First, you will undergo an eye exam with your doctor, who will evaluate your medical history as well as perform an eye exam to evaluate the shape of your cornea, pupil size, and other exam components that might impact your procedure. Make sure to let your doctor know if you are currently taking any medications, or if you have any allergies. If it is determined that you are a suitable candidate for LASIK corrective eye surgery, youll schedule an appointment for the surgery and will be advised to stop wearing contact lenses and switch to glasses about two weeks beforehand.
Before LASIK eye surgery, youll need to arrange for transportation to and from the office because the surgery results in temporary blurring of vision. You will be able to lie comfortably on your back on a reclining chair in the room containing the laser system. First, your doctor will apply numbing drops to your eye in order to minimize any discomfort during the procedure, and a speculum will be used to hold your eyelid open.
Depending on the technique used, a small flap may be cut on your cornea before the laser is positioned over your eye. Your doctor will ask you to focus your eyes on a specific spot while the laser removes small amounts of tissue to reshape the cornea. The entire procedure takes usually no longer than 30 minutes, and you will be given a shield or eye patch to wear for the rest of the day to protect the eye.