Most of the fear
related to any type of surgery lies in the unknown element of the
procedure. LASIK laser
eye surgery is no different than any other type of procedure. LASIK laser eye surgery is
actually a very simple process that can be explained easily.
You will sit down in
a reclining chair in a room specially designed for LASIK laser eye
surgery. There will be
a large machine with a microscope attached to it and a computer
screen as part of a laser system. The whole process should not
take more than 30 minutes to complete.
The first step your
doctor will take is to clean your eye and place a numbing drop of
liquid in it. With the
LASIK laser eye surgery now underway a ring will be placed around
the eye to create suction to the cornea. This will cause the first
discomfort of the surgery and blurred vision, but it will only be
While the suction
ring is still around your eye a cutting instrument, called
microkeratome, is used to cut a flap in your cornea. From this point on during
the LASIK laser eye surgery you will experience some fluctuating
During the evaluation
for LASIK laser eye surgery your doctor should have informed you
that you will need to be able to stare at a laser for 60 seconds or
more during the surgery.
You will do this after the tissue has been folded back and
dried out by the doctor during the procedure. The laser will direct your
eye to the spot that the surgical laser will use to perform the
this point LASIK laser eye surgery may take on an unexpected smell,
that of something burning.
This is probably because your eye is under the intense
scrutiny of the laser that is correcting your vision problems. Though the laser may make
some very human sounds (ticking) and smells (burning hair) it is
still a very controlled process.
The computer in the
room that is hooked up to the laser controls the amount of energy
delivered to your eye.
Some tissue will be vaporized and finally the flap of the
corneal tissue is put back in place, effectively ending LASIK laser
LASIK laser eye surgery is completed your doctor will supply you
with a shield or patch for your eye to prevent irritation. You will quickly realize how
many times your eye gets bumped or you involuntarily rub it when you
cannot do so. Wear the patch and save yourself