LASIK Surgery Process

LASIK Step #1 – Creating the Flap

The first step in LASIK is the creation of a corneal flap.  Years ago, this was done manually using a microkeratome blade.  With advances in technology, this step is now done with a laser.  The WaveLight FS200 laser creates a precise, clear corneal flap in about 6 seconds, greatly reducing complications associated with a blade method. The FS200 performs the fastest flap creation available in the U.S. We integrate the FS200 and EX500 lasers in our WaveLight Refractive Suite laser system to create a totally comfortable and blade-free experience for all of our LASIK patients.

LASIK Step #2 – Custom Laser Treatment Applied

The second step in LASIK is reshaping the cornea with an advanced laser beam to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.  The WaveLight EX500 is the latest technology that provides wavefront optimized treatments in every case. It is the fastest laser available, producing excellent results, and significantly reducing side effects, such as night-time glare and halos, associated with older laser systems.

What happens during the procedure?

During LASIK, the eye is anesthetized with eye drops. Our experienced eye surgeon will use a laser to create a blade-free flap. The surgeon then lifts the flap back and applies the WaveLight EX500 laser to gently reshape the cornea.  The doctor returns the corneal flap to its original position where it self-seals and acts as a natural bandage. The actual procedure takes just five to ten minutes, but you should plan to be at the surgical center for around 1-1/2 – 2 hours.

What about recovery?

Recovery is different for everyone, but most LASIK patient’s are generally able to drive, work and resume regular daily activities within 24-48 hours after surgery. Many patient’s express surprise at how simple the recovery time was and how they wish they would have had LASIK surgery sooner!

What to Expect After Surgery

Although the recovery time is fairly quick after LASIK surgery, there are some important precautions and instructions you must follow to ensure proper healing. On the day of your surgery, one our patient counselors will review your drop schedule and instructions.

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