On the day of laser eye surgery
Before surgery, arrange for transportation to and from your surgery and your first follow-up visit. On the day of surgery, your doctor may give you some medicine to make you relax. Because this medicine impairs your ability to drive and because your vision may be blurry, even if you don't drive make sure someone can bring you home after surgery.
During laser eye surgery
The surgery should take less than 30 minutes. You will lie on your back in a reclining chair in an exam room containing the laser system. The laser system includes a large machine with a microscope attached to it and a computer screen.
A numbing drop will be placed in your eye, the area around your eye will be cleaned, and an instrument called a lid speculum will be used to hold your eyelids open. A ring will be placed on your eye and very high pressures will be applied to create suction to the cornea. Your vision will dim while the suction ring is on and you may feel the pressure and experience some discomfort during this part of the procedure. The microkeratome, a cutting instrument, is attached to the suction ring. Your doctor will use the blade of the microkeratome to cut a flap in your cornea.
The microkeratome and the suction ring are then removed. You will be able to see, but you will experience fluctuating degrees of blurred vision during the rest of the procedure. The doctor will then lift the flap and fold it back on its hinge, and dry the exposed tissue.
The laser will be positioned over your eye and you will be asked to stare at a light. This is not the laser used to remove tissue from the cornea. This light is to help you keep your eye fixed on one spot once the laser comes on. NOTE: If you cannot stare at a fixed object for at least 60 seconds, you may not be a good candidate for this surgery.
When your eye is in the correct position, your doctor will start the laser. At this point in the surgery, you may become aware of new sounds and smells. The pulse of the laser makes a ticking sound. As the laser removes corneal tissue, some people have reported a smell similar to burning hair. A computer controls the amount of laser energy delivered to your eye. Before the start of surgery, your doctor will have programmed the computer to vaporize a particular amount of tissue based on the measurements taken at your initial evaluation. After the pulses of laser energy vaporize the corneal tissue, the flap is put back into position.
A shield should be placed over your eye at the end of the procedure as protection, since no stitches are used to hold the flap in place. It is important for you to wear this shield to prevent you from rubbing your eye and putting pressure on your eye while you sleep, and to protect your eye from accidentally being hit or poked until the flap has healed.
Laser Eye Surgery Guide Index:
- Intro to Laser Eye Surgery
- What is PRK laser eye surgery?
- What is LASIK laser eye surgery?
- What is Epi - LASIK laser eye surgery?
- What is Wavefront LASIK?
- What is LASEK eye surgery
- What is Intralase eye surgery
- Laser thermokeratoplasty
- What are eye refractive errors?
- Is laser eye surgery right for you?
- Laser eye surgery exclusion criteria
- Before laser eye surgery
- On the day of laser eye surgery
- After LASIK laser eye surgery
- Common symptoms after laser eye surgery
- Possible complications of laser eye surgery
- LASIK-specific laser eye surgery complications
- LASIK surgery checklist
- How much does Laser eye surgery cost?
- Pioneering laser treatment could prevent blindness
LASER EYE SURGRY GUIDE
- Laser Eye Surgery
- LASIK Eye Surgery
- Wavefront LASIK Eye Surgery
- EPI LASIK Eye Surgery
- IntraLase LASIK Eye Surgery
- Z-LASIK Eye Surgery
- PRK Eye Surgery
- LASEK Eye Surgery
- LTK Laser Eye Surgery
- PTK Eye Surgery
OTHER EYE SURGERY
- RK Eye Surgery
- AK Eye Surgery
- CK Eye Surgery
- CLE/RLE Eye Surgery
- INTACS Eye Surgery
- Cross Linking Eye Surgery
- Blended Vision Eye Surgery
- Lens Implants
- IOL Eye Surgery