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On the day of treatment we ask that you arrive half an hour prior to your appointment. This will allow us time to go through all your paperwork, deal with your payment, consent form and also give you the opportunity to speak to your doctor again should you wish.
The procedure itself will last no more than 30 minutes if you are having both eyes treated. If you have a favourite CD please feel free to bring it along and we’ll play it for you in the treatment room.
The doctor will talk you through each stage of your treatment. First you will have to lie back on the treatment bed and have anaesthetic and antiseptic drops put into your eyes.
A drape is placed around your eye and then a clip is placed under your eyelids to prevent you from blinking. This feels a little odd but is not painful. The doctor will then prepare the surface of your eye depending on which method of treatment you are having; either LASIK or LASEK. You will be asked to look at a light to align you perfectly with the laser which will make a humming noise as it operates.
The lasering part of the procedure only takes a few seconds depending on your prescription. Don’t worry if you think you might move your eye. The laser is equipped with an eye tracker that compensates for any movements your eye makes. Once the laser has finished, the clip and drape are removed and more drops administered.
You will then be able to go and sit in the recovery room. If you have brought someone with you, they can also come and sit in the recovery room. You will rest here for approximately 30 minutes with your eyes gently closed.
The doctor will then examine your eyes and give you the eye drops that you need to take home.
The next day you will be re-examined and further regular checks are carried out over the following months as part of your aftercare service.