iLASIK (Intralase Laser in-situ Keratomileusis)
Dr. Cano is a certified iLASIK surgeon
LASIK is a surgical procedure using laser energy to reshape the cornea for better eyesight. At Cano & Manning Eye Center, we’ve been successfully treating patients with LASIK for years, and it’s one of our most popular treatment options. The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes per eye and, although the patient is fully awake and able to communicate throughout, LASIK is absolutely pain-free. Following is what to expect during a typical LASIK procedure.
1. We’ll begin by anesthetizing your eye with drops.
2. A small suction ring is placed around the cornea and serves as a platform for the Intralase laser, an instrument used to separate the surface layers of the cornea without a metal blade.
3. With the Intralase, the surface layer of the cornea is separated, and the corneal flap is folded back.
4. Then an eyelid speculum will be positioned to hold open the eyelids. You’ll be asked to look at a blinking red target light while the laser removes a predetermined amount of tissue from the inner cornea to correct the individual’s refractive error. The equipment emits a clicking sound as each microscopic layer of tissue is removed. The cornea is made flatter to treat nearsightedness, steeper to treat farsightedness and more spherical to correct astigmatism. The length of time of this part of the procedure varies with the amount of tissue to be removed. The laser uses features such as iris registration and Customvue technology to make each treatment specific for each individual.
5. The cornea is then placed back into its original position and allowed to dry for a few minutes where it bonds without the need for stitches.
6. The microkeratome and eyelid speculum are removed, additional drops are placed into the eye, and a clear plastic shield placed over the eye for protection. Generally, vision following the procedure is slightly blurry at first, so you’ll need to be driven home and should relax for the rest of the day.
7. The first follow up visit should be scheduled for the day after the procedure, with additional visits scheduled periodically to monitor healing and evaluate your particular recovery.