PreOp Patient Education
Sunday, September 20, 2020

Audio Presentation

Lasik

Laser Eye Surgery


Your Procedure
  Your Body
  Alternatives
  Medical Record
  Anesthesia
  Before Surgery
  Your Procedure
  Recovery
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Now it's time to talk about the actual procedure your doctor has recommended for you.

On the day of your operation,
On the day of your operation,
you will be asked to put on a surgical gown.
you will be asked to put on a surgical gown.
You may receive a sedative by mouth
You may receive a sedative by mouth
and an intravenous line may be put in.
and an intravenous line may be put in.
You will then be transferred to the operating table.
You will then be transferred to the operating table.
and you'll be given an anesthetic in the form of eye drops ...
and you'll be given an anesthetic in the form of eye drops ...
and a suction ring will be placed on the eye ...
and a suction ring will be placed on the eye ...
to prevent movement and to maintain pressure within the eye.
to prevent movement and to maintain pressure within the eye.
When the operative field is numb, the doctor will use an automated microsurgical instrument called a microkeratome.
When the operative field is numb, the doctor will use an automated microsurgical instrument called a microkeratome.
This tiny instrument will carefully create a thin corneal flap ...
This tiny instrument will carefully create a thin corneal flap ...
which remains hinged to the eye.
which remains hinged to the eye.
Underneath this flap the inner layer of the cornea, called the stroma, is exposed.
Underneath this flap the inner layer of the cornea, called the stroma, is exposed.
Next, your doctor will use a computer to control pulses of cool laser light. These pulses will delicately remove microscopically thin layers of cells from the stroma
Next, your doctor will use a computer to control pulses of cool laser light. These pulses will delicately remove microscopically thin layers of cells from the stroma
By removing tissue in this manner, your doctor will tailor the new shape of your cornea according to the exact nature of your vision problem. The entire procedure usually takes about 5 minutes and is painless.
By removing tissue in this manner, your doctor will tailor the new shape of your cornea according to the exact nature of your vision problem. The entire procedure usually takes about 5 minutes and is painless.
The corneal flap is then closed and the surface is rinsed.
The corneal flap is then closed and the surface is rinsed.
Following surgery, you'll be given protective contact lenses to wear for a few days while the corneal flap heals.
Following surgery, you'll be given protective contact lenses to wear for a few days while the corneal flap heals.

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