During this consultation your surgeon will do a full eye examination as well as the necessary tests to ensure a safe and successful procedure. An OPD Topography Scan (Wavefront) will be scheduled, typically a day or two prior to your surgery. For this procedure your eyes will be dilated with special eye drops. We advise to bring a partner as your vision will be still blurry after the scan.
Day of Surgery
You will be checked in and a sedative may be offered to help you relax. You will then be prepared for surgery. The area around your eye will be cleaned.
Eye drops will be used to numb your eye.
The procedure is completely pain free!!
When your eye is completely numb, an eyelid holder will be placed between your eyelids to keep you from blinking during the procedure.
The doctor will create a hinged flap of thin corneal tissue with the aid of a microkeratome, and will gently fold the flap out of the way. During this process, you may feel a little pressure, but no pain. You will be asked to look directly at a target light while the laser reshapes your cornea. The Excimer laser will be programmed with the information gathered in your pre-operative examination.
The laser treatment will be completed in less than two minutes, depending on the amount of correction needed. Finally the protective layer will be folded back into place where it will heal without the need for stitches. After your procedure, your eye(s) will be examined with a slit lamp microscope.
Your vision will be a little blurry at first, so someone will need to drive you home. Approximately 4 to 8 hours of discomfort are to be expected.
Your eye will be a little sensitive towards sunlight – therefore please have a good quality pair of sunglasses with you.
One day after surgery, you will go to your surgeon for a standard examination. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities already.
You will also be given additional eye drops (prevention of infections and swelling of cornea) and your eyes may be shielded for protection. Your surgeon will give you exact instructions on how to use the eye drops correctly.
You may feel slight discomfort during the first couple of days after surgery such as dryness, a mild scratchy feeling or tearing of the eyes. Please avoid any rubbing of the eye.
The recovery process of your eye will be extremely fast.
For any additional questions, please contact our offices.