What is the Day of LASIK Surgery Like? – Part Two
Upon arrival at our office, your eyes will be numbed with anesthetic eye drops and an eyelid holder will be positioned to keep your eyelids open during surgery. You will remain awake and comfortable throughout the procedure.
A laser is used to gently create a corneal flap. Dr. Blanton then folds this flap back to prepare the eye for the treatment. Based on preliminary measurements taken by Dr. Blanton during the pre–operative examination, a sophisticated computer program controls the amount of laser pulses needed to reshape the cornea. This portion of the procedure only lasts a few minutes.
Following the correction of the refractive error, the corneal flap will be folded back to its normal position.
What to Expect After Surgery
Immediately after your procedure, your vision may be a little blurry. This is normal. You should notice a significant improvement in your vision the morning following your procedure.
You may have some mild discomfort for a few hours after your procedure as the numbing drops wear off. Patients usually compare this to a dirty contact lens feeling. The best thing to do is to keep your eyes gently closed for a few hours following your procedure to reduce any discomfort.
It’s possible that you will also experience more tearing than usual, or a heightened sensitivity to light, but don’t be alarmed because these are common, temporary side effects of LASIK. To maximize the chances that you will avoid these side effects, we recommend resting your eyes as much as possible for the remainder of the day following your procedure.
LASIK recovery times are much faster than most other medical procedures, with almost all patients returning to normal activities the day after having their surgery.