Blade Free or Bladeless All Laser LASIK Eye Surgery at The Eye Care & Surgery Center in New Jersey
About Bladeless LASIK
Bladeless LASIK is the most common type of vision correction surgery that we perform at The Eye Care & Surgery Center. LASIK Eye Surgery is a method of corneal laser eye surgery that we can use to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism with a quick visual recovery and minimal discomfort. LASIK Surgery is a type of Laser Eye Surgery called “lamellar eye surgery” because it is performed between the layers of corneal tissue. This is accomplished by creating a very thin flap of corneal tissue that can be lifted and the laser energy applied, followed by returning of the flap to its original position without the need for stitches.
At The Eye Care & Surgery Center, Joel Confino, M.D. provides LASIK Surgery using an advanced procedure called Bladeless or Blade Free All Laser Custom Wavefront Optimized LASIK during which the LASIK "flap" is created using a femtosecond laser. As a Corneal Specialist, Dr. Confino’s training, experience and expertise in performing Corneal Surgery such as LASIK, offers our patients an added sense of confidence in the safety, efficacy and predictability of having LASIK in New Jersey at The Eye Care & Surgery Center.
What to Expect During Your LASIK Procedure
To begin your LASIK procedure, Dr. Confino will instruct the staff to place a few eye drops in your eyes to numb the surface of your eye. This will make you quite comfortable during your treatment. You will be seated in a comfortable and relaxed waiting area while the drops have a chance to begin working. After the drops have had a chance to take effect, a staff member will escort you into the Excimer Laser Suite and help you to position yourself comfortably on the moveable “bedlike” area that is actually part of the laser system.
To perform Bladeless LASIK Dr. Confino uses a three step process:
- During the first step, Dr. Confino creates a “flap” under which the laser energy is to be applied. In order to provide the utmost in safety and efficacy, Dr. Confino will create the LASIK "flap" with a femtosecond laser so that your LASIK Surgery will actually be done as a Bladeless All Laser LASIK procedure.
- The second step is to carefully fold the “flap” over and allow the inner layer of the cornea to be visible so that the laser energy can be applied. The actual application of the Wavelight Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Excimer Laser can take from 2-15 seconds depending on the amount of correction that you require.
- During the third or final step, Dr. Confino will replace the "flap" into its original position and allow it to adhere in position. The LASIK flap is remarkable in that it achieves its position without requiring the use of sutures or stitches.
The nature of the LASIK procedure is that it permits the healing and visual recovery process to be quick and predictable for most patients. For a few days after your LASIK Eye Surgery, you will need to be careful not to rub or bump your eyes. It is expected that you will have a mild “sandy” or “gritty” sensation during the first day or so after your LASIK surgery. This is normal. Dr. Confino and his staff will give you complete instructions regarding eye drops and medications to use to help the healing and visual recovery process.
YOU NEED TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
Dr. Confino will require that you return for scheduled follow-up visits to check the healing process, regardless of how well you think you are doing. Most LASIK patients at The Eye Care & Surgery Center are able to pass the New Jersey Motor Vehicles Eye Test without eyeglasses or contacts within a day or so after their LASIK Surgery with Dr. Confino.
You should feel free to discuss any fears, concerns, questions or thoughts about LASIK or any corneal laser eye surgery with Dr. Confino or the staff. Our staff is available to answer any questions or to address any needs you may have regarding Laser Vision Correction at The Eye Care & Surgery Center. We will be pleased to spend whatever time is necessary to review any information about the LASIK procedure, what to expect on LASIK surgery day, follow-up care, fees and affordable “no money down” easy monthly payment plans that will fit into your budget.