Up until 1995, people who were nearsighted, farsighted, or had astigmatism had only two available options for seeing clearly at distances, glasses or contact lenses. In 1995, the FDA approved the first Excimer Laser for performing Laser Eye Surgery to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
LASIK Surgery, a type of Laser Eye Surgery, is one of the most frequently performed surgeries of any type. It can eliminate the hassle of glasses or contacts with little, if any discomfort and yields a quick recovery. Dr. Miller performs the most advanced type of LASIK Eye Surgery, Blade Free LASIK.
The LASIK procedure creates a very thin flap of corneal tissue. The doctor then lifts that tissue to apply the laser energy, and the flap replaced without the need for stitches.
LASIK Eye Surgery is a two-step procedure
- Step 1: Dr. Miller creates a flap and the laser energy is applied under that flap. In the past, creating the flap was accomplished using a mechanical instrument called a Microkeratome. This instrument cut the corneal surface, and was very reliable. However, in order to provide the utmost in safety and efficacy, Dr. Miller creates LASIK flaps with the Intralase Femtosecond Laser. This means that your LASIK Surgery will be done completely Blade Free.
- Step 2: The second step is to carefully fold the flap over and allow the inner layer of the cornea to be visible, so the laser energy can be applied. The actual application of the laser vision correction can take 15-90 seconds depending on the amount of correction that you require.
About the Procedure
Calculations based on the results of your initial examination, your prescription, and other measurements will be programmed into a computer. As a result, the computer will monitor and control the actual application of the lasers. One of the key measurements we evaluate is the result of your Wavescan aberrometry measurement. Depending on the nature and severity of the correction you require, our doctors may elect to perform Custom Wavefront LASIK instead. This procedure still uses the Blade Free LASIK method in order to get you the best possible results.
The doctor then gently replaces the flap back into its original position. An advantage of Blade Free LASIK Surgery is that the shape of the edges of the flap are extremely precise. They have an actual “bevel” shape that facilitates the replacement of the flap into its initial position. Since the cornea is able to stick to itself, it will not be necessary to use sutures to hold it in place.
Upon completion of the laser application, we will have changed the curvature of your cornea so it will be the necessary shape to correct your vision.
Bladeless LASIK Eye Surgery has important advantages. It allows the healing and visual recovery process to be very quick for most patients. However, for a few days after your LASIK Eye Surgery, you will need to be careful not to rub or bump your eyes too much. You should expect to have a mild sandy or gritty sensation during the first day or so after your LASIK.
We will give you complete instructions regarding eye drops to facilitate the healing and visual recovery process. You need to follow these instructions very carefully.
You will need to return for your scheduled follow-up visits to check the healing process, regardless of how well you are doing. Feel free to discuss any concerns, questions, or thoughts about Bladeless LASIK, Custom Wavefront LASIK, or any Laser Eye Surgery. We will be happy to spend time reviewing any information about the LASIK procedure, what to expect on surgery day, follow-up care, fees, and affordable easy monthly payment plans that will fit into your budget.
We offer Complimentary Consultations for Blade Free LASIK in order to help determine if it is right for you.
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If you would like to learn more about our Blade Free LASIK procedure, please call The Eye Center at 303-777-5455 to schedule your free consultation.