LASIK is a two-step procedure involving two different lasers. Both steps are painless and highly effective, so there’s no need to feel nervous. Even if you are a little worried, our friendly, highly trained team will make sure you feel completely at ease before, during and after your procedure.
We will ask you to lie on the treatment bed, positioned between the two laser machines. We will administer anaesthetic drops to numb the eyes. We cover the fellow eye lightly with a gauze pad. We then place a special device between the eyelids and the eye to prevent blinking and keep the eye in the correct position during this first part of the surgery.
We will ask you to look at a light, which will be above you. You will not feel anything, and there will be no noise or smell. It takes approximately 15 seconds for the laser to create the corneal flap. We then repeat these steps on the second eye.
We will then move the bed, positioning it beneath the excimer laser. We will administer more anaesthetic eye drops. We place a small device between the lids to keep them open. The surgeon will then use a special instrument to lift the corneal flap. We then apply an excimer laser to precisely reshape the surface of the eye. This laser will emit some ‘zapping’ sounds, and you may experience an unusual smell. The reshaping will take a few seconds only to correct the refractive error. Once finished, the corneal flap is smooth back into place, and this completes the treatment. We then repeat the process on the fellow eye.
It typically takes 10 minutes per eye to complete the LASIK procedure.
While you relax after the procedure, the surgeon will check your eyes, apply some more drops and place a transparent shield over each eye. You should leave them in place overnight and can remove them the following day. Once the shields have been applied you will be able to return home, and we advise you to rest for the remainder of the day.
You will need to start using post-operative drops the next day, following the removal of the eye shields. You will be required to attend for a follow-up check the next day.