Watch the video below to see every step of the process form pre-op exam to post-op results. Dr. Evangelista explains every detail as Megan goes through her LASIK procedure.
There are 2 major steps to Blade-Free LASIK.
Step 1: Flap Creation
A thin flap is created on the corneal surface of your eye using the IntraLase iFS. The IntraLase iFS is a cool laser light that produces a layer of microbubbles to a pre-established depth of the cornea to separate the flap from the eye’s surface.
Your surgeon will then gently lift the flap to begin the next step.
Step 2: Corneal Reshaping
Your surgeon then uses the laser’s micron precision to slightly adjust the surface of the cornea in order to help it focus light accurately onto the retina (thus, giving you clearer vision).
After the reshaping process, your surgeon lightly lowers the flap back into place and it naturally self-seals.
Click the video below to watch an animation of the Blade-Free LASIK procedure.
- IntraLase iFS™
- The Permanent Change
- After-LASIK Experience
IntraLase iFS™ Femtosecond Laser
At Kleiman | Evangelista Eye Center, our surgeons are constantly researching new technologies and vision correction options to discover what they believe will be most beneficial to our patients.
That’s why we offer the IntraLase iFS Femtosecond laser. Due to its advanced control during the corneal flap creation and production of a smoother, higher-quality corneal surface, the iFS laser enables Blade-Free LASIK to be a faster, more accurate and more predictable procedure than was ever possible with the use of a blade.
The iFS allows for precise customization so that we can better tailor results to patients’ needs and widen the scope of vision issues we can correct. The unique reverse-beveled edge of the corneal flap created by the iFS laser also provides a quicker, stronger healing process.
The Permanent Change
Blade-Free LASIK permanently changes your vision. It cannot ‘wear off’ over time.
That said, your eyes can still change internally. Because of this, it is recommended that patients wait to have the LASIK procedure until after most major eye changes have occurred during the early stages of life. Therefore, LASIK is not ideal for patients under 18 years of age because their eyes are still developing. LASIK for children would require fine-tuning very shortly after the procedure.
However, even adult’s eyes can change over time, so we suggest an in-depth discussion with your doctor to review the changes you are experiencing in your vision. This will help you as you decide whether LASIK is right for you now or perhaps sometime in the future.
It’s also important to note that even if changes do occur, the correction can be modified with procedures called ‘enhancements’ if necessary.
Blade-Free LASIK generally offers a rapid visual recovery. Patients often report notably clearer vision within one day after their procedure and continuous improvement over the following days and weeks. Best corrected vision is typically achieved within two to three months.
Patients generally are able to resume daily activities almost immediately following their LASIK procedure. However, swimming and contact sports should be avoided for three to four weeks and your LASIK surgeon may recommend you wear safety glasses during certain activities for at least one month following the procedure. Each case is unique so all restrictions should be discussed with your physician.
Most patients who undergo Blade-Free LASIK do not require corrective lenses for their daily tasks, although some patients over 40 years old may require reading glasses due to presbyopia, or over-40 vision. This is part of the natural aging process of the lens of the eye, and we now offer a procedure that may be able to also overcome this common vision issue: The Corneal Inlay.
Patients in their 40s may choose a procedure called “monovision” to combat the effects of presbyopia. Monovision allows patients to use one eye for distance vision and the other eye for near vision. This works very well for some patients, but others aren’t as comfortable with it. Eye surgeons Kleiman, Evangelista, Ramsey and Frasier are happy to discuss all options for your unique eyes, and we’ll work with you to choose the right procedure that best fits your needs and lifestyle.
Blade-Free LASIK generally offers a rapid visual recovery. Many patients are able to achieve notably improved vision the day following their procedures, and they often report their eyes feel close to normal within a day. Typically, vision continues to improve in following days and weeks.
Patients can resume most daily activities virtually immediately following the LASIK procedure.