This outpatient surgery takes 15 minutes. The patient is given a sedative before the operation and the anaesthesia is administered in the form of drops. The operation requires a surgical microscope. The centre of the cornea, the optical zone and the radial incision lines are marked with a dye. The incisions are then made with a calibrated diamond blade (Illustration 6). The procedure itself is painless. Once the effect of the anaesthetic has worn off, the eye operated on is often painful and tearful, slightly red and sensitive to light. Anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drops are applied for a week.
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