Modern LASIK is performed using 2 lasers. First, an ultra-fast femtosecond laser is used to create a thin protective layer called the LASIK flap on cornea (the front surface of the eye). The LASIK flap remains attached on one side. It is gently lifted and folded back. A second, laser called Excimer laser then reshape the underlying corneal tissue to correct your vision. The flap is then laid back to its original position which sticks in place spontaneously.
All laser vision correction procedures are performed using eye-drop anaesthetic which fully numb your eye and make the procedure pain less. A spring clip gently opens your eyes to allow you to blink safely during surgery. The actual laser part of the procedure only takes 2-3 minutes, but you will in be in unit for longer as we get you ready for the laser. You will go home after the procedure.
The LASIK Procedure
Flap is prepared
Tissue is removed
Flap is placed back in its original position...
...and adheres there on its own
Before your treatment
You’ll be seen by your surgeon who will review your clinical measurements, examine you and answer any additional questions that you may have.
Local anaesthetics eye drops will be instilled in the eyes to ensure they are completely numb and comfortable throughout the procedure.
3. First Laser
The femtosecond laser is used to create the flap.
4. Second laser
The flap is lifted, the Excimer laser reshapes your cornea and the flap is repositioned. It naturally re-attaches itself into position.
You’ll be taken to a rest room to relax with your eyes closed. The consultant surgeon will examine your eye 20 to 30 minutes later.
You’ll be given your post-surgery drops and instructions and a follow appointment up will be arranged for the next day.
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