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LASIK Evaluation & Surgery

Are you a good candidate for LASIK?

Generally, LASIK is performed on patients who are nearsighted (myopic), farsighted (hyperopic), and/or have astigmatism. Additionally, an ideal candidate has good overall eye health and has had a stable vision prescription for the past couple of years. Age is taken into consideration as well.

It’s important that your prescription has stopped significantly changing (typically 19 – 25 years of age) and that you haven’t yet experienced any cataract formation (cataracts are common in the 60s).

Minnesota Eye Consultants offers complimentary LASIK Screenings for new patients that have not undergone previous eye surgery. Only through a thorough examination is your doctor able to determine what vision correction option is right for you.

If LASIK is not the best option, your surgeon will work with you to determine what vision correction method does make sense. LASIK is only one of the many options you have at Minnesota Eye Consultants.

Call us at 952-567-6020 or use the form below, to see if you qualify for a Free Screening appointment and to set up your one-on-one consultation with a highly trained and experienced Minnesota Eye Consultants’ surgeon.


What to expect during your LASIK Evaluation & Surgery

You have finally decided to ditch your contacts and glasses for good and upgrade your vision with LASIK. You likely have lots of questions – What occurs during a LASIK evaluation? What is the LASIK procedure like? What should I expect following surgery?

Schedule a consult at Minnestoa Eye Consultants and take advantage of the opportunity to speak with a surgeon about the entire LASIK experience, including any concerns or hesitations that you might have. You can get answers to your questions directly from the doctors that perform the procedures.

Are you ready to find out if you qualify for LASIK? Schedule your LASIK consultation at Minnesota Eye Consultants in Minneapolis, MN, today!

A few things to keep in mind when scheduling your evaluation:

Contact Lenses

Since contacts temporarily alter the shape of your cornea, you’ll be asked to remove your Soft Contact Lenses two weeks prior to your appointment. If you wear Hard or Toric Contacts, it’s important to remove them three weeks (or more) prior to the testing to make sure your measurements are accurate.


For a number of reasons (such as changes in metabolism, hormones, and blood circulation), vision can shift during pregnancy and while nursing. As a result, we recommend scheduling your evaluation at least three months after you’ve finished nursing. This allows your eyes enough time to stabilize following pregnancy.

Testing with a Tech

The appointment begins with corneal testing to assess the thickness and shape of the cornea. The WaveScan system is used to capture the unique shape of your eye, considered to many as “the fingerprint of the eye”. The technician will also measure your eye pressure and a Topography will create a 3D mapping of the cornea.

Refraction & Dilation

Refraction (the portion of the exam that typically determines the glasses prescription) is then performed by a technician. “Which is better, one or two?” Dilation drops are administered, and it typically takes 15-20 minutes for your pupils to enlarge.

Physician Exam

Your LASIK surgeon will examine your eyes using a high-intensity light on a slit-lamp microscope. This offers a glimpse inside the eye where your physician can search for various eye diseases and disorders and rule out any possible red flags.


Following the testing, your doctor will want to learn more about your hobbies, lifestyle, and visual goals. The surgeon will discuss his or her surgical recommendations with you. Visual and recovery expectations following surgery are also a large part of this discussion.

Scheduling Surgery

If it’s decided you are an ideal LASIK candidate (congratulations!), you will have the opportunity to meet with one of our specialty-trained Appointment Coordinators. They will discuss pricing, answer any remaining questions you may have, and help to find a surgical date that fits your schedule.

Ready to Schedule Your LASIK Surgery?

Once you’ve had your evaluation and are ready to schedule your LASIK procedure, you can reach our Surgery Scheduling Department at (952) 567-6101. Our surgical coordinator will help prepare you for this life-changing vision procedure.

A couple of things to keep in mind when preparing for your procedure:


You will again be asked to discontinue your contacts prior to the surgery. If you have questions about this, please reach out to your Appointment Coordinator for clarification.


Please arrange to have a driver for the day of your procedure. You will be offered Valium prior to surgery and may experience light sensitivity and some watering eye(s) as you leave our office.


You will likely have some medications sent to your pharmacy prior to surgery. Please pick these up ahead of time and bring them to your procedure.

Surgery Preparation

A surgical technician and the surgeon will review your chart to ensure all necessary testing is completed. Then you will meet with a Pre-op Coordinator to discuss discharge instructions, eye drops to be used following the surgery, and offered a valium (to help relax, if you wish). A technician will bring you into the Laser Suite and administer numbing drops and cleanse the surgical area.

Surgery Begins

Our expert LASIK specialists and surgical team will ensure you are comfortable and have all of your questions answered before your procedure begins. Patients will lay flat and be awake throughout the entire process.

Our doctors exclusively use the IntraLase method to create a personalized thin flap that is folded back in preparation to gently reshape the cornea. After creating the flap, your surgeon will use the excimer laser to continue reshaping your cornea. The excimer laser is a cool laser that uses the map from the WaveScan WaveFront to precisely remove only the necessary tissue from your cornea. You’ll be asked to stare at a light to keep your eye fixed on a specific point.

After correcting your vision, your surgeon will reposition the flap into place where it will act like a bandage on your eye (no stitches are needed).

Your first set of eye drops are administered immediately, and a clear plastic shield will be placed over each eye for protection.

Surgery is Complete

You’ll be given sunglasses as you may be light-sensitive and will be instructed to go home and rest for the remainder of the day. You will need to be seen by your primary eye doctor, or by a physician at Minnesota Eye Consultants, the following day for a checkup.

Many patients start noticing almost immediate improvements to their vision after undergoing a LASIK procedure, and their vision only improves in the coming days.

What is Recovery Like After LASIK?

While many patients are pleasantly surprised at how well they can see following the procedure, you will need to have a friend or family member bring you home. When you get home, the best thing you can do is rest for a few hours. Resting will give your eyes time to heal and adjust to your new vision.

Your eyes may feel dry, itchy, or irritated following LASIK. You can take over-the-counter pain medication to help with this, though it should start dissipating within a day or two of your procedure. You’ll also have prescription eye drops to prevent infection and reduce inflammation. It’s important to use these medications exactly as prescribed.

The Next Day

The day after undergoing LASIK, you’ll need to attend your first follow-up appointment. It’s important to attend all follow-up visits to ensure your eyes are healing. Immediately following surgery, avoid wearing eye makeup, swimming and water activities, strenuous exercise, and contact sports.


Serving Our Community

Minnesota Eye Consultants is proud to offer patients convenient access to eye care across the Twin Cities. We have 5 locations, each with an onsite ambulatory surgery center (ASC).

11091 Ulysses St NE
Clinic: Suite 300
ASC: Suite 400
Blaine, Minnesota 55434
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12501 Whitewater Drive, Suite 310
Minnetonka, MN 55343
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10709 Wayzata Blvd
ASC: Suite 100
Laser Procedures: Suite 120
Clinic: Suite 200
Minnetonka, MN 55305
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9801 Dupont Ave S
ASC: Suite 100
Laser Procedures: Suite 120
Clinic: Suite 200
Bloomington, MN 55431
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7125 Tamarack Rd
Clinic: Suite 100
ASC: Suite 200
Laser Procedures: Suite 250
Woodbury, MN 55125
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