How does LASIK work?
At Joffe Custom LASIK, we are committed to providing safe and effective technology to every patient. Additionally, we want to educate our patients about LASIK, the process and our technology so they feel comfortable in taking the next step with Custom LASIK.
LASIK eye surgery is a painless, non-invasive procedure designed to reshape the curvature of the cornea, correcting common eye conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
The entire Joffe Custom LASIK treatment lasts only a matter of minutes and includes two main steps. Please note, there is virtually no pain through the entire procedure as your LASIK specialist will apply topical anesthetizing (numbing drops) prior to the procedure. The main steps in the LASIK process include:
- The treatment starts as your skilled Joffe LASIK specialist creates a flap from the outer layers of your corneal tissue. Your corneal flap will be extremely thin, no wider than the width of a human hair.
- This step can be performed using one of our three techniques; which include, using a precise medical instrument called a microkeratome, using a femtosecond laser (commonly referred to as All-Laser LASIK), or through a process called PRK. Your Joffe doctors will recommend an option during your free LASIK exam based on your individual vision needs and eyes’ anatomy.
- Once the corneal flap is created, your LASIK specialist will apply an ultra-precise excimer laser to carefully remove microscopic pieces of tissue from the cornea. This laser is a cool-beam of light that is generally only on the cornea for 15-60 seconds.
- Eliminating these tiny pieces of tissue reshapes the cornea, bringing it to a shape that can provide improved vision and correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
- Our excimer lasers are 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 or harm your vision.
- All-in-all, you will be in the treatment room for less than 15 minutes and the treatment itself will only last a matter of a few minutes. Your Joffe LASIK specialist and certified technicians will explain the steps in the process as the happen, making sure you are comfortable and informed. Most patients rest the night of their procedure, and wake the next day with the ability to drive to work, beginning their new life of natural, clear vision.