LASIK is the most commonly performed laser eye surgery to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. But how much do you know about Bladeless LASIK? Read on to learn more about this vision correction surgery and why you should consider it.
How does it work?
LASIK, which is short for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, works by reshaping the cornea, which is the clear front part of the eye. Bladeless LASIK uses targeted excimer laser beam energy to gently ablate corneal tissue to correct refractive errors and help patients see more clearly.
Bladeless LASIK is an outpatient procedure that takes only a few minutes to perform on each eye. While you will be given medicine to help you relax, you are awake and asked to focus on a point of light during the procedure. This keeps your eye fixed as the laser reshapes the cornea. Your eyes will have numbing drops, so you will feel no pain or discomfort.
What is recovery like?
LASIK is a popular treatment as there is minimal downtime and little to no discomfort after the procedure. After the procedure, you rest in the office for a short time before a trusted friend or family member drives you home. Once at home, you should rest for a few hours before returning to regular activities. Avoid strenuous activity for at least a week.
What should I expect for results?
Full results may take several months, but you’ll notice significant improvements to your vision immediately after the Bladeless LASIK procedure. Many patients achieve vision that is 20/20 or better, eliminating or reducing the need for glasses or contact lenses.
Am I a candidate?
During your thorough consultation and evaluation, Dr. Maehara will determine whether Bladeless LASIK is right for you or if you would benefit from another procedure. Good candidates are age 18 or older, have had stable vision for at least six months, has a healthy cornea that’s thick enough for a flap, and have treatable refractive errors. Patients also need to have realistic expectations for procedure outcomes.
Interested in learning whether Bladeless LASIK is right for you? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Maehara at Maehara Eye Surgery & Laser today by calling 808.955.3937.