Laser Eye Surgery Procedure
The laser eye surgery procedure is as follows:
- Anaesthetic drops applied to numb the eye.
- A sedative is given.
- Eye lid guard used to prevent blinking.
- The corneal flap is created, either using the blade-free Intralase laser (LASIK) or manually by using a weak alcohol solution to soften the upper epithelial cells which are then gently moved back with a blade (LASEK).
- The excimer laser uses your personalised treatment plan to reshape the corneal tissue.
- Throughout the procedure, the Advanced Control Eye-tracking (ACE) system guides the laser during the treatment by following and mirroring the movement of your eye.
- A protective soft contact lens is placed in each eye.
- Your specialist nurse will go through ANY precautions and medications that are needed to aid recovery.
- Your aftercare will begin the day after the LASIK procedure and 4 days after LASEK treatment.
On the day of treatment, every patient will be provided with goggles, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and hydrating drops, and will be advised when to use them.
Laser Eye Surgery Procedure: Your Recovery
It can take 24 to 48 hours to recover from LASIK treatment and a little longer for LASEK, taking 3 to 4 days. Most patients will experience dryness for a short while after treatment: this can last up to a month and is completely normal as the dryness experienced is part of the healing process of the eye.
Once a patient has undertaken treatment, they must attend their post-operative checks at regular intervals throughout the year to keep track of their recovery and visual improvement. These check-ups can be conducted at AVC or at one of our optometrist network partners.
Patients can usually start driving 2 to 3 days after LASIK treatment and 4 to 5 days for LASIK. However, this will be confirmed at your first post-operative check when your eyes are examined and the rate of healing is determined.
After treatment, you can return to normal life; however there are restrictions on certain activities. The more physically exertive the activity or if it is high risk, the longer you will have to wait (the longest amount of waiting time is six weeks after treatment).
A full list of any restrictions that may apply will be discussed at your consultation.