Laser Assisted in-Situ Keratomilieusis (L-A-S-I-K) offers a number of benefits over other forms of laser vision correction because it is performed under a protective layer of corneal tissue. As a result, there is less surface area to heal, less risk of corneal haze, less postoperative discomfort, less postoperative need for medications, and vision returns more rapidly, often within a day or so. This procedure can also treat a higher range of vision errors. Although postoperative results vary, most patients are able to pass a driver’s license test without their glasses or contact lenses. Until recently, a blade (microkeratome) was used to cut a flap in the cornea (clear outer part of the eye) and the cornea beneath was reshaped with a cool, sensation-free laser. Now, with the Intralase technology, no blades are used. This provides an even greater measure of accuracy. To learn more about the this procedure, and if you may be a candidate, click here. If you visit one of our offices in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage or La Quinta feel free to inquire about this life-changing procedure.
In the following video, Dr. Milauskas discusses the amazing advances in lasik surgery due to the acquisition of the Wavelight Allegretto laser now used at the Institute. This device has speeded up the process immensely, making this already relatively quick procedure even faster (sometimes on the order of a ten-fold increase in speed).