On the day of your procedure we have you arrive at The Burington Laser Eye Centre 30 minutes prior to your scheduled surgery. This gives us time to take care of paperwork and prepare your eyes for the procedure. You will be required to read and sign the consent form. Prior to surgery, we will give you mild sedative to relax you during surgery. iDesign measurement will be taken prior to surgery and it is important that you leave your contact lenses out for at least 14 days prior to surgery.
You will be taken to the surgical suite where a technician will administer anesthetic drops to numb the eye and prevent pain. You will also receive antibiotic drops to prevent infection and anti-inflammatory drops to reduce post-surgery discomfort. Our surgeon will then comfortably position you under the laser. The non-surgical eye is covered and the other is prepared for surgery. You will then be instructed to look at a flashing red light.
You will notice a slight sensation of pressure and your vision will go dark as the surgeons prepares the protective corneal flap. This will be followed by a clicking sound as the laser gently reshapes your cornea. Remarkably, the laser is applied to each eye for less than one minute for the average prescription. You will not experience any pain during your LASIK procedure.
Immediately after the procedure you will relax in our recovery room. When you are ready to leave, we will give you a post-procedure kit, which includes eye drops, medication to help you sleep, sunglasses and written instructions. Before you go home to relax, we will schedule a follow-up appointment for the next morning.
You may experience some discomfort after surgery. Symptoms may include burning, grittiness and tearing. Excessive tearing/watering is normal. Do not rub or touch your eyes. When you return the next morning the doctor will perform a brief examination to be sure everything is healing properly.
You may resume normal activities the day following your surgery with the exception of swimming, hot tubs or contact sports for two weeks.