LASIK is an acronym for Laser in-situ Keratomileusis, and is one of the most commonly performed types of laser eye surgery. This procedure is safe, effective, and has very few side effects. LASIK eye surgery has helped millions of people see clearly without dependence of glasses or contact lenses. Below are some common questions and more information regarding LASIK surgery.
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How Does LASIK Work?
LASIK is a laser eye surgery procedure that can improve your vision and overall quality of life. This is a quick and comfortable vision correction procedure with an excellent track record of success. Proper pre-operative evaluations are critical to the success of this procedure for you. To schedule an appointment please call (888) 701-7487 or schedule an appointment here.
Bladeless LASIK Technology
In the past, the corneal flap was created by a mechanical device, which used a blade (microkeratome). Today, we offer our patients ALL LASER LASIK using the IntraLase femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap, thereby adding a higher level of safety and precision to the LASIK procedure. Using this blade-free LASIK procedure, the IntraLase laser delivers over millions of tiny, micron-sized bubbles that gently separate the layers of corneal tissue. This creates a customized corneal flap of the desired thickness, size, orientation, and location. This unprecedented level of control also allows more patients to qualify for LASIK and virtually eliminates many of the complications associated with the past mechanical approach.
Custom LASIK Technology
Until recently, LASIK treatments were strictly based on a patient’s optical prescription. They did not take into account that each patient’s eyes have a unique set of naturally occurring optical imperfections. This is known as “conventional LASIK”. Today, we can now treat patients according to the uniqueness of their eyes, not just their prescriptions. With Custom LASIK, we take more measurements and create a procedure that is more specific to your eye. It’s like having a suite custom-made for you, rather than buying one off the rack.
What Happens During LASIK?
These are the 4 main steps of the LASIK eye surgery process:
- Pre-Operative Eye Exam
- The Day of Surgery
During your initial free LASIK screening, we will thoroughly examine your eyes and perform comprehensive testing to make sure that LASIK eye surgery is the right procedure for you. A medical and eye history will be taken and several tests will be performed, including: dry eye testing, visual acuity and refractive error, screening visual field, pupil size in low & medium light, ocular pressure, general health of the eyes, corneal topography & corneal thickness.
What Happens After LASIK?
The protective layer of the cornea will remain intact after the LASIK surgery but patients will be required to use antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops for about a week. Additional eye drops will be suggested to minimize any dryness and increase comfort during the healing process. Patients are instructed to wear protective eye shields at night to prevent unconscious rubbing or bumping of your eyes.