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Day of Surgery

The big day is here, and you have butterflies in your stomach. You’re dressed comfortably and you’ve had something to eat. You arrive 1 hour before your scheduled surgery time and check in, where you will be asked to complete a patient information form. A Surgical Counsellor will then review your consent form with you and go over your post-operative instructions and medications. You will complete some additional medical forms and finalize your payment.

A detailed activity schedule is provided for you, and if you wish, you may request a mild sedative to calm your nerves.

Your prescription will be verified by at least two different examiners (usually 3), and then you are escorted into the operating room where you will spend about 10-15 minutes.

LASIK

If you are having LASIK surgery, anesthetic drops will be administered to your eyes prior to commencing surgery. The surgeon begins by using a lid speculum to gently hold your eyelids open, a suction ring is then placed onto the eye, at which time you will feel pressure and your vision will dim. You will hear the microkeratome pass over the eye, then the pressure will be released and your vision will return. The eye tracker is locked, and the flap is lifted.

Laser time will vary from 30 seconds to 1 minute, during which time you will hear the laser as the cornea is re-shaped. The removed cells are gently flushed from the area and the flap is repositioned and will immediately begin to adhere to the cornea. Once the second eye is treated and your surgery is complete, you will relax in the recovery room for 15-20 minutes.

The surgeon will take one last look at your eyes and then you are released from the clinic. Your day of surgery should be a day of rest and we recommend that you stay awake for 4 to 6 hours after surgery.

After LASIK surgery you may experience a burning, irritated feeling which lasts approximately 4 hours.

The morning after you will notice an amazing improvement in your vision. You will come back to the clinic for your first post-operative visit so we can ensure you are healing properly.

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PRK

If you are having PRK, anesthetic drops will be administered to your eyes prior to commencing surgery. The surgeon begins by using a lid speculum to gently hold your eyelids open. A ring is placed on the eye, and drops will be inserted. The epithelial cells are wiped away, and once the eye tracker is locked, the laser will begin. Laser time will vary from 30 seconds to 1 minute, during which time you will hear the laser as the cornea is re-shaped. The removed cells are gently flushed from the area, and a contact lens is inserted onto the eye. Once the second eye is treated, you will relax in the recovery room for 15-20 minutes.

The surgeon will take one last look at your eyes and then you will be released from the clinic. It is recommended that the day of surgery be a day of rest.

After PRK surgery you will likely experience some blurry vision, light sensitively and mild irritation for approximately one week.

You will come back to the clinic the following morning for your first post-operative visit so we can ensure you are healing properly.

Congratulations on your new vision!