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What does the laser eye surgery procedure actually involve?

Although laser eye correction surgery involves complex medical technology, the procedure itself is remarkably straightforward. Indeed, most treatments are carried out in little over half an hour.

The procedure begins with anaesthetic drops being placed in the eye, before a special instrument is positioned to hold the eyelids open. It won't be possible to see out of the eye that is being treated, so you don't need to endure the uncomfortable feeling of instruments approaching your eye.

Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, a instrument called a microkeratome is used to create a very thin flap in your cornea. The flap is then opened to allow a computer controlled laser to shape the cornea underneath.

Once the desired effect has been achieved, the flap will then be repositioned to naturally bond to the rest of your cornea. No stitches are required.

Antibiotic eye drops will then be placed in your eye to help prevent infection. And that is basically it. You can then sit up and look around at the world in high definition for the first time.

Although the procedure is relatively simple, it still relies heavily on the skill of the eye surgeon to make the right calculations and adjustments. This is why it's important to use an experienced surgeon at a well regarded clinic. Small mistakes in the field of laser eye treatment can have much bigger consequences.

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