LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is a laser eye surgery that corrects refractive errors of the eye. It is performed by an Ophthalmologist. For many patients, LASIK can be a permanent solution to eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Conditions corrected by LASIK include:
Your candidacy must be determined through a consultation with our Optometrist. For more details on what is involved, we invite you to head over to our laser refractive surgery consultation page.
You will be awake during the procedure and are unlikely to feel any pain or discomfort during the surgery itself. Topical anesthesia is administered in the form of eye drops. It is uncommon to even be able to feel the device used to keep your eyelids open.
The surgeon will use an automated device, known as a microkeratome, to create a precisely thin corneal flap; this will temporarily blur your vision during the procedure. Your cornea will then be exposed by gently pulling the newly created flap back. A computer-controlled excimer laser is used to reshape your cornea tissue, thereby correcting the specific refractive eye error you have.
The corneal flap is then placed back using special instruments, naturally closing and beginning the healing process immediately. Both eyes are typically completed in less than 15 minutes.
Immediately after your LASIK procedure you can expect to experience minor itching or burning sensations, and you may feel like there is something in your eye. It is important that you do not rub your eyes as this may dislodge the flap. Both of your eyes may water and your vision will likely be a little blurry. The effects are temporary.
You will be prescribed antibacterial and steroid eye drops post surgery that you will apply for one week.
Improved vision within 24 hours can be expected for most patients. There will be several follow ups with your doctor post surgery to ensure you are healing properly.