Your LASIK Procedure
Woolfson LASIK, the most common procedure performed at Woolfson Eye Institute, permanently changes the shape of the cornea with an excimer laser (a “cool” laser) to refocus how light enters your eye. The treatment is minimally invasive, virtually painless, and performed on an outpatient basis in one of our state-of-the-art surgery centers.
The Woolfson LASIK procedure
Your customized LASIK procedure consists of four steps:
- Anesthetic drops are applied to your eye to ensure your comfort.
- One of our highly trained LASIK surgeons creates a protective flap and gently lifts it, revealing the inner corneal tissue.
- The Woolfson Eye Institute surgeon configures a sophisticated computer to emit controlled pulses of cool laser light to the inner layers of your cornea. As the laser pulses, it makes a ticking sound while evaporating microscopic amounts of corneal tissue, thereby reshaping your cornea.
- Once completed, your surgeon gently replaces the flap and aligns it to its original position. The flap will typically heal naturally and securely without sutures.
Most patients experience immediate improvement in their vision, and from that point continues to improve over the next few days and weeks through the healing process. Some patients may experience slight initial irritation, but most are quite comfortable after a few hours of rest.