LASIK procedure day

On the day of your surgery

You may go through a range of emotions on surgery day — nervousness, excitement, curiosity. You may also have last-minute questions before surgery. Don't hesitate to ask our staff: they are happy to discuss any concerns you might have. If you are nervous, you may take a sedative before surgery to help you feel calm. (Prescriptions for sedatives are given at your pre-operative appointment.)

"I wasn't nervous or apprehensive: I was prepared to go through with it. I knew it was a simple process. I walked in, had the surgery and 15 minutes later I walked out and went to bed. I repressed the urge to remove the patches and look." - Ken B.

Reminders for surgery day:

  • Don't take medications that might make you drowsy. If you normally take prescription medication, check with us about whether to take it before or after the procedure.
  • Wear comfortable, casual clothing. You will not have to change for the surgery.
  • Eat a light meal before surgery -- it will make you feel more comfortable. (Be sure to avoid caffeine.)
  • Don't wear makeup, cologne or perfume.
  • Don't forget your sunglasses. Most people are quite light sensitive after surgery.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home.
  • Plan to be at the Casey Vision Correction Center for about 60 to 90 minutes.

Your surgery

Laser vision correction is a quick and painless procedure. You can expect to be in the laser suite for 15 to 60 minutes. In the laser suite, anaesthetic eye drops will be carefully instilled in your eye. These will numb the eye and relieve any potential discomfort.

33213_250pxBefore beginning the procedure, your doctor will review your chart and ensure that accurate data about your procedure is entered into the laser's computer. Your doctor will also coach you through all the steps of the surgery, such as helping you focus on a fixation light and preparing you to hear the sounds made by the laser. Once this has been completed, the doctor will separate your eyelids with a small, round "lid holder" device to keep you from blinking during surgery. Due to the numbing eye drops this is not uncomfortable.

After covering the untreated eye, your doctor will ask you to concentrate on the fixation light. A flap will be created using the Intralase FS laser. The flap is then folded back, exposing the central corneal tissue. This newly exposed corneal tissue is sculpted by the excimer laser, removing a predetermined amount of tissue. Once the surface has been reshaped, the doctor will carefully reposition the flap. The flap naturally adheres to the corneal tissue beneath it. You will not need any stitches.

Depending on the level of treatment you require, the laser application will last from 10 to 60 seconds. Your doctor will be fully in control of the laser at all times and, should the need arise, will be able to stop the laser immediately. When the laser is restarted, the computer resumes the treatment where it left off and the procedure is completed as if there were no interruption.

"The surgery was great. It wasn't painful. They were really good about explaining everything so I wasn't nervous at all."
- Daniel B.