What Can You Expect on the Actual Day of LASIK Eye Surgery?
One of the most common feelings that a patient experiences before any surgery is anxiety. It may ease anxiety to speak one on one with your doctor and surgeon, they can walk you through the process. Talking with the professionals is one of the best ways to be prepared. The following is a general step-by-step guide to the LASIK eye surgery procedure:
Step 1 – numbing eye drops will be applied to avoid discomfort during the laser eye surgery.
Step 2 – the doctor will ask you to lie down and then position your eye directly below the laser. To help keep your eyelids open, a kind of retainer is placed under your eyelids.
Step 3 – the cornea will be marked by the surgeon using an ink marker before the flap is made.
Step 4 – the flap is created by using a femtosecond laser or a microkeratome. Flap quality is ensured as there will be a suction ring attached to your cornea to prevent movements in the eyes or loss of contact.
Step 5 – a special computer will be used by the surgeon to adjust the excimer laser in your particular prescription.
Step 6 – the laser sends light pulses to your cornea while you look at a target light with the surgeon observing your eyes through a microscope.
Step 7 – the laser light pulses continue to work to painless reshape your cornea. While the laser is operating, you may smell a whiff of mild odor and can hear a steady clicking sound which is both normal.
Step 8 – the surgeon turns off the laser once he feels that the laser light pulses has successfully reshaped the cornea. The surgery time depends on your prescription as high prescriptions require longer time.