LASIK Specialist

Grochmal Eye Center

Ophthalmology located in Catonsville, MD

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people in the United States undergo LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) to correct their vision and gain freedom from glasses and contact lenses. At Grochmal Eye Center in Baltimore, serving the Washington, DC, metro area, LASIK is the vision correction procedure of choice. Jay C. Grochmal, MD, has worked with TLC for more than 15 years, performing more than 2,500 eye laser procedures. For a consultation to learn more about LASIK and if it can benefit you, call the office or request an appointment online today.

LASIK Q & A

What is LASIK?

LASIK is a type of refractive surgery that corrects various vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It corrects vision by reshaping your cornea, which is the outer window of your eye, to allow the rays of light to focus more accurately on your retina. 

Dr. Grochmal is one of the leading LASIK eye surgeons in Baltimore and has performed more than 2,500 surgeries and counting. He has worked with TLC for over 15 years, where they use the new Alcon Allegretto system called the Wavefront™ LASIK for refractive eye surgery. 

This advanced system integrates corneal mapping, the use of FDA-approved Allegretto Wavelight® EX500 excimer laser and Alcon Wavelight® FS200 femtosecond laser - two of the most advanced lasers that allow vision correction at a much more precise degree than traditional refractive eye surgery. In the three years, he has been using this system, there has been no need for enhancements. 

How do I prepare for LASIK?

Grochmal Eye Center provides you with specific instructions on how to prepare for LASIK surgery based on your individual needs. If you wear contact lenses, the team recommends you switch back to glasses for 2-4 weeks prior to your surgery so that your cornea can return to its normal, natural shape. 

You also need to arrange a ride home after your LASIK surgery. 

What can I expect during LASIK surgery?

Your LASIK surgery only takes 10-15 minutes per eye, but you can expect to be at the office for up to an hour and a half. After you complete the paperwork, and Dr. Grochmal reviews your treatment plan, he cleans your eyes and lashes and places numbing eye drops in your eyes. 

Dr. Grochmal then places a thin metal instrument under your upper and lower eyelid to keep the eyes open. He first uses the Femto laser to create a flap in your cornea, then the excimer laser to remove and sculpt your cornea. Your flap is then placed back in its original position so it can heal naturally. 

Dr. Grochmal administers anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic eye drops to your eyes. You then go to a recovery area to rest until a final examination takes place and you can go home. 

During recovery, your eyes may feel gritty, irritated, or watery and be sensitive to light. These side effects shouldn’t last longer than a week, and Grochmal Eye Center provides eye drops to ease your discomfort.

Is blade-free LASIK an option?

Yes, Grochmal Eye Center also performs the innovative Intralase blade-free LASIK procedure. With the blade-free system, Dr. Grochmal corrects vision without the need for cutting or incisions. 

If your cornea is too thin for LASIK surgery, Grochmal Eye Center may suggest photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), which was the most common form of refractive surgery before LASIK. Dr. Grochmal reviews all your vision correction options during your consultation. 

How soon can I expect an improvement in vision?

You should experience a dramatic improvement in your vision a few days after LASIK. However, your vision may fluctuate for 2-3 weeks.

For a LASIK consultation to see if the procedure can improve your vision, call Grochmal Eye Center, or request an appointment online today.