LASIK Surgery

LASIK is a reliable, safe and painless way to improve your vision, removing the need for glasses or contacts. LASIK stands for "laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis. It is a form of refractive surgery that changes the way the light bends as it passes through the cornea. This enables light to focus properly on the retina and allows objects to be seen clearly. This procedure is performed on patients who have nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia), as well as those with astigmatism.

During the procedure, your doctor will use a device called a femtosecond laser (Intralase). This device creates a flap in the outer layer of the cornea. Before this happens, you will be given a topical anesthetic and a mild sedative so that they are awake but cannot feel the instruments. The flap is lifted and an excimer laser is used to adjust the curvature on the cornea so that objects no longer appear blurry. Depending on the individual shape of your eye, the necessary adjustments will be made. The flap is then closed, concluding the 15-30 minute procedure.

After the the procedure, you will be allowed to leave the office within an hour or two. The most common side effect directly after surgery is sensitivity to light, which will subside. Antibiotic eye drops will be prescribed to you, as well as some other post-operative care instructions. You should make a full recovery within a few weeks.