Eye drops will be placed in the eye prior to the procedure. Drops include an anesthetic to numb the eye and an antibiotic to prevent infection.
The laser is calibrated and programmed with your prescription before you enter the room.
It will take a few minutes to position you properly under the laser microscope.
The eye not being treated will be covered during the treatment.
In order to prevent your from blinking, a simple device known as an eyelid retainer is used. You will be instructed to look at a flashing light. During your treatment the surgeon will be describing in detail what is occurring.
There will be 2 parts to your treatment. During the first part you will feel a sensation of pressure and your vision will go quite dark. Your surgeon will monitor your eye through the microscope at all times.
In the second part you will hear a clicking sound as the laser alters the refractive curvature of your eye. The actual laser time depends on your correction but is typically less than 60 seconds.
Immediately Following your treatment
You will need to wait in our office approximately 30 minutes with your eyes closed before going home.
After the laser treatment, you will be given a post-operative kit containing drops to use. We will also call in or provide a written prescription for 2 prescriptions to obtain from your pharmacy.
You will have burning, stinging, tearing and the feeling that you do not want to open your eyes. These symptoms usually last around 4 hours after surgery. The best thing to do is to take a nap.