You’re thinking about getting LASIK surgery, but first, you want to know what will happen during the procedure. You know that lasers are involved, but how does it all work? Once you know what to expect, you will have much more confidence in the procedure. Get the scoop so you will be ready to go under the laser.
Your Los Angeles eye surgeon will begin the process by placing numbing drops in your eyes. They will also give you a mild sedative to calm you down so you will remain relaxed during the procedure. Your surgeon will use a lid speculum to keep your eyes open during the surgery. The lid speculum will eliminate any worry of blinking during the procedure.
Your surgeon will use a microkeratome or femtosecond laser to begin the procedure. These devices are used to create a thin, circular flap on the surface of the cornea. The flap allows the surgeon to access the stroma. Your surgeon will then use an excimer laser to remove some of your corneal tissue. In preparation for your procedure, your surgeon will have measured the width of your cornea before surgery to ensure you have enough corneal tissue for the procedure. If your cornea is too thin, the surgery will put you at risk, so you won’t get approved for the procedure.
The surgeon has to remove small bits of the cornea in order to reshape it. This process actually improves your vision. The reshaped cornea is able to focus light more accurately, which allows you to see better.
Your surgeon will reshape the cornea based on the type of refractive error you have. If you are farsighted, you need a steeper cornea to see better. If you are nearsighted, your cornea needs to be flatter in order to improve your vision. Your doctor can also use the excimer laser to correct your astigmatism if needed. He or she will smooth out your cornea to treat astigmatism.
After your eye surgeon reshapes your cornea, he or she will put the corneal flap back in place. Then, your eye will start the healing process. It won’t take long for it to heal completely.
Right After the Surgery
You will relax for a bit immediately following your surgery. Then, you will go home, where you will take a nap. When you wake up, your eyes should feel close to normal, although they might be slightly scratchy. They will feel better as the day progresses, and you will probably notice improved vision immediately. However, your eyes will continue to change for the next several months, up to a year.
LASIK eye surgery is a relatively simple process. It takes around 10 minutes for the actual procedure, and the downtime is minimal. If you think this procedure is right for you, schedule a consultation with your UCLA eye surgeon in Los Angeles!