Step 3:

The Surgery Day

The Surgery Day

Compared to your consultation, your treatment will feel very quick – we ensure all the hard work in assessment and scanning is of course carried out and checked thoroughly before you have surgery.

It is rather like making a movie, where the final result is fairly short, but built upon possibly several years of work. Laser eye surgery is the same, as it’s the work that has preceded the surgery day that is most important.

What happens on your surgery day?

Firstly you will be greeted by your patient care co-ordinator and will probably recognise many of the team from your consultation.

Your laser eye surgery day

You will then meet your surgeon again for a review and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may still have. The surgeon will carry out some final checks, review the latest scans taken that day, re-measure your prescription to ensure it is absolutely correct. Your doctor will explain what to expect immediately after the procedure.

You will be guided towards the laser suite and met by one of our technicians.

Here we go over what drops you will use post surgery and of course the ‘do’s and dont’s’ after your treatment. For example – no swimming for a month, making sure you wear eye shields for a week during your sleep, and so on. All of this is written down for you to take home. Our aftercare program ensures you are regularly monitored during the first year.

You are then prepared for surgery and taken into the laser suite where you lie on a comfortable flat bed. We administer some local anaesthetic to the eyes so you don’t feel anything and surgery takes only nine minutes in total. Your surgeon will be speaking to you throughout the procedure and it is all quite comfortable – people often say that a visit to the dentist is far worse!


After the treatment is finished, we take you to our recovery room where you can lie down, relax, have some tea or coffee and a snack, and rest for a while. When you’re ready, the team will let you return home and rest.


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