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HOW LASIK WORKS
The LASIK procedure is performed by ophthalmologists, medical doctors who specialize in surgical treatments of the eye. TLC Laser Eye Centers at Harvard Eye Associates uses Wavefront Technology, creating a customized map of the unique attributes of your visual system that transfers to the laser, enabling your LASIK surgeon to address your individual visual requirements. This may result in clearer and sharper vision than ever before.
A general outline of the procedure as performed at TLC Laser Eye Centers at Harvard Eye Associates:
- Anesthetic eye drops are applied to the eye.
- The LASIK surgeon uses a gentle laser to create a precise, uniform corneal flap. No blades are used in this customizable eye surgery to access the inner corneal tissue. During this part of the procedure, your vision dims and becomes blurry for about a minute.
- Next, the inner layers of your cornea receive customized computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light. Although the laser light is invisible, the laser makes a clicking sound as it gently reshapes the inner corneal layer to improve and in many cases, eliminate your prescription. During this part of the procedure, an eye-tracking device tracks your eye movements to ensure precise correction.
- Following the re-shaping of the tissue, the LASIK surgeon carefully repositions and aligns the flap to its original position. Protective shields are placed over your eye to prevent accidental rubbing as the flap heals naturally and securely over the next several hours.
- After the procedure, patients feel moderate discomfort and irritation for a few hours, but most are comfortable after a nap and rest. Recovery is quick with very few restrictions. You will visit your own optometrist, or the doctor at TLC, several times over the first three months following your procedure to ensure you are healing as expected.
John Hovanesian, MD
Dr. Hovanesian joined Harvard Eye Associates in 1999 after spending two years as a Visiting
Assistant Professor at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute in a fellowship specializing in laser,
cataract, and corneal surgery. At UCLA he received international acclaim for his research in
optimizing the quality of vision after laser surgery.
Diana H. Kersten, MD
Dr. Kersten has been a busy surgeon with Harvard Eye Associates since 1988. She is devoted to
excellent patient care and has a loyal following of patients throughout Orange County and
Southern California. Since joining Harvard Eye Associates, she has performed many thousands of
LASIK procedures and cataract surgeries, as well as numerous advanced refractive techniques to
treat myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.
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