Step by Step Lasik
Step 1: Preparation
Your doctor will create a detailed surface map of your eye and the laser is calibrated and made ready. Anesthetic drops are applied in each eye to prep the patient for the LASIK procedure and to ensure the patient will experience no discomfort during laser eye surgery.
Step 2: Procedure
The patient will recline in a chair and look into a small, blinking light. The eye will be kept open using an instrument and the surgeon will quickly create a small 3-sided flap in the cornea using a microkeratome. The process takes around 10 seconds to complete.
The flap in the cornea is reflected back to the bed of the cornea is exposed. The cool beam of light from the laser is used to gently reshape the cornea, the rounding of the cornea is how the vision is corrected in the patient.
The flap is closed and acts as a natural bandage and protects where the laser eye surgery has taken place. The instrument holding the eye open is removed and the entire procedure will be over. The normal time for the entire procedure usually takes about 5 minutes in total.
Step 5: Recovery
A few minutes after the laser eye surgery, drops are placed in the eye. The patient will be able to blink but can not rub the eyes. Many patients report seeing the results of the laser eye surgery immediately. The doctor will prescribe lubricating drops for the eyes, as they will feel somewhat dry for the next few days. A ride should be pre-arranged- no motor vehicles are to be operated after the procedure. Most patients are home within 2 hours after surgery and seeing things with more clarity than ever.