WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS DURING SURGERY:  During LASIK, an instrument called a femtosecond or microkeratome laser is used to cut a thin flap in the cornea.  The cornea is then peeled back and the underlying corneal tissue is reshaped using another laser.  After the cornea is reshaped, the cornea flap is put back in place and the surgery is complete.  The patient is under local anesthesia in the form of eye drops and usually takes about ten minutes.  Sometimes, patients can request mild sedation.  After the surgery, patients’ eyes will be dry even though they do not feel like they are.  The doctor will give prescription eye drops to prevent infection and inflammation and eye drops to keep the eyes moist.  Healing after LASIK is usually rapid.  Vision could be hazy and blurry for the first day, but most patients notice improved vision within a few days after surgery.  (Source: www.webmd.com)

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Sheri Rowen, MD, FACS

Directory of Ophthalmology, Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Maryland