Step-by-step through a LASIK procedure
To fully understand how LASIK treatment works, you need to know about the structure of your cornea. Think of your cornea as 100 sheets of paper stacked on top of one another. These sheets are called collagen. They reach from one side of the white part of your eye to the other. Their purpose is to strengthen the front part of your eye and help protect it against injury.
Here’s what to expect in a LASIK procedure:
After your eyes are anesthetized with drops, Dr. Pilkinton will place an instrument called a speculum on your eyes to help keep them open during the procedure.
Next, Dr. Pilkinton will carefully make a flap just below the surface of your cornea. He then lifts this flap off the cornea. Then Dr. Pilkinton carefully uses a laser beam to reshape your cornea so that when light enters, it focuses in the proper place. The laser is so precise that it removes less than one-quarter micron with each pulse—less than the width of a human hair. This is what makes LASIK such an astounding treatment.
After Dr. Pilkinton has correctly reshaped your cornea, he takes the flap and precisely repositions it. When it is replaced, healing begins immediately—without any stitches.
Even though LASIK is a surgical procedure, it’s very different from any surgery you could ever have. First of all, you’re awake and conscious during the entire procedure. In fact, Dr. Pilkinton will even ask you questions during the procedure. Second, the procedure is pain-free. The only sensation that you will feel will be pressure on your eye. Lastly, there are no stitches of any kind. Your corneal layers heal naturally and healing begins the second they are put back into place.
You taste first with your eyes. Luscious. Rich. Buttery. Crisp. Lasik gives you a better view of the sweet life.