LASIK is an acronym that stands for Laser Assisted in-situ Keratomileusis. This means that an excimer laser is used to sculpt a glasses prescription onto the cornea. A flap is created on the cornea (which acts like a bandaid), which is lifted to expose the inner layer of the cornea. The custom laser treatment is applied to the inner layer of the cornea, and the flap is gently replaced.
Am I a candidate for LASIK?
- 20 years old
- Stable glasses prescription for at least 1 year
- Normal corneal shape and thickness
- Free of eye disease
How is LASIK done?
At LCC, we understand that you feel nervous about eye surgery, and are committed to making the LASIK process as easy and stress-free as possible for you. When you come to LCC on the day of surgery, you will be given 2 small tablets to help you feel more relaxed. The procedure takes about 20 minutes and is not painful. After the LASIK procedure is done, we will give you a package with the eye drops you need and clear written instructions. The nurse will give some frosted goggles to wear for the first day, and Dr. Lane will check your eyes himself the next day.
At LCC, all LASIK is performed using a “LASER ONLY, BLADE FREE” technique. This is a more accurate and safer technique using a femtosecond laser to make the LASIK flap. No microkeratome is used at LCC.
There are 2 parts to the procedure:
- Flap creation - you will feel some pressure as the flap is being made. This takes 30 seconds.
- Excimer laser treatment - the excimer laser treatment is completely painless. You will hear a buzzing noise, and see some water moving.