After placing anesthetic in your eye, an eyelid speculum will be placed to keep you from blinking. The thickness of your cornea will then be checked, and a water-soluble marker will be used to mark the cornea in order to guide the incision. Your eye will then be immobilized using suction, and the surgeon will proceed in one of two ways: cutting the corneal flap with a microkeratome, or cutting the flap with a laser (Intralase). Once the flap is cut, the suction is turned off, and the flap will be lifted to the side. Next, a computer program directs the laser treatment to re-shape your cornea. The flap is then replaced, and you are headed to recovery. The entire procedure usually takes less than 10-15 minutes. You will wear protective goggles for the remainder of the day, and your vision starts to improve in hours!
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