What is LASIK?

LASIK is an acronym for Laser Assisted  In-Situ Keratomileusis and is the world’s most popular laser vision correction procedure. This procedure is safe, effective, and has a low occurrence rate of side effects. LASIK eye surgery has helped millions of people see clearly independent of glasses or contact lenses. LASIK has enabled people to resume their active lifestyles again. Imagine being able to work out without glasses. Imagine seeing the alarm clock when you wake up in the morning. Imagine life without the hassle of putting lenses in. Imagine no more scratchy lenses hitting your eyelids and no more solutions.

LASIK is a quick and virtually painless vision correction procedure with an excellent record of success. Proper preoperative evaluations are critical to each patient’s success.


What happens during the LASIK eye procedure?

During LASIK, the surgeon first applies anesthetic eye drops to numb the eye for surgery. Next, a suction ring is applied that is designed to hold the eye steady and confirm the pressure of the eye.  The surgeon then creates a thin corneal flap using a device called a microkeratome.  The surgeon tests for laser alignment and walks the patient through the fixation process. The corneal flap is lifted up and inverted, and the excimer laser pulses are applied to the exposed interior surface of the cornea to reshape the tissue.

The computer-controlled STAR S4 IR excimer laser removes the tissue under the flap and reshapes the cornea. The actual laser treatment generally takes 20-60 seconds. The flap is then repositioned over the treated area. This corneal flap serves as a natural bandage, which eliminates the discomfort associated

VISX Star S4 IR Excimer Laser

with other types of refractive surgery and expedites the healing process. Eye drops will be applied to assist with the healing process. You will be required to take eye drops on a regular basis in the postoperative period. Afterwards, clear shields will be placed over the eyes to protect against rubbing or hitting the eye. These shields will not be removed until the following morning after your procedure. Your doctor will then watch the eye during the postoperative period to ensure proper flap positioning and healing. Because of the extraordinary bonding properties of the corneal tissue, stitches are not needed to keep the flap in place postoperatively, but you must be very careful and not rub or hit the eye for the first month following your LASIK eye surgery.

3D CustomVue Wavescan image used during the laser procedure

3D CustomVue Wavescan image used during the laser procedure


The most recent technology used along with LASIK surgery is Advanced CustomVue Wavescan. It is setting a new standard for traditional LASIK vision correction. Advanced CustomVue can measure and correct the unique imperfections of each individual’s vision and provide them with the potential to experience better vision than is possible with glasses and contact lenses….. their Personal Best Vision.

To first step to seeing if you are a candidate for LASIK eye surgery is to call our office and schedule a Free LASIK Screening (903) 614-3937. You may also email at gbohn@collom-carney.com.