LASIK is the most frequently used procedure in the U.S. for laser vision correction. LASIK stands for Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. Most cases of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are correctable with the LASIK procedure. The complete procedure takes only a few minutes, and recovery is fast. You can expect to have little or no discomfort following LASIK.
LASIK is a two step process. The first step involves the creation of the corneal flap and the second step involves reshaping the cornea to correct your prescription.
At Davies Eye Center, we use a femtosecond laser which is a 100% blade-free approach of performing the first step of the LASIK procedure. This computer guided laser delivers rapid pulses of light, to a programmed depth and position to produce bubbles that connect to form the LASIK flap.
After gently lifting the corneal flap, the surgeon performs the second step by using the computer-guided excimer laser to precisely reshape the cornea. This step is accomplished with a wavefront guided or wavefront optimized laser to provide a custom vision correction that is unique to your eyes only.
Prior to the availability of the femtosecond laser, surgeons created the corneal flap with an instrument called a microkeratome, an oscillating, handheld steel blade. While still extremely effective, results show that Intralase is safer and produces visual results that are superior to traditional LASIK with a microkeratome. Many patients who were deemed ineligible for LASIK surgery with a microkeratome may be considered candidates for the LASIK procedure using this technology. This means if you were turned down as a candidate for LASIK several years ago, you may be a candidate with the newer technology.
Call Davies Eye Center to schedule a complimentary consultation to determine your candidacy for LASIK today!