LASIK Surgery and Recovery

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At Bernitsky Vision, we are dedicated to providing quality eye care and improving vision in Albuquerque. Our team of experienced eye care professionals will be there for you throughout every step of your LASIK journey.

Advanced LASIK Technology

Traditional LASIK involves the use of a blade called a microkeratome. Dr. Chang specializes in blade-free, all-laser LASIK. We find that all-laser LASIK allows for quicker recovery and a greater range of correction potential, meaning that we may be able to treat patients who may have previously not been candidates for LASIK.

We utilize advanced laser correction technology in order to optimize your vision and provide you with a LASIK experience that exceeds your expectations. At Bernitsky Vision, we use the WaveLight®️ Refractive Suite, which includes the WaveLight®️ FS200 Femtosecond Laser and the WaveLight®️ EX500 Excimer Laser. The speed and precision of these lasers minimize the potential for complications while the superior tracking capabilities ensure a fully customized procedure.

Preparing For LASIK

If you regularly wear contact lenses, Dr. Chang may advise you to switch to glasses for a period of time before your surgery in order to obtain accurate measurements of your cornea. Prior to your LASIK consultation, please follow these timelines to remove your contact lenses:

  • Soft Lenses – remove 1 week prior to consultation
  • Toric Soft Lenses – remove 2 weeks prior to consultation
  • Hard/Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses – remove 3+ weeks prior to consultation


What to Expect During LASIK Surgery

While the actual LASIK procedure can be completed as quickly as 10 minutes, you should expect to spend about two hours in our Albuquerque office on the day of your surgery. Once you check in for your appointment, you’ll have an opportunity to ask any last minute questions and a member of our team will take the time to review post-operative care instructions with you. You will not be able to drive yourself home after your LASIK procedure, so be sure to make transportation arrangements for the day of your laser vision correction surgery.

As you are prepared for LASIK surgery, you will be given a sedative medication, such as Valium, to help you relax for your procedure. Numbing eye drops will be administered to ensure your comfort. The actual procedure will be relatively quick and painless. Learn more about how LASIK works.

Once your LASIK surgery is complete, you will rest in our recovery area for about 20 to 30 minutes. Dr. Chang will examine your eyes and clear you to go home. You will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment to check your progress.

Your LASIK Recovery

After your vision correction procedure, plan to devote the rest of your surgery day to rest. Rest your eyes by keeping them closed for the first 2 to 3 hours after surgery. You may feel some discomfort during this initial recovery period. It is normal to experience mild irritation, a gritty feeling, or tearing. Over the counter pain, medication can relieve some discomfort and you can call us if you have any questions about your recovery.

Patients are typically able to resume regular activities and return to work within 24 to 48 hours of LASIK surgery. Patients often notice improved vision almost immediately and may have 20/20 vision by the next day. It is important to follow all of the post-operative instructions and contact us with any questions.

The Do's and Don'ts of LASIK Recovery


  • Rest, take it easy and avoid strenous activities
  • Wear protective goggles as instructed, and sunglasses when outside
  • Contact Bernistky Vision with any questions
  • Use antibotics and steriod eye drops as instructed for one week and artificial tears as needed


  • Don’t wear any eye makeup for at least 72 hours after surgery
  • Don’t rub your eyes for at least two weeks after surgery
  • Don’t swim or go in a hot tub for one month after surgery
  • Don’t participate in contact sports until you are cleared by our LASIK specialists

Contact Bernitsky Vision for LASIK in Albuquerque

If you’re considering LASIK, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chang. We offer a range of vision correction procedures in addition to LASIK and we can help you determine the best vision treatment for your individual needs. Contact us with any questions about the process for laser vision correction or to schedule an appointment.

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