What Happens to Your Eyes During a LASIK Surgery?

The eyes are a very delicate part of the body. In surgical operations involving the eyes, surgeons carefully handle the eye so that it will not experience any uneasiness during the operation.

Before the operation, numbing drops are placed on the eyes to prevent itchiness or other forms of discomfort. Some doctors also give their patients with medicines to relax them.

During the operation, your eyes will be placed under the laser. In the entire procedure, you need to open your eyes hence an instrument called the lid speculum will keep your eyelid from shutting.

The next thing the surgeon will do is to create a flap on your cornea but before doing it, he marks a spot on your cornea. Eye movement could not be prevented in operations such as this. To prevent the movement of the patient’s eye, the surgeon places a suction ring to the front of the eye. Movements should be minimized so as not to affect the quality of the flap.

After the flap is created, the excimer laser is readied and is adjusted to suit your prescription. The surgeon adjusts the excimer laser through the help of a computer. He will then ask you to focus on a light for a short while. The doctor will carefully watch your eyes in a microscope while the excimer laser sends pulses of light to your eye’s cornea. The light pulses sent off by the laser reshape the cornea without any pain.

LASIK surgery is performed separately for every eye.

After the LASIK surgery

After the procedure, the patient usually feels an itching or burning sensation. This is a normal response to the surgery. The surgeon will then conduct a post operative exam which will only take a few minutes. Afterwards, the patient can now head home.

The patient will experience a hazy or blurry vision immediately after the operation. Vision is expected to clear the following day. The patient’s eyesight is expected to stabilize after a few more days and in rare cases, a few weeks.
It is recommended that after the surgery, you should avoid strenuous work and exercises for a week. Involving in rigorous activities will strain your eyes and impair fast recovery.