Procedure

THE LASIK PROCEDURE

LASIK corrects vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by changing the shape of the outer layer of your eye (the cornea). Changing the shape of the cornea allows light entering the eye to be properly focused so that you see more clearly.

Including prep time, you will only spend about an hour in our office on the day of your LASIK surgery.

Your eye is numbed with anesthetic eye drops, and a special device called a speculum is used to hold your eye open. A suction ring is then placed over your eye.

  ADVANCED SURFACE ABLATION uses laser treatment on the surface of the cornea after removing surface cells ( called the epithelium) which then regrow. For the painless procedure of ASA, a drop of anesthetic is placed upon the eye followed by removal of the surface epithelium (cells) using the laser, alcohol, or brushing gently (or a combination of techniques). The Excimer laser then adjusts the focus of the eye to correct vision by changing the front curve on the cornea to be flatter for nearsightedness and steeper for farsightedness.

QUESTION


What if my eye moves during the procedure?

ANSWER


The VISX Star S4 laser has a 3D Active Trak. If your eye moves, the laser will quit firing, but continue to “track” until your eye comes back into position; then the laser will begin to fire again. The benefit to you as a patient is that you can relax while the laser follows the tiny movements of your eye.