Storm Eye Institute

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Pre & Post Procedure

It’s time to prepare for your LASIK procedure!

  • Plan on being at Magill Vision Center for 2 hours.
  • You should arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure. You will NOT be allowed to drive yourself home.
  • If you wear contact lenses, you must:
  • Remove SOFT contact lenses at least 7 days before both the diagnostic examination and the procedure
  • Remove HARD or GAS PERMEABLE contact lenses a minimum of 4 weeks before both the diagnostic examination and the procedure

On the day of your procedure, we will:

  • Administer numbing eye drops to ensure your comfort.
  • Clean the area around your eye with an iodine solution.
  • Cover your other eye or lightly tape it closed.

Before the procedure begins:

  • You will be placed in a stable but comfortable position.
  • Your eye will be positioned under the laser.
  • An instrument called an eyelid speculum will be used to hold your eye open and prevent you from blinking.

During the procedure:

  • A ring will be placed on your eye and there will be a brief period during which you will not be able to see.
  • Our doctor will create a flap on the surface of your cornea.
  • It will take only a few seconds for our doctor to treat the inner cornea with the excimer laser.
  • You may notice a slight odor as the laser reshapes the cornea.  This is normal.

Following the treatment:

  • Our doctor will return the flap to its normal position.
  • He will observe your eye to ensure that the flap has adhered properly.
  • You will be moved to a waiting area for approximately 20 minutes, to give the flap time to settle and begin the healing process.
  • Our doctor will check the flap again before you leave.
  • You will be given eye drops and a clear plastic eye shield to use during the recovery period.

We will schedule a series of follow-up appointments for:

  • For the day after surgery       
  • 10 days after surgery
  • 2 months after surgery
  • 6 months after surgery

At home, you should:

  • Take a nap to encourage healing.
  • Use the eyedrops according to schedule.
  • Wear the shield over the eye at night for one week, to prevent you from inadvertently rubbing your eye during sleep.
  • Be sure to keep your follow-up appointments.

Appointment Scheduling

For Lasik information, call 843-216-2020
For Cataracts information, call 843-792-8100
 New patients may call 843-792-1414
 Established patients may call 843-792-8100

 Or Request an Appointment Online

Representatives are available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday


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