Preparation for the surgery
Once your surgery is scheduled, you should go a few days before to the facilities of Barraquer Eye Hospital to have an eye exam and a series of preoperative tests. This will help decide the exact method of treatment for patients with myopia or hyperopia.
It is important to stop using contact lenses at least three or four weeks before as they can alter the results. Also, to prevent the growth of bacteria around the eyes, you should avoid wearing make-up for a few days.
Fasting is not strictly necessary before surgery. And you can take medication if you normally do so, although you should tell the nurse about it.
During the procedure
Your eye doctor will apply topical anaesthetic, meaning eye drops.
It is advisable to keep your eyes closed as much as possible before the intervention to avoid possible drying of the eyes.
Depending on the need, a mild oral/intravenous sedative may be administered.
Laser application only lasts a few seconds. During this time, you should try and keep your eyes fixed on a single point/light.
The only thing you will notice of the laser is the sound, as it is invisible and doesn’t cause a heating effect. With LASIK, you may feel a slight pressure as the surgeon cuts the corneal flap.
How long does laser eye surgery last?
The surgery lasts only a few minutes (from 10 to 15 minutes per eye).
It is important to remain calm and relaxed.
After 30 minutes, including a brief rest and the first postoperative examination, the patient can leave the clinic.
Is laser surgery painful?
The surgical procedure is brief and painless. It is an outpatient surgery without the need for a stay in the hospital.
You will immediately return home after surgery.