes, light sensitivity, and minor discomfort. Serious complications are rare. LASIK specialists provide detailed information on potential side effects during the consultation, allowing candidates to make informed decisions.

Many individuals experience improved vision immediately after LASIK, with optimal results typically achieved within a few days to a week as the eyes fully heal. The speed of visual recovery can vary, and patients are advised to follow postoperative care instructions for the best outcomes.

LASIK is considered a permanent vision correction procedure. The results can last for many years, and most individuals experience a long-term reduction or elimination of the need for glasses or contact lenses. However, it is essential to attend follow-up appointments and maintain regular eye care for ongoing eye health.


In the realm of vision correction, LASIK stands as a beacon of technological advancement, offering a transformative journey toward clearer and more vibrant sight. Choosing LASIK at Eyeonce Eye Clinic is not just a correction of vision; it is an investment in lifestyle enhancement. The swift and virtually painless nature of the procedure, coupled with the expertise of our specialists, makes the journey toward clearer vision a seamless and rewarding experience. Join the countless individuals who have entrusted their vision to the capable hands of Dr. Dong Won and Dr. Jung Sae Rom. Book an appointment with us today!