Explanation of procedure

Explanation of procedure

After you have made the decision to have the LASIK procedure, we will thoroughly review your pre and post-operative instructions. The procedure generally takes less than 15 minutes for most patients.

  • When you arrive, you will be given a mild sedative to help you relax.
  • You will meet with Dr. Paveloff to review any questions you may have. Your eyes will then be numbed with anesthetic drops.
  • After your eye has been completely numbed, an eyelid holder will be placed between your eyelids to prevent you from blinking.
  • Next, the IntraLase laser will create a protective flap in the cornea. During this process, you may feel slight pressure. Once the flap is complete, you will be asked to look directly at a fixation light while the laser reshapes the cornea, usually in less than a minute.

To treat nearsightedness - the cornea must be made flatter. This is accomplished by removing tissue from the center of the cornea.

To treat farsightedness - the central cornea must be made steeper. This is accomplished by directing the laser beam to remove the tissue from the peripheral cornea.

To treat astigmatism - the cornea must be made more spherical or round.

By changing the pattern of the beam, tissue is removed in one direction more than the other producing a more spherical cornea.

  • The protective flap is folded back in place where it bonds securely without the need for stitches. After LASIK, some patients report a slight foreign body sensation that usually goes away within 4 to 6 hours after the procedure.