How LASIK Works

How the Lasik Procedure Works

LASIK has become the most popular and successful vision correction procedure worldwide. LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) surgery permanently changes the shape of the cornea, so patients can be freed from the constraints of glasses and contacts.

LASIK is a fast procedure performed while you are awake, lying flat. At Travers Lasik Vision Care, this procedure begins by putting special anesthetic drops into your eyes. You will also be offered a mild sedative. Lasik is performed in three steps:

Step 1Step 1: Your eye will be immobilized so that it cannot move during the procedure.
Then a flap is created in the cornea, and is gently lifted up.
Step 2Step 2: Using a cool-beam excimer laser, the cornea is reshaped for improved vision.
The laser is programmed specifically for you based on your pre-surgery vision
evaluation.
Step 3Step 3: The flap is laid back into place, and immediately begins healing. The entire
procedure can be completed in a matter of minutes.

Right after your surgery, you will rest for a short period. You will need someone to drive you home, where you should rest again for a few hours, or for as long as Dr. Travers recommends. To help your corneal flap remain in position and heal properly, you should avoid rubbing your eyes. You should also avoid strenuous exercise. You’ll be instructed to moisturize your eyes with preservative-free tears, follow directions for prescription eye drops, and return to the clinic for scheduled follow-up exams. Most patients will experience a rapid visual recovery and return to normal activity in a matter of day

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The LASIK Procedure