The Day Of LASIK Surgery

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On the day of your LASIK surgery, you may feel apprehensive.  This is completely normal. Just remember you have done your research and your surgeon has completed this operation successfully many times before. Eye corrective surgery takes place you are awake, but if you are overly nervous a mild sedative may be provided. Most surgeons will talk during the procedure to keep you updated about what is happening.

Make sure you have someone come with you or pick you up after the operation, because you wont be able to drive immediately. You should try to be rested and relaxed coming into the LASIK center. Wear comfortable clothing and do not wear makeup, cologne, or similar products. Before the procedure your face will be cleaned with a disinfectant wash and given antibiotic eye drops. You will also be asked to wear a surgical cap.

In the operating room you will be lying on your back. Anesthetic eye drops will be used to numb your eyes. An instrument will be used to hold your eye lids open and your eyelashes will be taped back. A suction ring will be placed on your eye to maintain pressure. Now the flap can be formed, which only takes about 30 seconds. You will be asked to focus on a light while the flap is lifted. Once the flap is lifted your eye sight will become blurry. You will have to remain focused on the light while the laser reshapes your eye. This usually takes about 30 seconds to a minute. Then your eyes will be washed with a saline solution to remove any debris. The corneal flap is placed back into position and it reseals itself in a few seconds.  The surgery is now complete!  You will probably be asked to relax with your eyes closed for about 30 minutes so the surgeon can do a final check of his work.