All laser LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a safe, reliable and painless way to improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need to wear glasses or contact lenses. LASIK changes the way light is bent, or refracted, as it passes through the cornea so that it focuses properly on the retina and objects can be seen clearly.
IntraLase® is the first all-laser technique for making the corneal flap during step one of the LASIK procedure. Instead of using the traditional microkeratome (an oscillating, hand-guided blade), Dr. Chen, uses an IntraLase infrared beam to precisely create a microthin flap on the outer layer of the eye, also known as the cornea. IntraLase allows Dr. Chen to create a flap of exact diameter, depth, hinge location, and centration. The focused laser pulses divide tissue at the molecular level, without transferring heat or impacting the surrounding area. The result is a safe, personalized corneal flap.
Once the flap is created and lifted, an excimer laser beam reshapes the cornea's curvature to improve vision. The flap is then closed and covered with a protective contact lens.
The entire procedure takes only 10-15 minutes for both eyes, and patients are often ready to leave within an hour. The flap heals on its own within a few days with no need for stitches.
A common complaint after surgery is sensitivity to light, but this will subside. Antibiotic eye drops will be prescribed for a few days, along with any other post-operative instructions. Full recovery takes a few weeks.