In the old days, laser eye surgeons performed LASIK using a blade and a specialized laser. Modern laser eye surgery, which is what we do at Memorial Eye Institute, involves two lasers.
Instead of using a blade, we use one laser to create an ultra-thin flap in the window of your eye – which we call the cornea. That may sound a little scary for some, but I assure you that you won’t see any instruments near your eyes and won’t feel a thing.
We raise that flap and then use a second laser to reshape the surface of the cornea to restore normal optics and normal focusing of the eye. Following that, we reposition the flap. The natural forces and processes of the eye seal the flap within a few hours.
By the next day following surgery, the vision of most patients becomes as good as it was with glasses and contact lenses before the surgery. The vision is typically extremely sharp and patients are able to resume normal life at that point in time.
In summary, LASIK eye surgery is a pain-free, low-risk surgery with a rapid recovery and is an extremely accurate way of correcting vision for most people.
To learn more about what to expect during a LASIK operation, or if another type of refractive surgery may be more appropriate, please book online for a free virtual vision assessment on our website today.