Your initial assessment
Using the latest diagnostic equipment, our highly trained Orthoptic staff will perform a number of tests which will assist Dr Genge in determining the right treatment for you.
Dr Genge will personally discuss your visual goals, review the investigations and conduct a thorough eye examination. Based on this, the safest and most effective treatment will be presented and carefully explained with ample opportunity to address any questions you may have.
Preparation for LASIK treatment
Should LASIK treatment be recommended for you, contact lenses should not be worn 2 weeks prior to treatment to ensure the treatment accuracy. Contact lenses can warp the shape of your cornea and can alter the treatment prescription.
Dr Genge will prescribe eye drops to be administered 4 times a day for the 3 days prior to treatment.
On the day of your procedure, please bring something warm to wear as the laser is in a climate-controlled room. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home following the procedure. No eye make-up should be worn on the day.
What happens during the treatment
You will be welcomed into the clinic by our reception staff and offered a green tea or glass of cold water as you settle into one of our comfy chairs. A mild sedative will be offered to help you relax. Your refraction will be confirmed prior to the treatment and in preparation for LASIK, local anaesthetic drops will be instilled so you will not feel the need to blink. You will need to wear blue surgical booties and cap before entering the refractive suite.
Our refractive treatment room purpose built for the Alcon Refractive Suite, which offers maximum ease and comfort to the patient. You will come in and lie comfortably on a bed that rotates between the two Lasers.
Firstly the Femtosecond laser is used to create a fine flap on the surface of the cornea. During this phase there is a mild pressure sensation when a suction ring is placed on the surface of the eye and the vision will grey out for about 20 seconds.
Once both flaps are created, the bed will slowly move from the Femtosecond laser, to the Excimer Laser. The corneal flap is elevated. There is only a slight sensation of movement whilst this is occurring and is completely comfortable.
The Excimer Laser is then used to make the treatment correction. Its beam locks onto the pupil to track any movement of the eye 10 times faster than it can move. You will be looking at a green flashing light as the laser treatment occurs. This part of treatment will only take a few seconds.
The flap is then gently repositioned and smoothed down over two minutes to ensure perfect smoothness and stability.
From the time you enter the refractive treatment room to the time you exit will be around 15 minutes in total.
Immediately after the treatment your vision will be somewhat blurred, similar to looking through a fine mist. We fit clear protective shields over both eyes and provide you with eye drops and analgesia. Initially your eyes will be mildly watery and irritated. This discomfort is comfortably controlled with the analgesia provided and resolves completely within 3 to 4 hours.
A follow up appointment for the morning is given and then we send you home to relax for the rest of the day.
The following morning on…
When you wake the day after surgery the shields can be removed and what you experience next is what we at Freedom Eye Laser refer to as ‘The Moment’ (link to experiences). The majority of people have vision equal to or sharper than 20/20. Your eyes will be comfortable and vision will continue to improve over the next day or so.
Medicated eye drops should be continued for 2 weeks to support a rapid recovery and lubricating drops should be continued for around 2 months.
It is advisable to avoid water in the eyes for a couple of days; swimming and intense exercise should be avoided for 2 weeks.
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