The thought of any medical procedure can be a bit intimidating, but knowing what to expect during LASIK surgery can help you decide if it is right for you. Here’s what you can expect on the day of the procedure.
LASIK procedures are performed while the patient is awake. To eliminate discomfort, you will be given drops to numb your eyes before the surgery. While your eyes are being numbed, a member of our team at Williamson Eye Institute will position you comfortably for the procedure. Using a device called a lid speculum, we will then gently prop your eyes open so they can be easily worked with.
Once you’ve been prepped for the procedure, your Williamson Eye Institute surgeon will get started. First, an instrument will be used to stabilize your eye during the procedure. Although your eyes will be numbed, it is still important to make sure there is no movement that can interrupt the surgery. When the device is applied, you might feel a little pressure.
In order to access the area of the cornea we need to work on during the procedure, a small corneal flap will be made using a femtosecond laser. The flap is then painlessly folded back and the laser is adjusted to your eye.
It is common to hear a clicking noise from the equipment as the laser starts working, and as the laser pulsates, it is common to feel a very mild pressure. The laser will work to sculpt and form your cornea according to your eyes’ unique prescription. Once finished, the corneal flap that was made is put back in place. The flap will stay in place on it’s own and will not need stitches or bandages. Each eye will be worked on separately, and the entire procedure should take no more than 30 minutes to complete.
Blurred vision and minor eye irritation are both things you should expect after LASIK, but the majority of people show improvement in clarity by the next day. Because of this, you will not be allowed to drive home from your appointment. Make sure you have a ride planned for after your procedure.
Your doctor may or may not prescribe eyedrops or other medication after the procedure. He or she will also give you important postoperative care instructions that you must follow to ensure proper healing.
Knowing what to expect during LASIK can make the procedure a little less scary. Be sure to contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about the process.
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