The Day of the Procedure February 16, 2001 at 4:34 PM EST - Updated July 12 at 2:45 AM What happens the day of the procedure? After your comprehensive exam, the day comes for you to have your procedure! The final checks for your custom laser treatment are reviewed. You will be given antibiotic and numbing eye drops. A mild sedative is also available if you desire. You are then positioned under the laser where you will see a red target light. A lid holder is used to gently open your eye to prevent blinking. The doctor will check to make sure your eye is numb and prepare the surface of the cornea. This preparation consists of marking the center of the cornea. Then, the surgeon will use an instrument called a microkeratome to create a "flap" before performing the laser treatment. Although you will be instructed to look at the red target light, the centering of the treatment is controlled by the surgeon. During the laser procedure, you will hear the clicking sound of the laser. There is no pain and this part of the treatment lasts anywhere from 10 to 60 seconds. At the conclusion of the laser treatment, you are examined by the surgeon, shields are placed over your eyes and you are ready to go home! After the procedure, you will be asked to keep your eyes closed for a few hours to facilitate healing. You will be placed on antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops for about one week. With LASIK, you will also wear a shield over your eyes when you sleep for a few weeks to protect your flap. Follow-up care is imperative. You will be seen at 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months for your post-operative visits. These are very important for your outcome.