LASIK has been used for years to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The procedure is known as laser vision correction and has been extremely successful at treating a wide range of visual disorders. LASIK surgery is performed in our state-of-the-art laser suite in Western Massachusetts.
LASIK is a two-step process. The first step is the flap creation. There are two methods of creating the flap. One method is to use a bladed device. This device contains a surgical blade, which glides across the surface of the eye and back. The flap is then lifted and the laser applied for treatment.
Dr. Balin also offers a laser as an option for creating the flap. The Intralase Femtosecond laser is a 100% blade-free approach to flap creation. The Intralase Femtosecond laser creates the flap by emitting ultrafast pulses of laser light into the cornea. The laser light passes harmlessly through the cornea creating rows of microscopic bubbles at a precise and uniform depth. These bubbles separate the corneal tissue and enable Dr. Balin to gently lift the flap for laser treatment. Because of the superior accuracy of Intralase, certain patients who were ineligible for LASIK may now be able to have the treatment.
Once the flap is created and lifted, Dr. Balin applies laser light to reshape the internal cornea with accuracy up to 0.25 microns. The flap is put back in its original place and bonds naturally within a few minutes. Since only the edge of the flap needs to heal, corrective vision is restored within 24 hours and there is less risk of corneal haze as with other methods.
The entire refractive surgery usually takes about 15-20 minutes with only 30-60 seconds of actual lasering. You will not experience any discomfort since numbing drops are applied to the eye prior to the surgery.
Immediately following LASIK refractive surgery, a clear eye shield will be placed on the eye to protect your new vision. Medications will be prescribed for the next several days. Since most patients experience little or no discomfort they usually return to work within a few days.
Remember that laser vision correction is not for everyone; please seek the advice of an experienced ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon on your personal eye care needs. Contact us today for a free LASIK refractive surgery consultation in Western Massachusetts in Northampton, Springfield, or Ware.