Step 1: Removal of the epithelium
We take this step by using a scarifier, a brush or alcohol. It lasts a few seconds and is painless because your eyes are numb.
Step 2: Reshaping the cornea
The second step is refractive and corresponds to the corneal remodelling (or photoablation) with the EXCIMER laser. This remodelling is entirely painless but can cause a particular odour due to the evaporation of the corneal tissue. The duration depends on the degree of ametropia to be corrected, but the photoablation does not exceed 1 minute.
Throughout the duration of the laser treatment, you must stare at a light spot. Doing so is not difficult. However, if you stop staring, a safety device (eye-tracker) servo-controlling the laser beam flies into action and will follow the movements of the eyeball or interrupt the treatment if the deviation is too significant.
After the procedure, we place a bandage contact lens that acts as a dressing on the treated area. You must wear the contact lens day and night. Unlike with LASIK or SMILE, you will most likely feel some discomfort for a few days after the procedure as the eye heals. We remove it as soon as the discomfort eases between the 3rd and 4th day.
Once the procedure is over, you’ll have blurry vision for a few hours, but you can move without difficulty. You’ll be able to blink regularly, but we advise you to keep your eyes closed for some time after the procedure. We recommend you wear special goggles until you no longer feel any discomfort.
Your stay in the clinic will not exceed 1 hour. You can go home by private car or taxi, but you cannot drive because of the visual fog. It is better but not necessary to leave the clinic accompanied.
An ocular discomfort with the sensation of “sand in the eye”, accompanied by a more or less abundant tearing and dazzling in the light, appears one hour after the procedure.
This sensation lasts about three days, and many patients feel it most in the first 24 hours. During this period, it is best to close your eyes and avoid too much light.
You can resume work after 4 to 5 days provided you do not work in a dusty environment. Your vision can be blurry for a week. Work stoppages are not possible for this surgery because the government considers it a comfort surgery not supported by Social Security. A postoperative consultation is necessary for the days following the surgery.
Surgery for myopia, astigmatism, presbyopia, and hyperopia using the EXCIMER laser is accurate, effective and safe. After the surgery, 98% of patients can lead a fully spectacle-free life after the procedure. Postoperative vision is usually comparable to preoperative corrected vision with glasses or contact lenses.
The degree of satisfaction of the operated patients is close to 100%. Naturally, your happiness will depend on the quality of the surgical procedure and the expertise of the surgeon. Vision recovery requires 12 to 24 hours which allows you to resume your normal activities the day after the procedure.
Screen work does not pose a particular problem, and you are free to engage in it. After the procedure, your vision will be different, and it takes a few weeks to stabilise. During this period your near vision can be temporarily disturbed.
- Do not rub your eyes
- Do not remove the bandage contact lenses before 3 days unless we advise you to do so
- In case of tearing, which can be frequent in the immediate postoperative period, wipe your eye with a clean compress, without touching the eye
Wear the protective eye shields we provide for three nights after the procedure
- Begin eye drops on the day of the procedure according to the prescription we give you and for the duration and dosages we prescribe
Post-operatively, in case you experience eye pain, or even discomfort, immediately take a relaxing medication or analgesic. If, the symptoms reappear, consult with us quickly
- Do not make any important decisions while under the influence of a tranquillizer
- Showering and shampooing are possible the day after the surgery provided you take the necessary precautions not to rub your eyes
- Resuming work the day after the operation is possible unless the activities of your job involve danger to the eye
- Avoid contact sports for 1 to 3 months. You can resume swimming with your head underwater after 3 weeks
- Do not forget to attend aftercare appointments
- The final definitive glass to prescribe on your eyeglass frames will be only after a few weeks
- Remember to change the details of the driving license
- Tell your treating ophthalmologist that you have had surgery
- Get monitored annually by an ophthalmologist