When laser vision correction first arrived, traditional LASIK was performed with a microkeratome to create the corneal flap. This form of flap creation has been and continues to be very successful. What makes All-Laser LASIK different from traditional LASIK is the use of a femtosecond laser to create your LASIK flap from below the surface of the cornea using pre-programmed dimensions. This results in precise and predictable flaps. The procedure is done in a series of steps:
- Ultra-fast pulses of laser light position microscopic bubbles at a precise depth predetermined by your LASIK surgeon.
- The laser light passes harmlessly through your cornea. Then the laser creates rows of these bubbles just beneath your corneal surface as it moves back and forth across your eye in a uniform plane.
- Next, the femtosecond laser stacks bubbles around your corneal diameter to create the edges of your flap. These bubbles are stacked at an angle that is determined by your doctor and is individualized to the way your eye is shaped. The process takes only about 20 seconds from start to finish; it’s quiet and comfortable.
- Your doctor then gently lifts the flap to allow for the second step of your procedure, the excimer laser. When the treatment is complete, the flap is gently put back into position and the healing process begins.
If you are interested in learning more about All-Laser LASIK, you are encouraged to schedule a LASIK consultation either online or by calling 414-271-2020. The experienced doctors at Milwaukee Eye Care can help you determine the best procedure for your individual needs. We look forward to discussing your vision correction options with you.