Proceeding with laser vision correction

Once a decision is made to proceed with laser vision correction, further testing may be performed. The laser is programmed with the patient’s refraction, and great care is taken to ensure its accuracy.

Day of Surgery.

In almost all cases, the procedure is performed on both eyes on the same day at the Melbourne Excimer Laser Group facility in East Melbourne. This facility has been an innovator in laser eye surgery in Victoria, with the first procedure performed in 1993.

The procedure will be explained again to complement the detailed assessment that will have already been undertaken in the clinic. This will also be an opportunity to address any further concerns or questions that may have arisen since the original consultation.

Numbing drops will be instilled and the immediate skin cleaned. 

For patients having the procedure bilaterally, the right eye procedure is performed first, followed by the left.

After the procedure you will be taken to an adjacent room where your surgery will be assessed, in particular, to confirm the flaps are sitting in the correct position. Typically no outside adhesion is required for the flaps to remain in place during the healing process, although a bandage contact lens may be necessary in rare cases.

After Surgery

Patients who undergo LASIK will be able to see clearly the very next day, although vision may continue to improve over a 3 to 6 months. The majority of patients report that their eyes feel normal the day after surgery, and most patients are able to return to work. Some patients may experience slight discomfort, often described as an “eye lash” in the eye. This is a normal side effect of LASIK and resolves in a few weeks.

Patients can expect to come in for a follow-up appointment 24 to 48 hours after LASIK.

The total healing time after LASIK is 3 to 6 months.