Before your LASIK operation
The treatment itself lasts only 15 minutes, but you should allow an hour between your arrival at the center and your departure.
On arrival, we will offer you an anxiolytic and analgesic pre-medication to relax you. Then, after putting on a sterile operating robe, we enter the operating room for about 15 minutes. You lie on the ophthalmological chair, and we instil drops of anaesthetic in your eyes. There is no stinging, nor need for general anesthesia. Thanks to this local anesthesia, the treatment is perfectly painless.
During your LASIK operation
During your procedure, you lie on an ophthalmological chair. The first stage of treatment consists of preparing a thin corneal lenticule or ‘flap’ using the femtosecond laser. During this step, you will feel a little pressure on your eye for 20 seconds.
During this treatment, a stabilizing system ensures the accuracy and safety of the treatment. If, however, you move from your position, the laser stops, and we can resume at the point where it was interrupted, without any problem.
The treatment is applied successively on both eyes.
Then, the rotating chair places you under the excimer laser without you having to rise.
We place a ‘blepharostat’ (an eye speculum) between your eyelids to keep them open. Anesthesia removes the blinking reflex, so you will not want or need to close your eyelids during the treatment. We lift the flap and apply the excimer laser treatment to your cornea to reshape it, removing your optical defect. This step lasts 10 to 30 seconds per eye.
During the laser treatment, two infra-red security cameras monitor your eye to follow its small movements. If these movements are too great, a safety system instantly interrupts the treatment. This makes it possible to return to the procedure under the best conditions.
Finally, we replace the flap to its natural position, which concludes the operation.
We will perform a final check-up of your eyes under the microscope before your departure. Sunglasses will be given to you to protect your eyes when you return to your home.