LASIK – Atlanta Vision Clinic
LASIK surgery works to greatly improve vision! Here are some key facts about the procedure:
- You remain awake during LASIK.
- Your eyes will be numbed with drops and, aside from a little pressure, you most likely won’t feel a thing during the procedure.
- Typically both eyes are treated during the same visit.
- The LASIK procedure is a walk-in/walk-out procedure, generally taking less than 10 minutes.
- Outcomes may vary.
Recently, new technological advances have made LASIK safer and more precise than ever before. This means less post-operative discomfort and much faster recovery times. Most patients notice vision improvement immediately. Dr. Ashraf at the Atlanta Vision Clinic will be glad to answer any and all questions you may have during your consultation.
STEP 1 – DIAGNOSTICS
In general, you must be in good overall health. You must also have a healthy cornea with no significant increase in your prescription in the past year. Several painless comprehensive tests will be performed in order to completely understand the entire condition of your eyes.
STEP 2 – THE PROTECTIVE FLAP
LASIK’s main advantage is in reshaping the corneal tissue (stroma) from the inside. This preserves the cornea’s sensitive top layer of cells. Formerly PRK reshaped the cornea by removing the actual surface tissue of the cornea.
(1) Dr. Ashraf first will completely numb your eye using an eye drop anesthesia.
(2) Next, an eyelid holder (speculum) will be placed over your eye to help prevent you from blinking.
Watch a video procedure of how the corneal flap is created by clicking on the video below. In order to watch the video, you must have Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download it.
(3) Lastly, an instrument called a microkeratome creates the protective corneal flap. While you may feel a little pressure during this step, you will feel no pain.
Watch a video procedure of how the corneal flap is folded by clicking on the video below. In order to watch the video, you must have Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download it.
STEP 3 – THE LASER
An Excimer Laser is an extremely precise laser that uses ultraviolet light to remove minute amounts of corneal tissue. Each pulse of the laser removes mere microns of tissue, far less than the thickness of a strand of your hair.
This cool-temperature light beam is extremely safe because each pulse causes virtually no damage to the surrounding tissue.
A very rapid and painless sequence of laser pulses completes the desired correction in a matter of seconds.
Watch a video of how the laser is applied by clicking on the video below. In order to watch the video, you must have Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download it.
STEP 4 – COMPLETION
Once the laser treatment is complete the protective corneal flap is carefully returned to its original position. The flap re-bonds naturally with its own tissue in minutes without the need for stitches. Dr. Ashraf may apply a bandage to the eye for a few minutes prior to final examination.
The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes per eye. Intermittent checks are made by the ophthalmic staff prior to your leaving the clinic.
Since the outermost layer of the cornea isn’t reshaped during LASIK as it is in PRK, there’s very little surface area to heal. This means greater comfort and a shorter recovery period.
Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops may be prescribed after LASIK surgery.
Watch a video showing the flap being returned by clicking on the video below. In order to watch the video, you must have Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download it.
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