“The procedure was not intimidating at all! It was only about 10 minutes per eye. Recovery was a piece of cake!”
-Bobbi Ann Mason
“Dr. Parker assured me LASIK will be one of the best things I have ever done. He was so right-clove my new eyesight!”
“Recovery for this procedure is a piece of cake! I couldn’t believe how fast, and simple, and easy it was!”
Say Goodbye to Contacts and Glasses!
If you are determining when to get LASIK eye surgery, there has never been a better time for this procedure! With Dr. Parker’s experience, the advanced, customized technology, and financing options available, there’s no reason to wait.
You may schedule surgery with Katie or Kim by calling 866 DR LASIK or 573.335.3577. If you prefer email communication, please complete the Schedule LASIK Surgery form and be sure to let us know your preferences for the surgery date and full dilated pre-operative exam.
There is a one-day post-operative exam first thing Saturday morning. For your convenience, if you reside more than 50 miles from our Cape Girardeau office, we will take care of hotel accommodations for you for one night. Some patients opt for a pre-operative exam on Thursday, hotel accommodations Thursday night, surgery on Friday and drive home to see their regular eye doctor for the one-day post-op on Saturday. Just let us know your preference.
Dr. Parker’s Tentative Surgery Schedule
Common Scheduling Questions:
When do I have to be out of my contacts?
One factor to consider in determining when to get LASIK eye surgery is that you have to be out of your contacts for a minimum of two weeks prior to your pre-op exam. Since contacts tend to change the shape of the cornea, wearing your glasses prior to surgery allows the cornea to relax back to its most natural shape. This allows Dr. Parker to obtain the most accurate measurements possible. Use the list below to determine how long you need to be out of your contacts:
- Soft Contacts: two weeks
- Toric Lenses: three weeks
- Gas-Permeable or Hard Lenses: a minimum of four weeks, depending on how many years you have worn your lenses
We know it is not easy to wear glasses once you have worn contacts for many years. However, this is a very important step toward your successful LASIK procedure. We try to accommodate contact lens wearers by scheduling the pre-op exam as close to the surgery date as possible so you are not without your contacts any longer than necessary. Sometimes this exam can be as soon as the day before your procedure.
How much time do I need off from work?
Plan for a 1 1/2 to 2 hour dilated pre-operative exam prior to surgery. The day of surgery the actual procedure only takes about 10 minutes per eye. Although you are only in our office for a little more than an hour, you should schedule the entire day off to relax, take a 2-3 hour nap after surgery, and limit your activities.
You are back to most normal activities the following day. Our Friday LASIK schedule facilitates a postoperative exam on Saturday morning, reducing time off from work. At the one-day post-op exam, Dr. Parker will release you to drive. Depending on what your occupation is, you may go back to work one to two days after surgery.
How many visits are necessary?
Typically, you are seen one to two visits prior to your procedure. Often we combine a screening and pre-op exam if you have a limited schedule, have already been told you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery, or have to travel a long distance. You will need to be off the procedure day and will be seen the following day for a one-day post-operative visit. This visit is on Saturday morning to help alleviate time off from work. You will also have five other post-operative visits over the next year.
Please keep in mind the following when planning for your LASIK procedure:
- There is a 1 1/2 to 2 hour dilated pre-op exam that will need to be performed prior to the day of your procedure. This exam cannot be on the same day as your procedure but can be as close as the day before surgery to help minimize the length of time you are without your contacts. We recommend having a driver for this exam.
- You will need a driver the day of the procedure. Plan to be in our office for 1 to 1 1/2 hours the day of your procedure.
- You will need to take a 2-3 hour nap the day of your procedure and be prepared to take the full day to rest and relax.
- You will be unable to wear eye makeup for one week and unable to go motorcycling, horsebackriding, swimming, or use a tanning bed for two weeks after your procedure.
- There are six post-operative visits within a year after your procedure:
- One Day
- One Week
- One Month
- Three Months
- Six Months
- One Year
NOTE: You may see Dr. Parker for your post-operative care or you may choose to see your regular eye doctor for these exams. If you choose to see your regular eye doctor, these exams are still included in your LASIK fee, we simply reimburse your doctor for these visits and receive reports that keep us up-to-date on your progress.
How long is the recovery period, any limitations?
The LASIK eye surgery recovery is minimal. You should plan to have the day of the procedure to rest and relax and you will need to take a 2-3 hour nap after your LASIK eye surgery. You will begin some prescription drops after your nap which you will continue to use for one week. You will also use preservative-free artificial tears over the next few weeks. At your one day post-op visit, Dr. Parker checks your vision. He will release you to drive at at this exam and you likely will be able to resume most normal activities.
Your only limitations after surgery are no eye makeup for one week, no motorcycling, horseback riding, swimming or tanning bed for two weeks. (You might convince Dr. Parker to add in laundry and house cleaning…)