LASIK treatment. Also, your eye area will be disinfected with an antiseptic solution and numbing eye
drops will be applied to the eyes to ensure maximal comfort during LASIK.
Once you have been prepped, you are ready to head into the LASIK laser suite. You will be lying down on
a cushioned surgical bed with an ergonomically contoured headrest that comfortably cradles your head
and neck, which helps to reduce your potential head movements during the brief duration of LASIK
surgery. If needed, your surgeon may also gently hold your head in the desired position to help keep your
head steady during the procedure. Don't worry, however, our lasers have tracking systems so that if your
eye moves the laser will follow your eye.
Numbing eye drops that were applied to your eyes before LASIK will both make the procedure
comfortable and decrease your urge to blink. In case you still feel unsure about keeping your eyelids clear
of the LASIK treatment area, the lids of the treated eye will be supported and kept open by a small
ophthalmic device ("speculum") - it does not cause pain but may cause mild sensation of pressure
You will have one eye covered at a time - patching the fellow eye helps the treatment eye to better
maintain fixation under laser. Your surgeon will be monitoring your eye movement with surgical
microscopes attached to the laser treatment station. Once he ascertains that the treatment eye is in an
ideal position, you'll be asked to focus on a colored target light. The target light is not the laser
responsible for correcting your vision, it simply helps you to maintain the direction of your gaze during a
Once you fixate at the target light, your surgeon will gently prompt you prior to initiating planned LASIK
treatment. The programmed laser sequences, based on the measurement data gathered at your
pre-operative exam, will gently reshape your cornea to achieve vision correction.
During this treatment process, you will be aware of new smells and sounds originated from or caused by
the operating laser. The excimer laser pulses do not lead to significant rise in tissue temperature (ie, this
laser does NOT lead to thermal burn); however, LASIK tissue reshaping process is expected to release a
scent that is similar to a singed hair, which is what you smell during this very quick procedure.
Additionally, as part of the expected LASIK treatment course, you can also expect temporary diming in
your vision and fluctuating degrees of visual blur while under the laser.
Does Eye Movements Interfere with LASIK?