How Does LASIK Work?

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If you are considering getting LASIK surgery it is good to know the ins and outs of the surgery itself. By contacting our experienced doctors at Utah Valley Eye Center in Provo we can answer any and all questions you may have about the procedure. Below we have provided a brief overview of what is being done during the LASIK surgery.


Before the surgery your ophthalmologist (eye doctor) will apply numbing drops by pulling down your bottom eye lid and inserting the drops. These drops take only seconds to start working and can last around 10 or 15 minutes. All you might be able to feel is the device that hold your eyelids open during the procedure but you won’t feel any pain.

The Flap

During the first part of the procedure the ophthalmologist will create a flap using a laser or a blade and then lift the flap to correct the vision. Your vision may blur during this process but that is completely normal. Again, you will not be able to feel any pain during this process.

Laser Reshaping

This is the process that does the most work and actually corrects your vision. Our surgeon uses an excimer laser to reshape the stroma layer of your cornea. The laser removes cells according to your unique prescription. All you have to do is look at a red or green light and the computer will track your eye movement and ensure precision. While you may not feel anything you may hear a clicking and smell an odor, which is completely normal.

Replacing the Flap

Our surgeon will then replace the flap lifted up earlier with special instruments and then give you eye drops to make sure your eyes stay moist. Your eyes immediately start to heal as the surgery finishes. In all a LASIK surgery will take half an hour or less depending on the procedure.


Now it is your turn. You are in charge of healing and taking care of your eyes after the procedure. Follow the doctor’s careful instructions and make sure to take all of the medications he prescribes. The better you take care of yourself, the faster you will heal. The experienced doctors at Utah Valley Eye Center in Provo will answer all of your LASIK surgery questions and help you to achieve the eyesight you have always wished for.

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