Bladeless LASIK Fall River

About Bladeless All Laser LASIK Eye Surgery

About Bladeless All Laser LASIK Eye Surgery at Center for Sight serving Fall River, Massachusetts and greater Providence, Rhode Island

By Keegan Johnson, M.D.

Bladeless All Laser LASIK is a popular way for many patients at Center for Sight in Fall River to achieve their vision correction without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses for seeing at a distance. LASIK, which is known medically as Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, is a method of corneal laser eye surgery that was developed to allow Laser Eye Surgery patients minimal discomfort after their procedure with a quick visual recovery. Today, at Center for Sight in Fall River most patients seeking Laser Vision Correction are candidates for Bladeless All Laser LASIK Eye Surgery using the IntraLase™ Femtosecond Laser which represents the most advanced technology available for our Laser Vision Correction patients.

LASIK is a technique whereby instead of applying the laser energy directly to the surface of the cornea as in PRK, we apply it between the layers of the cornea. This is achieved by creating a very thin flap of corneal tissue that can be lifted and the laser energy applied, and then is readily replaced without the need for stitches. This type of Laser Eye Surgery is called “lamellar eye surgery” because it is performed between the layers of corneal tissue.

Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis or LASIK Eye Surgery, which literally means, “to reshape the cornea from within” is the most common type of Laser Eye Surgery performed today and is one of the most frequently performed surgeries of any type.

The LASIK Procedure
To begin your Bladeless LASIK procedure, we will instruct the staff to place a few eye drops in your eyes numb the surface of your eye. This will make you quite comfortable during your treatment.

Next, a staff member will escort you into the Excimer Laser suite and help you to position yourself comfortably on the moveable “bedlike” table that is actually part of the laser system. Your LASIK surgeon will gently place a small instrument between your eyelids to help you remember to keep them open during your LASIK surgery.

Bladeless LASIK is actually a three-step procedure:

  • The first step is to create a “flap” under which the laser energy is to be applied.  In the past, creating the “flap” was accomplished using a mechanical instrument called a microkeratome to cut the corneal surface. Although the microkeratome was reliable, in order to provide the utmost in safety and efficacy, our LASIK surgeons can create LASIK flaps with the IntraLase™ Femtosecond Laser so that your LASIK Surgery will actually be done as a Bladeless All Laser LASIK procedure.

  • The second step is to carefully fold the “flap” over and allow the inner layer of the cornea to be visible so that the laser energy can be applied. The actual application of the excimer laser can take up to a minute depending on the amount of correction that you require.

Based on your examination, your prescription and other measurements and calculations collected at your LASIK consultation, the doctor will instruct the staff to program important information into a computer that will monitor and control the actual application of the laser. Upon completion of the laser application, your LASIK Surgeon will have changed the curvature of your cornea so that it will be the shape necessary to correct your vision.

  • During the third step, the doctor will then gently replace the “flap” back into its proper position. Since the cornea is able to “stick” to itself, there is no need to use sutures or “stitches” to hold it in place.

Bladeless LASIK surgery has the desirable characteristics of allowing the healing and visual recovery process to be very quick for most patients. For a few days after your LASIK Eye Surgery, you will need to be careful not to rub or bump your eyes too much. It is expected that you will have a mild “sandy” or “gritty” sensation during the first day or so after your LASIK surgery.

The doctor and her staff will give you complete instructions regarding eye drops and medications to use to help the healing and visual recovery process.

Your LASIK Surgeon will require that you return for scheduled follow-up visits to check the healing process, regardless of how well you think you are doing. Most Center for Sight LASIK patients are able to pass the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Registry of Motor Vehicles Eye Test without eyeglasses or contacts within a day or so after their LASIK Surgery with the doctor.

The Center for Sight eye doctors and staff welcome your questions about Bladeless LASIK Laser Vision Correction.

If you, a family member or friend would like to learn whether Bladeless All Laser Eye Surgery might offer the possibility of freedom from the hassle of eyeglasses and contact lenses for seeing at distance, please call for a Free Consultation in Fall River, Massachusetts at 508-730-2020.

Center for Sight is conveniently located for patients in need of Bladeless all Laser Eye Surgery in Massachusetts or Rhode Island from Attleboro, Fairhaven, Fall River, Franklin, Mansfield, Marion, Mattapoisett, Medfield, Milford, New Bedford, North Attleboro, North Dartmouth, Norton, Oxford, Rehoboth, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, Walpole, Whitinsville, Woonsocket, Providence, Smithfield, Westport, Lakeville, Dighton, Little Compton, and Tiverton.

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