During the procedure
Lie back and relax in a reclining chair. The laser system includes a large machine with a microscope attached to it and a computer screen.
A numbing drop will be placed in your eye to help hold your eyelids open. Look up at the red lights and your vision may briefly dim.
When your eye is in the correct position, Dr. Duplessie will start the laser. At this point in the surgery, the pulse of the laser makes a ticking sound. A computer controls the amount of laser delivered to your eye. Very quick and painless.
Immediately after the procedure, your eye may feel like there is something in it and your eyes may tear.
Your vision will blurry initially but it will be vastly improved the following morning. In addition, you may experience sensitivity to light, glare, starbursts or haloes around lights, or the whites of your eye may look red or bloodshot. These symptoms should improve considerably within the first few days after surgery.
In time, the post op result is similar in both procedures. LASIK is much more comfortable than PRK. Vision becomes crisper quicker, and patients feel more comfortable during the early post-operative period. It is just a fraction risker.