EmpowHER follows Jessica through LASIK laser eye surgery at Schwartz Laser Eye Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Hi, I am Jessica. I am having LASIK surgery performed today by Dr. Schwartz and I wanted to bring you along so you could participate in my experience.
Before the surgery my vision is, I believe I have a -3.5 prescription in one eye and -3 in the other. So it’s pretty average from what they tell me, but I am nearsighted so seeing distance is difficult for me.
Right now I am feeling a little bit nervous but excited at the same time. I have heard lots of good things about LASIK and I’ll just be really excited to be able to see without glasses or contacts.
Dr. Jay Schwartz:
Hi, I am Dr. Jay Schwartz. LASIK is a type of eye surgery to correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism.
It can also be used to help correct for patients who want to get rid of reading glasses.
So the LASIK procedure itself is done now-a-days with the most modern technology, using all laser technology creating a flap, lasering every shape in the surface of the eye and then repositioning that flap back on to the surface of the eye.
I am going to lift you up here, get you are lined up with the machine. It is going to make the flap.
You just hold real still. You are doing great. Hold still. You are doing great. Just creating the flap right now – nice job.
The patients, when they come to my office for a LASIK procedure are here for approximately an hour and a half.
Often times we are re-testing things that we saw on the first day just to be certain that everything is perfect before we proceed with the LASIK.
The surgery, the procedure itself lasts approximately 8 to 10 minutes. So it’s actually fairly quick.
A lot of the time spent here is preparatory time and then of course checking on the patients after the procedure to make sure they are doing well and they are feeling good before they leave to go home.
Go ahead and put your chin there. Excellent! They’re perfect – absolutely perfect! Get some rest, we will see you tomorrow.
It’s like an exciting nervous feeling and then the closer you get, it’s like, the hardest part for me was the fact that they are cutting a flap in your eye and then peeling it back and having to replace that but the procedure itself, I mean you don’t really feel anything.
It’s just superfast and you don’t feel anything. You just see a little light and that was it. It’s crazy, I can see that there’s letters on that little screen up there but I can’t really focus on it.
I just now got out of this procedure and I want to bring you back tomorrow for my 24-hour check up.
Good morning, it’s the morning after and I am walking in to see how everything went.
Waking up the morning after my surgery was amazing because you open your eyes and the first thing you notice is like across the room you can read things that you have never been able to read before.
Like you know when you first wake up and not have the contacts or the glasses and it’s as if you do.
And everything is just so clear, you know just colors are brighter, details that even with glasses or contacts that you couldn’t really see, now you can see them.
So like I walked outside and I can see all the leaves on the trees and shadows and something I wouldn’t ordinarily be able to see. It’s very cool.
Dr. Jay Schwartz:
So here’s what we are going to do today is we are going to just make sure that at one day out from your surgery, that everything is looking good.
I see that your vision’s done beautifully. So we just want to make sure that the flap looks good and that there aren’t any issues.
Well, the flap there looks pristine. Everything looks great. And same there, as well. Wonderful. Perfect outcome! You look really good.
About Dr. Jay L. Schwartz, D.O.:
Dr. Jay L. Schwartz, D.O., is arguably the most prolific refractive surgeon in the valley. Having performed over 28,000 LASIK surgeries and offering both IntraLASIK and Custom LASIK procedures, it is not hard to see why professional athletes have trusted the Schwartz Laser Eye Center since 2001.
Dr. Jay L. Schwartz is the team ophthalmologist for the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, world champion Phoenix Mercury and the team LASIK ophthalmologist for the Phoenix Coyotes. The Schwartz Laser Eye Center is also the official LASIK center of the Suns, Coyotes, and Diamondbacks making it easy to see why Schwartz Laser Eye Center is synonymous with professionalism.
In fact, Schwartz Laser Center’s doctors spend every spring assisting numerous professional baseball teams preparing for the upcoming year. Aside from providing state-of-the-art refractive surgical options, such as the Visian ICL™, Epi-LASIK and Custom IntraLASIK surgery Dr. Jay L. Schwartz is an experienced cataract surgeon offering the most advanced cataract lens options; including the ReZoom™ multifocal lens for reading and computer vision and the AcrySof® Toric IOL to help treat astigmatism.
The Schwartz Laser Eye Center is not limited to providing only surgical services; the doctors provide comprehensive eye examinations at both locations and have a wide range of both prescription glasses and sunglasses. We are confident that the Schwartz Laser Eye Center can take care of all of your eye care needs.
Dr. Schwartz's practice specializes in LASIK. He has traveled throughout the United States and Europe training other surgeons on the LASIK procedure. These locations include: Albuquerque, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Nashville, Honolulu, Houston, Minneapolis, Midvale, Utah, Orem, Utah, Miami, Orlando, Quincy, Illinois, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, Tallahassee, Tampa and Florence, Italy. Dr. Schwartz has also trained several other surgeons from around the world at our clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Dr. Schwartz graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He finished his Ophthalmology Residency at Midwestern University in Chicago, Illinois in 1997. He received fellowship training from Charles Casebeer, M.D. He has been a principle investigator in an Investigative Device Exemption (IDE) study on the Nidek laser, from which data was submitted to the FDA.
Dr. Schwartz is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and licensed to practice medicine in Arizona, Colorado and Illinois. Dr. Schwartz moved to Arizona in 1997. He currently lives in Scottsdale, with his wife Brenda and daughter Madelyn and son Maxwell.