The LASIK Procedure

The LASIK Procedure 2018-09-10T11:54:51-04:00

The LASIK Procedure

The procedure itself is virtually painless and is performed in our own state of the art in-office Lasik Suite. There are no shots and no stitches! The complete process takes about 20 minutes for both eyes with actual laser times of about 30 seconds per eye.

During the Lasik procedure, depicted on the right, Dr. Carlin first creates a thin flap in the cornea, which he then lifts so that the excimer laser energy can be applied to reshape the bed and correct the vision. Previously, the flap was fashioned with a mechanical microkeratome which used a blade that glided across the cornea. The newest, safest and most advanced option is to create the flap using a special femtosecond laser instead of a blade.

Most people see significant improvement within hours and are generally able to drive the next day. The post-operative care is minimal and basically involves using eye drops for a few days.

Our Technology

We pride ourselves on using the latest, most up-to-date technology. Prior to your procedure, your eyes are evaluated with the smarter iDesign Refractive Studio which captures more data than ever before and creates a detailed picture of your eye’s unique imperfections and accurately plans a customized treatment just for you. Your 100% personalized Lasik procedure transfers the iDesign proprietary wavefront eye-mapping technology to the latest version of the VISX® Star S4 IR laser including ActiveTrak (the laser automatically centers on your eye and follows it during treatment0, and Variable Spot Scanning (the laser uses treatment spots of different sizes to optimize your treatment in the shortest time).

The VISX® laser has been preferred in the majority of Lasik procedures in America and has the longest and most stable track record. It has also received the widest approval for Blade Free treatments by the FDA.

1. Anesthetic drops are applied to the eye.
2. A femtosecond laser or microkeratome is used to create a thin flap which is lifted up but remains attached on one side.

3. The inner corneal layer is reshaped with the eximer laser.

4. The corneal flap is placed back.

5. The flap adheres naturally and securely.