LASIK provides individual treatment by gathering measurements that map out thousands of data points specific to your eye. This data is then applied to the excimer laser as it reshapes the cornea to your unique measurements. Results have shown that customizing the procedure can improve night vision and produce results that are even better than can be achieved with glasses or contact lenses.
In the past, a mechanical device using a blade made the corneal flap. But today, we offer our patients ALL LASER LASIK using a femtosecond laser to make the flap, thereby adding a higher level of safety and precision to the procedure. In seconds, with a computer precision and high-speed delivery, the femtosecond laser delivers over a million tiny, micron-sized bubbles that gently separates the layers of corneal tissue and creates a customized 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 mechanical approach.
It takes only seconds to treat a lifetime of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Find out if you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure by calling our office to schedule a personal consultation.
Before your LASIK surgery, your doctor will go through a more detailed explanation and make sure your are comfortable with all steps of the procedure.
- After your eye has been completely numbed using “eye drop” anesthesia, an eyelid holder will be placed between your eyelids to prevent you from blinking.
- Next, a protective flap is made with the femtosecond laser and folded to the side. During this process you may feel a little pressure, but no discomfort. You will be asked to look directly at a target light while the excimer laser reshapes the cornea, usually in less than a minute.
- The protective flap is folded back in place where it bonds securely without the need for stitches.
After LASIK, some patients report a slight discomfort that usually goes away within 12-24 hours.
LASIK surgery is done as an outpatient procedure with most people returning to their normal activities within one to three days.
In general, the ideal candidate for LASIK is:
- Over 18 years of age
- Has healthy corneas
- No significant increase in their prescription in the last 12 months before surgery
- People with certain medical conditions or women who are pregnant may not be good candidates for LASIK
The goal of LASIK is to reduce your dependence on corrective lenses.
The decision to have LASIK is an important one that ultimately, only you can make. It is important that you have realistic expectations and that your decision is based on facts, not hopes or misconceptions. LASIK does not always create 20/20 or even 20/40 vision. It cannot correct a condition known as presbyopia, or aging of the eye. In fact, people over 40 who have their distance vision improved with LASIK, may find they need reading glasses after the procedure. Your doctor will provide you with additional information that will allow you to make an informed decision.