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What exactaly happens in laser eye surgery. im contemplating

it but am so scared...
What exactaly happens in laser eye surgery. im contemplating it but am so scared as i have watched it being done on tv. How much can you feel and could i take anything to relax me a bit maybe? its the part where they put the slicer on your eye and cut the flap i hate the look of.
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They numb your eye so all you feel is a little pressure when the flap is made.....no pain at all.

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Yes, they can give you something to relax you a bit. Many doc's use a little bit of valium or something like it.

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In some laser centers the "slicer" as you so aptly called it :) has been replaced by either a laser or a high power water stream.....if you don't like the keratome you might think about going to one of the centers that doesn't use it. If you don't like the idea of a corneal flap at all you can have your laser vision correction done with PRK -- it came before lasik but is still a very good procedure, it just has more post op discomfort associated with it.

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