The LASIK Procedure
- Initial Consultation – Your doctor will perform a series of eye tests to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
- Before Surgery – Stop using make up, perfume or lotion the day before surgery to prevent infection.
- Anaesthesia – You’ll be given drops to numb your eyes.
- Ink Marks – Your surgeon will mark your eye to indicate where the corneal flap will be cut.
- Eye Retainer – A retainer is placed over the patient’s eyelids to keep them open.
- Suction Ring – A suction ring will be used to hold the eye still and to create enough pressure to firm up the eyes for laser cutting.
- Corneal Flap – Femtosecond laser is used to create a corneal flap to expose the inner corneal tissue.
- Tissue Removal – Excimer laser removes tissue under the flap to reshape the cornea. The outer corneal flap is then replaced.
- In minutes – Immediately after the procedure, your vision will be blurry.
- In 24 hours – A check-up will be scheduled.
- After 24 hours – Patients will experience clear vision 24 hours after surgery.
Do’s and Don’ts After LASIK Procedure
- Use sunglasses under sunny conditions
- Use the eye shield during sleeping and napping
- Stay away from crowded public places (after treatment) – best to stay at home
- No swimming or any water sports (4 weeks)
- Avoid soap or water getting into the eyes (7 days) – when washing your face, use a towel to clean and be gentle with the area around your eyes
- No eye rubbing/squeezing/pressing/massaging (7 days)
- No makeup or eye cream around the eyes (7 days)
- Avoid contact sport or any other hazardous activities (7 days)
- Avoid dusty, smoky or dirty environments as it may expose you to infections or allergens (7 days)
- Be wary of babies’ and children’s fingers (7 days)