The Pan Pacific surgeon will set a target to correct your vision to 20/20 if your prescription permits. If your results deteriorate, your doctor will re-evaluate your eyes and Pan Pacific will retreat you at no additional cost within the first year. If an enhancement is requested after the first year, Pan Pacific reserves the right to charge up to 25% per eye of the prevailing retail procedure fee. Of course normal aging and eye disease are not the responsibility of Pan Pacific and are excluded from this program.
We recommend that you sleep for about two-three hours following your procedure. Your eyes may be itchy and watery. This is common immediately following treatment. Most patients are able to return to work within 24 hours of having the procedure. Reading can sometimes be troublesome for the first week following laser eye surgery. There is a two week period in which we request that you take no rigorous showers, refrain from wearing eye make-up and stay away from dusty, dirty environments. LASEK-PRK patients may take 3-5 days before they can return to work.
Contact lenses somewhat alter the curvature of the cornea. It is important that your contact lenses are removed prior to your initial consultation as well as before your procedure. The type of lenses that you wear will determine the amount of time. This will be discussed with you when you book your consultation.
You will be required to see your surgeon the day after your procedure and most often after a period of seven days, one month, three months, six months and one year. There is a small chance that your doctor may need to see you in between scheduled appointments. Following laser vision correction, a patient’s vision is typically stable within a three month period. Additional visits will be required for LASEK-PRK patients.
Most patients choose to have both eyes done on the same day. However, patients do have the option of having only one eye treated at a time.
Glasses for distance should not be required. Prior to your procedure, we will discuss with you an eye condition known as presbyopia. Presbyopia is the eye’s diminished ability to focus and is a natural part of the aging process. It is unrelated to the cornea and cannot be treated by laser vision correction. Beyond the age of 45, reading glasses are often required to counter the effects of presbyopia. Pan Pacific believes that for most patients, reading glasses are a welcome alternative to two pairs of glasses or bifocals.
In the initial 2-4 month period following your procedure it is normal to have some degree of night glare due to the healing process. This is temporary. If you have very large pupils and the surgeon feels that you may be at risk of ongoing night vision problems, then this will be discussed with you at your consultation.
On the day of your procedure, plan on being at the center for approximately 2 hours. This allows time for the signing and review of your consent form, payment arrangements, examination by your Surgeon, and the initial cleaning and anesthetizing of your eye(s). You will be in the laser room for about 15 minutes. Following your time in the laser room, you will be required to wait 20 to 30 minutes for a brief examination by the Surgeon prior to leaving.
The procedure itself is almost completely painless. You are awake during the entire procedure, however your eyes are completely anesthetized with drops. Your eyelid is held open with a special instrument called a speculum. While the flap is being created, you may feel some pressure on your eye. The actual laser treatment takes less than one minute.
The best doctors are found by asking questions. Find out if the doctor is certified, how many procedures they have completed. Pan Pacific has a leading edge understanding of laser vision correction and attracts many of the most respected doctors in the community.