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.
Your surgeon will then gently lift the flap to begin the next step.
Step 2: Corneal Reshaping
Your surgeon then uses 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.
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.
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. Our eye surgeons 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.