what to expect for your surgery

With all the advances in technology today, our state of the art Wavelight Excimer Laser is the best option for LASIK. It can treat larger prescription of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism than ever before. Even if you’ve been told that you’re not a good candidate in the past that may not be true today!


The first step is to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK. We offer a LASIK screening at no charge.  The LASIK screening includes a visit with the LASIK surgeon himself, Dr. Billy Haguewood.

To determine if LASIK is the best option for you, Dr. Billy Haguewood will review the measurements for corneal thickness, assess your vision, eye health and medical history. It is important to have been out of your contact lenses 1 week prior to your appointment to achieve the most accurate corneal measurements. With the advanced technology there are several options for patients that are interested in refractive vision correction but may not be a candidate for LASIK itself.

At this appointment we will answer and address any questions or concerns you may have and go over pricing and financing options. If you are a candidate, we will schedule LASIK and go over all of your pre-operative information.


Your LASIK team is here to make you as comfortable as possible. You will need a driver to bring you to your procedure, stay in the office and take you home. Arrival time will be approximately 30 minutes prior to your scheduled procedure time. This will give us time to answer any additional questions you may have, go over and sign the necessary paperwork, go over post- operative instructions, confirm you have a driver present, and be given the relaxation medication that you were prescribed.The LASIK surgery itself takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. Most patients can start seeing improvement immediately after the procedure. Your vision may seem cloudy, as if you are under water, but clears up as the day goes on.


Your surgeon will advise you to sleep for the next 3-4 hours when you arrive at home, as keeping your eyes closed will help them to heal properly. It is also recommended that you limit screen time for the first day, being sure to avoid any eye strain and let them rest. For the first 24 hours you will need to wear the goggles that will be provided for you in your LASIK bag. After that, you will wear them just at bed time for one week. You will have a post LASIK follow up the next day, but should be able to return to work if needed. The restrictions are as follows: no water in the eyes and no eye makeup for one week. Remember: do not rub your eyes and use your surgery drops as directed.

Thank you for considering Palmetto LASIK. We look forward to meeting you!