A standard lasik eyesight operations takes less than ten minutes. However, should complications arise, it can take much longer.
The operation begins with the application of numbing eye drops to reduce any feelings of discomfort. No anesthesia is used so you will be awake throughout the procedure. However, an oral sedative may be given should the patient wish.
You will then lie down directly under the laser. A retainer type device is placed under your eyelids to keep them open but this isn't as uncomfortable as it sounds.
You eye surgeon will then mark out the area of the cornea to create the required flap. He then uses a laser to create the flap which is then attached to your cornea with a suction ring to hold it in place.
Your lasik surgeon will then use the laser to reshape your cornea in a predetermined way to improve your vision. You will be asked to look at a target light whist while your surgeon watches the laser manipulate your eye through a microscope. The flap is folded back down when the laser has finished, and that is pretty much that.
You should feel very little discomfort during a lasik eye operation. You won't feel the sensation of having your eye cut or touched. However,the laser does make a clicking noise when in use, and you may smell a mild, burning smell during the procedure.
If you are having two eyes treated with lasik, your surgeon will begin working on your second eye immediately after finishing the first. However, some patients prefer to have their second eye treatment several days later.
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