Have you ever seen footage of lasik eye surgery? It can look a little scary with the eye propped open and a laser headed straight towards it. We all know that eyes are sensitive and thinking about anything, especially something as invasive as a laser, entering it seems frightening. If you are thinking about getting or are already scheduled to get lasik eye surgery, you can help mitigate some of the fear and worry by being prepared and knowing what to expect throughout the procedure. You can do this by talking extensively with your doctor beforehand, but the below process will also give you a clear idea of the steps involved in lasik surgery.
First, your lasik specialist will administer numbing drops into your eye. This will help to ensure that you do not feel any pain during any part of the procedure, including when your eyelid is propped open with a medical device or when the laser cuts into the eye. The numbing eye drops can take a quarter of an hour to go into effect fully, so you may have to wait around for a bit before your specialist starts the procedure. This may feel a little strange because your eyeball will be slowly losing sensation, but this is ultimately the best thing for it because it will prevent you from feeling pain.
Following the numbing drops, your ophthalmologist will set you up on the procedure table and prepare you for the procedure. This will include propping your eyelid open so that the specialist can get to it easily and without the danger of you blinking or obstructing their work in some way. Next, they will use a laser or very small scalpel to cut a flap into the cornea of your eye. The cornea is the clear, curved part of the eye that filters light into your pupil and helps your eye and brain to determine depth perception.
Once the flap has been cut, your ophthalmologist will use the laser to shave off some of your corneal tissue that is causing trouble to your vision. Vision trouble that can be corrected by lasik included astigmatism, near sighted vision and far sighted vision.
Once the corneal tissue has been removed, the doctor will put the flap back and it will immediately begin healing and re-incorporating itself into your eye. The doctor will probably put in eye drops and perhaps prescribe you some as well. You will not be able to drive after surgery so make sure you have a ride home. It is normal to feel a little bit of discomfort, but for the most part, your vision should be greatly improved in about a day.
Though the surgery only takes about a half hour and the healing only takes about 24 hours, it will provide you with a lifetime of better vision and less worries about your optical health and things like cataract surgery. Make sure to stay in touch with your doctor should you experience any complications post surgery, but most people report that their healing process and continued optical health is good.