The LASIK Procedure – Steps Involved
This is an outpatient procedure that usually takes 5-7 minutes per eye. The actual laser treatment usually takes a few seconds.
The Wavelight 500 Hz Laser that we use is one of the fastest safest laser eye treatments, treating one dioptre of power in about 1.3 seconds.
- First you will lie on the motorized bed.
- The eyes are anesthetized with eye drops only.
- The head is positioned under the laser.
- A soft clip keeps the eyelids gently and comfortably open during the treatment.
- You will be asked to look at a soothing green blinking light during the entire procedure.
During the treatment, an instrument called the microkeratome r a femtosecond laser (bladeless LASIK) creates a corneal flap to make it a painless procedure. The computerized Wavelight 500 Hz Excimer laser uses a beam of light to gently reshape the cornea so as to alter its curvature to the desired extent. The flap when replaced on the new corneal curvature allows images to be sharply focused on the retina. The goal is to eliminate or greatly reduce the dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
A post – procedure eye examination is performed and eye drops are prescribed. There may be mild discomfort for a few hours after the procedure.
An improvement in vision is noticed within 4-6 hours with restoration of functional vision by the next morning. However, complete recovery may take up to few weeks.
Some people get back to work the day after treatment. Two or three days are suggested. For a few days after LASIK, patients may experience slight blurred vision.
This is part of the healing process and this blurred vision usually clears up in a few days.
LASIK is a permanent treatment. However, patients who are 40 years and above, may require reading glasses.
During your consultation we will give you can an idea of the procedure and the level of vision you can expect.
Millions of patients worldwide and thousands with our doctor have had an Excimer laser refractive procedure done on them successfully.