Patient pathway: LASIK procedure

Eye surgery is almost always done as a day procedure under local anaesthetic.

It is unnecessary to stay overnight but you will need to put aside half a day. You will lie flat and may have some sensation of the procedure, although this is not painful. You will feel Dr Connell resting his hand on your forehead and you will be able to communicate fully with him.

At the completion of the procedure you will be given some food, a cup of tea or coffee and allowed to travel home with your eye covered with a clear protective shield. You will need someone to accompany you. It is normal to have a foreign-body sensation, similar to sand in the eye. The eye will also water and tears will roll down the face. Paracetamol should be taken if there is any discomfort.