The first step in the LASIK procedure is to create a flap of corneal tissue. The flap is then folded back. The surgeon is then able to perform the laser vision correction treatment with the excimer laser on the inner layers of the cornea. When the flap is replaced it adheres with 6-8 hours and allows for a rapid visual recovery.
Since the inception of the traditional LASIK procedure the corneal flap has been created with an automated machine called a microkeratome. In Bladeless LASIK, the surgeon uses a laser to create the corneal flap instead of a blade. The Intralase laser enables the surgeon the ability to customize the corneal flap for every individual patient. The Intralase laser allows us to treat those who were previously not candidates due to thin corneas.