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    Laser Vision Correction

    The Day of Your Surgery

    LASIK is an outpatient procedure. Anesthetic eyedrops and a mild sedative are given. You will be awake during the procedure, but you should be quite comfortable.

    A special lid retractor is placed between your eyelids to prevent blinking during the procedure. A corneal flap is made with the microkeratome or laser. Your eye is aligned with the laser. You are instructed to look at a flashing light overhead. While you are looking at the light, the laser is reshaping your cornea. The laser reshaping takes about a minute. The corneal flap is then placed back in its original position. Since the cornea has a special bonding ability, sutures are not required. You will be given more eyedrops and an eyeshield. Antibiotic drops will be used to decrease the risk of infection. It is okay to take pain medication, but it is usually unnecessary.

    Some discomfort, such as scratchiness or grittiness may be experienced after the procedure. You will need someone to drive you home. Do not drive until your vision has cleared. Initially, it is important that you do not rub, push or squeeze your eye, since doing this could dislodge the corneal flap. The flap becomes very secure and well healed within a very few days. Wear protective eyewear and keep all follow-up appointments as instructed.

    Bladeless LASIK Technology

    The IntraLase Method is a 100% blade-free approach to creating your LASIK flap — the thin flap of tissue that the doctor creates to perform your LASIK procedure. The IntraLase Method can only be performed using the IntraLase Laser. Millions of procedures have been performed safely and effectively using the IntraLase Method. With the IntraLase Method, you can have a LASIK procedure that’s 100% blade free, exceptionally advanced, and has been shown to improve outcomes for more patients.

    With the IntraLase Method, tiny pulses of laser light, a quadrillionth of a second each, pass harmlessly through the outer portion of your cornea and form a uniform layer of microscopic bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye. The IntraLase flap creation process takes about 15 to 20 seconds per eye and a total of 10 minutes for the entire LASIK procedure. When it’s time for your LASIK treatment to be performed, your doctor easily lifts the flap to apply the LASIK treatment.

    The IntraLase Method also delivers outstanding results and has been shown to improve outcomes for more patients. In a clinical survey of LASIK patients who had their LASIK flaps created using a blade in one eye and the IntraLase Method in the other, the vision in the IntraLase-treated eye was preferred 3-to-1 (among those who stated a preference).


    The FS and iFS Laser systems are ophthalmic surgical lasers indicated for use in patients undergoing surgery or treatment requiring the initial lamellar resection of the cornea. Contraindications may include corneal edema, glaucoma, and keratoconus. Risks and complications may include corneal pain, flap tearing, and epithelial ingrowth. Consult with your eye care professional for a complete listing of contraindications and risks. U.S. Federal Law restricts this device to sale, distribution, and use by or on the order of a physician or other licensed eye care practitioner.

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