If you are a candidate, your first step is to come in for a complete eye exam. You must be free of contact lenses for at least one week for soft contacts and at least four weeks for hard lenses before your exam. During your exam we will carefully measure your prescription before and after we dilate your eyes and examine your eyes to make sure they are healthy. You will also have a scanning topography done to measure the shape, contour, and thickness of your corneas.
If you decide to have LASIK surgery, do not resume contact lens wear during the period between your pre-surgical exam and your surgery date.
The Lasik procedure begins with anesthetic drops being placed into the patient's eyes. The patient's unique correction information is transferred from the WaveScan® to the laser.
A patient undergoing eye measurements before her Lasik procedure (using WaveScan®-based digital technology).
Laser vision correction works by gently reshaping the cornea with the cool beam from the laser to remove microscopic amounts of tissue, less than the thickness of a human hair in most cases, to create a new curvature.
The procedure typically takes several seconds and the majority of individuals feel no discomfort. Many patients notice immediate results after CustomVue™ and vision continues to improve over several days. Routine follow-up visits complete the process.
A year after the Lasik procedure, a clinical study revealed the following results without glasses or contact lenses: