LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is one of the most commonly performed laser eye surgeries worldwide. LASIK procedures can correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism by reshaping the cornea to focus light correctly on the retina to sharpen vision. Dr. Guglielmetti specializes in blade free laser vision correction and uses the latest technology to achieve this.
Preparing for LASIK
Prior to surgery, our surgical team will conduct an eye examination and collect important information about your eyes. This exam involves measuring your refractive error and corneal thickness as well as corneal mapping, glaucoma testing, and other general eye health tests. Once you have been deemed a good candidate for LASIK, you will meet with Dr. Guglielmetti. He will answer any questions you may have about the procedure and address any of your concerns. When scheduling your initial evaluation, let our staff know if you regularly wear contact lenses. Depending on the type, these may need to be removed for several days or weeks before your appointment.
The LASIK Procedure
On the day of surgery, numbing eye drops are used and the area around the eye is disinfected. A lid speculum gently keeps the eyelids open while Dr. Guglielmetti creates a thin corneal flap with the Carl Zeiss Visumax femtosecond laser. This blade free laser procedure is the safest and most accurate way to create a LASIK flap. Dr. Guglielmetti will adjust the excimer laser to make the proper corrections for your unique prescription. You will be asked to focus on a target light for a moment while Dr. Guglielmetti looks at the process through a microscope. The SCHWIND AMARIS laser has a built-in eye tracking system that compensates for eye movements during the procedure, reducing the possibility of complications.
Then, the system-directed laser precisely reshapes the cornea in seconds. Once the reshaping process is finished, the corneal flap is returned to its original position. Due to the nature of corneal tissue, once it is placed back over the eye it begins to bond naturally, and sutures are not needed.
The entire procedure is completed in just minutes, with very little recovery time. For most patients, the procedure is virtually painless and results can be experienced as soon as the day after surgery.
Immediately after surgery, some patients’ vision will be blurry while others notice sharper vision right after the procedure. Most patients can see clearly as early as the morning after surgery. Your vision will continue to stabilize and improve for a few days, but a majority of patients return to work the following day.
Following LASIK surgery, you will need to relax for the remainder of the day. Avoid rubbing or irritating your eyes with soap, water, or cosmetics. Dr. Guglielmetti will prescribe medication and eye drops to be used after surgery. You should refrain from intense exercise for a week to avoid healing complications. Our staff will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your eyes after surgery. Dr. Guglielmetti will see you for several post-operative appointments to check the progress of your recovery.
Dr. Guglielmetti also offers ReLEx SMILE, TransPRK and phakic IOLs for patients who do not qualify for LASIK surgery. He treats many cataracts patients and offers premium intraocular lenses to further correct their vision.