The Procedure | Duchy Hospital, Cornwall

What happens during the procedure?

Before Your Procedure

After signing your consent form you will be given a sedative to help you relax. Anaesthetic and antibiotic drops will be placed in your eyes. We advise you wear something comfortable as there is no need to change your clothes.

The LASIK Procedure

Prior to each procedure to your eyes, the laser is calibrated and the microkeratome is sterilised, assembled and tested.

Topical anaesthetic drops are used to numb your eye and, after the area around the eye is cleaned and prepared, an eyelid holder is used to prevent you blinking. A microkeratome is then used to create the flap which hinges just under the eyelid; the vision goes dark at this stage.

The flap is then carefully lifted and the laser is used to reshape the inner cornea according to your individual prescription. When the treatment is completed, the flap will be replaced and allowed to dry. The flap adheres without the need for stitches and eye drops will be administered to prevent infection.

Glasses or protective shields will be used to prevent you inadvertently rubbing your eyes. You will then sit in the waiting area with your eyes closed.

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