This is the big day when your life will change. Family members are welcomed and encouraged to accompany patients during preoperative and postoperative consultations. After completing administration requirements, the patient will be taken to the preoperative area to be prepared for treatment.
The procedure itself will usually take 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the specific vision correction procedure. You’ll notice an immediate difference, and you’ll be given eye protection to help protect healing overnight. Most LASIK patients’ vision will be substantially improved overnight. We will check your eyes the next day, and then provide prescribed check-up procedures.
Read more for a full breakdown of the day and procedure…
In preparation for surgery, patients are dressed in a lint-free surgical gown, hat, and booties. A full explanation on what to expect during the procedure is given. If needed, or on request, patients can be given a medication for mild sedation.
As the patient lies on a bed antibiotic and anaesthetic drops are administered to the eye(s).
The opposite eye of the one being corrected is temporarily covered with a patch.
The surgeon centers and adjusts the Laser for a precise treatment.
A blade-free Intralase iFS Laser is performed on the eye to create a corneal flap – a process which covers the eye for around 14 seconds.
The surgeon expertly lifts and gently folds back the flap, ready for treatment. The patient is instructed to lock his/her gaze on the red light. The laser tracks even the smallest eye movements and reshapes the cornea in seconds.
The laser process emits a buzzing sound as it treats the corneal tissue.
On completion, the corneal flap is carefully placed back to its original position, where it adheres by itself, without stitches. The surface of the cornea is gently stroked with a wet surgical sponge.
The total LASIK procedure takes approximately 10 minutes per eye, after which the patient is ready to sit up, experience new vision, and walk to the recovery area. An examination of the treated eye is done after a few minutes. Plastic shields are taped over the eye for protection, which are removed the following morning, before visiting the clinic for a check-up.
On the day following the treatment we can usually clear patients for driving. Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops are used for the next three weeks, depending on the surgeon’s recommendation. Most people get back to their normal routine quickly – even going back to work just a couple of days after the procedure.