What to expect on surgery day
Step one: You will need to arrive at the laser center about an hour prior to your procedure. Once we have checked you in, we may offer you a sedative to help you relax. We will then prepare you for surgery.
Step two: We will clean and sterilise the area around your eyes and apply a drape.
Step three: We will use anaesthetic eye drops to numb your eyes; we will not use injections or needles.
Step four: When your eye is completely numb, we will place an eyelid holder between your eyelids to keep you from blinking during the procedure.
Step five: Next, your doctor will remove the epithelium, a thin layer of protective skin that covers the cornea. You will be asked to look directly at a target light while the laser reshapes your cornea. The laser will be programmed with the information gathered in your pre-operative exam.
The laser treatment will be completed in less than a minute or two, depending on the amount of correction needed.
Step six: We then place a bandage contact lens on the eye for comfort and to facilitate the healing process.
Step seven: Following your procedure, we will examine your eye(s) with a slit lamp microscope.
Your vision may be blurry or hazy for one to five days. You will experience some discomfort as the epithelium heals and covers the treated area. We will prescribe you with eye drops and pain medication.
Most patients resume normal activities within three to five days. Excellent vision usually occurs within several weeks.