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What is “All Laser” LASIK?

“All Laser” LASIK is one of the most popular eye correction surgeries in the world.  It is designed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism using a combination of two different lasers.

The hallmark of “All Laser” LASIK is the corneal flap.  Using the Ziemer Z-Series femtosecond laser, Dr. Hyver creates a thin corneal flap that he lifts, exposing the underlying tissue.  He then uses the Alcon EX500 wavefront-optimized laser to reshape this tissue according to your specific prescription, after which he restores the flap over the treated area, preserving the new correction.  The entire process takes just minutes to perform, and since your eyes are anesthetized, you’ll experience little or no discomfort during the procedure.

What can I expect during the recovery period?

During the first four hours after your LASIK procedure, your vision will be hazy (similar to looking through a film), and you’re likely to experience varying degrees of eye stinging, scratchiness, tearing, and light sensitivity.

One day after surgery, aside from a little dryness, your eyes should feel relatively normal, and your vision should be clear enough to resume most of your normal lifestyle.  However, results vary from patient-to-patient, based on the patient’s preoperative prescription and the type of work he or she performs.

Over the next few weeks, your vision should gradually sharpen to reach its best correction.

How well will I see and what are the risks?

With today’s state-of-the-art laser infrastructure, combined with Dr. Hyver’s experience and deep surgical database, it’s rare that our “All Laser” LASIK patients don’t see 20/20 or better.  Like any medical procedure, however, LASIK is not without risks or alternatives, something you can learn more about here.