McKnight Eye Centers had the pleasure of treating Miss Missouri 2015 McKensie Garber. McKensie wore contacts throughout her pageant career but is now able to see 20/20 without the need for contacts or glasses thanks to LASIK with Dr. Dustin McKnight on June 2016.
During her preoperative evaluation, Miss Missouri was given a comprehensive dilated exam. During that exam, Dr. Dustin McKnight evaluated both of her eyes to assure that LASIK was the right choice for her.
Some factors in deciding if LASIK is the right choice include:
At this visit the patient and the doctor communicate about timing of surgery, as well as post operative instructions restrictions and appointments if LASIK is deemed appropriate.
After her preoperative appointment with Dr. Dustin McKnight it was decided that LASIK would be the best option for Garber’s vision correction.
Before the procedure, McKensie was given a medication to help her relax and an anesthetic eye drop to numb the eyes. When it is time for the procedure the patient is taken to the LASIK suite where they lay down for the duration of the procedure.
On procedure day Garber was first seen by Hunkeler Eye Institute’s LASIK coordinator Donna. Donna first checked in with McKensie assuring that she understood the procedure and everything that came after including postoperative appointments, what she may feel after surgery and when to expect to feel completely normal again. Measurements were taken of the eye for the custom LASIK procedure on the day of surgery.
Dr. McKnight uses the Intralase method. IntraLase is different from traditional LASIK methods because it is the first blade-free way to create a corneal flap. Traditional LASIK methods use an instrument called a microkeratome to create a corneal flap.Using the IntraLase method tiny, ultra-precise pulses of laser light are used to create the corneal flap so no blade or other instruments are used. Patients report better postoperative vision when using an IntraLase laser particularly in terms of their ability to see in low light. Some other benefits of using the IntraLase laser are the corneal flap is made by the tiny ultra-precise laser light pulses rather than a one-dimensional cut made by your doctor a more precise flap is made, making it unique to each patient's eye, this is beneficial because everyone's eye is shaped a little different. The creation of the flap is much faster than traditional LASIK, taking only 15-20 seconds.
Many people are worried about pain and if creating a corneal flap or the LASIK procedure itself will hurt. While some patients report feeling slight pressure the procedure is not painful. Dr. McKnight will numb your eye prior to surgery.After the procedure, your eyes may feel dry and itchy but that will resolve within a few days. You may use Preservative Artificial Tears to help relieve any discomfort you experience after your LASIK procedure.
At your one day postoperative appointment your vision is usually almost at your target visual acuity Dr. McKnight will check your vision and check your corneal flap to assure that it is healing and to assure that your visual acuity is nearing your target. Any additional questions or concerns will be addressed at this appointment as will any additional appointments that will need to be scheduled.