LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure intended to reduce a person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses. 100% Blade-Free LASIK brings together the science of the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Excimer Laser and the Intralase’s iFS® Laser along with the skill of the surgeon to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
How Is LASIK Performed?
First, your eye will be numbed with numbing eye drops. The surgeon will use utilize the most advanced femtosecond laser available, the Intralase’s iFS® to create a flap on the surface of the cornea. A suction ring will be placed on your eye just before creating the corneal flap. This suction may cause a feeling of pressure and your vision will go dim.
After the flap has been created, the surgeon will fold back the flap allowing access to the part of your cornea to be reshaped. Then a second laser, the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q laser is used to precisely reshape the curvature of your cornea’s surface. This computer-controlled, highly specialized laser delivers pulses of cool ultraviolet light that remove microscopic amounts of tissue in a precise pattern. The laser treatment lasts an average of 20 seconds depending on the amount of correction. Most people do not feel any discomfort, although you may feel some pressure on your eye. Your surgeon has full control of the laser and can turn it off at any time.
During the surgery, you’ll be asked to focus on a point of light. Staring at this light helps you keep your eye fixed while the laser reshapes your cornea. You may detect a distinct odor as the laser removes your corneal tissue. Some people describe smelling an odor similar to that of burning hair. After reshaping the cornea, the surgeon lays the flap back into place.
After surgery most patient notice a dramatic improvement in their eyesight almost immediately. Healing occurs quickly, discomfort after surgery typically only last a few hours. Rest is recommended for the first 24 hours and most people can return to work the following day.
Laser eye surgery offers numerous benefits and can dramatically improve your quality of life. Most people achieve 20/20 vision or better after the surgery. However, like any other medical procedure, there are risks involved. That’s why it is important for you to understand the limitations and possible complications of refractive surgery.