What to Expect During LASIK Surgery
San Diego LASIK Surgery PROCEDURE
1. A low dose of Valium will be given prior to your procedure to help you relax.
2. A lid holder will be placed on the eye to prevent blinking. You may feel some slight discomfort but there should be no pain. You will not have to worry about keeping your eye open.
3. The first step to the procedure is making the flap. A ring will be applied to the eye. You may feel pressure Your vision may go dark for a few seconds. Flaps will be created on both eyes before proceeding with re-shaping the cornea.
4. The flap will then be lifted and the laser treatment will be applied to the cornea. The laser will make a tapping sound.
5. Dr. Pham will instruct you to “look at the blinking light”. Our laser has an excellent tracking system so your eye will be tracked even if you cannot hold your eyes still. There might be a distinct odor you smell during the laser treatment. This is just the gases from the laser and is completely normal.
6. The flap will then be repositioned, smoothed out and allowed to dry for a couple of minutes.
7. Your vision will be foggy the day of surgery, but the more you rest your eyes, the quicker the vision will clear up. The eyes will feel scratchy and you might have a burning sensation along with tearing for the remainder of the day. Red spots may appear on the sclera (white of the eye). These are completely normal and will disappear within 2-3 weeks.
8. After you leave the Laser room you will be taken back to the pre-operative area.
9. Dr. Pham will then briefly examine your eye(s) one more time to make sure the corneal flaps look good before you leave the surgery center.
10. You will go home and have a nice nap. When you wake up, your vision should improve greatly. Enjoy!
Step 6 - What happens after surgery?
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