LASIK is a painless, non-invasive procedure designed to reshape the curvature of the cornea, correcting common eye conditions such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Throughout the process, the goal is to flatten the too-steep cornea found with nearsightedness, steepen the too-flat cornea found with farsightedness and/or smooth out irregularities in the cornea found with astigmatism.
The entire Joffe Custom LASIK treatment lasts only a matter of minutes and includes two main steps:
- It starts with your skilled Joffe LASIK specialist creating a flap from the outer layers of your corneal tissue using a precise medical instrument, called a microkeratome.
- The corneal flap is extremely thin, no wider than the width of a human hair.
- The doctor will apply anesthetizing drops prior to the procedure to ensure a comforting experience.
- Once the flap is created, the ultra precise excimer laser system produces a cool ultraviolet beam of light to precisely remove microscopic pieces of tissue from the cornea.
- Eliminating these tiny pieces of tissue reshapes the cornea, bringing it to a shape that can provide improved vision.
- The laser is calibrated to very specific parameters. Please note, if you move, or blink, during the procedure, the laser will immediately turn off to prevent any issues.
During the entire process, your Joffe LASIK specialist and certified technicians will be explaining the steps in the process and monitoring your condition to ensure a comforting experience. Most patients rest the night of their procedure, and wake the next day with the ability to drive to work.