LASIK in Melbourne practices does not involve general anaesthesia; however, a light sedative can be offered to particularly anxious or restless patients. The eye is numbed with topical eye drops for comfort and you will be asked to fixate on a target light to hold the eye steady.
The first step employs the use of a femtosecond laser to create a thin hinged flap of tissue from the surface of the cornea. This corneal flap is then gently moved to the side to allow the next laser, an excimer laser, to access the inner corneal layers for a process known as photoablation. The excimer laser is computer-guided to remove select areas of corneal tissue, reshaping this surface of the eye such that light is directed to focus to a sharp point on the retina. Once photoablation is complete, the corneal flap is replaced and allowed to self-seal. You will be given post-operative eye drop medications and care instructions.
After undergoing LASIK eye surgery, Melbourne residents and those from nearby suburbs will have several review appointments with our clinical team to ensure the eye is healing as it should. For clients travelling from rural communities, you may wish to be co-managed by your local optometrist who will remain in close contact with the ophthalmologists at Armadale Eye Clinic.