How LASIK Works

LASIK Reshapes the Curve of Your Cornea

If you have normal vision, your cornea refracts (bends) light so it focuses properly on the retina (the back of the eye). When the curve of your cornea is irregularly shaped, your refractive power will be altered, resulting in blurred or distorted images being received by the retina. This is called "refractive error" and leads to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.

LASIK corrects your refractive error and may help you achieve 20/20 vision.

3 Steps of Blade-Free Custom LASIK

Glenwood-Springs-Colorado-LASIK-corneal-flap.jpgStep 1. Create the corneal flap.
It is necessary to create a thin segment of the outer layer of the cornea that can be folded back to allow Dr. Spivack access to your underlying corneal tissue. Dr. Spivack uses the IntraLase method for this step, which is a completely blade-free, laser technology that provides more accurate treatment than the metal blade (microkeratome) of the past. The flap is thinner, more precise, more stable and heals quicker.

Glenwood-Springs-Colorado-LASIK-corneal-reshaped.jpgStep 2. Cornea is reshaped.
With the corneal flap lifted, Dr. Spivack can use an excimer laser to reshape the underlying corneal tissue to correct the refractive error. He uses state-of-the-art VISX CustomVue™ technology for this step, which is based on an earlier Wavefront analysis of your eyes that created a detailed 3D map of your eye's imperfections. This process allows for the most precise vision corrections possible. The technology we use is approved for use on military and NASA personnel, so you can rest assured you're making the right choice for your vision.

Glenwood-Springs-Colorado-LASIK-corneal-replaced.jpgStep 3. Corneal flap is replaced.
Dr. Spivack then folds your corneal flap back into place. It will re-bond and heal very quickly; in fact, most patients are able to return to work the next day.

You'll be amazed that the entire LASIK procedure takes just minutes per eye. The procedure is virtually painless; you may feel just a slight sensation of pressure. You’ve probably had more discomfort inserting and removing contact lenses than you will experience from all laser LASIK.

How PRK Differs From LASIK

PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) is another method of refractive surgery that may be recommended by Dr. Spivack. In PRK, there is no corneal flap created. Instead the cornea's entire outer (epithelial) layer is removed to expose the area and allow for vision correction. The section is then positioned back into place where the new epithelial cells regenerate and cover the surface of the eye. Recovery is typically slower after PRK than with LASIK.

To get more in-depth information about the LASIK process, please take the first step in the process and schedule your free LASIK Consultation today.

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