How LASIK Works (Excimer Laser)

LASIK stands for Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis. Essentially it is a procedure that reshapes the cornea for clearer vision. LASIK is an ideal procedure for many patients who are trying to eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.


During the LASIK procedure Dr. Kaufman will administer potent anesthetic drops to numb the eye. A device called a lid speculum holds the eye open to prevent you from blinking (many patients worry about blinking and ruining the procedure; this is not possible). A femtosecond laser is used to create a flap of tissue in the cornea.


intralaseThis flap is folded back to expose the 'meat' or stroma of the cornea. As the patient looks at a light, a special laser is then used to reshape the cornea to correct whatever prescription error exists. This typically lasts less than a minute. Once this is done the flap is gently replaced to its original position where it will rebond without the need for stitches.

High Definition LASIK Vision (HDLV) uses a Wave Front topography and an excimer laser. The flap is made with a special blade free Intralase laser which enhances accuracy and safety.

Consult Dr. Jonathan Kaufman at Kaufman Eye Institute to see if a LASIK procedure would benefit you.