LASIK eye surgery is a popular way to restore your vision to 20/20 or, in some cases, even better. Unfortunately, there are certain eye conditions, such as weak corneas or large pupils, that make some patients ineligible for traditional LASIK surgery. In these cases, there is an alternative: an advanced blade-free surgical technique called IntraLase™ LASIK. In Bakersfield, CA, Gregory A. Stainer, M.D. and his team at Southwest Eyecare and Laser Medical Associates are proud to be the first to offer LASIK in Bakersfield.
Intralase™ uses a laser to create the corneal flap, which is far more precise than using a blade. Because the corneal flaps are so precise, it naturally creates better results and makes it generally safer than traditional LASIK surgery. Also, patients who are too nearsighted or have thin corneas are most likely not candidates for traditional LASIK. However, these patients may be candidates for Intralase™.
Only an experienced doctor can determine your eligibility for this procedure. However, candidates generally include patients with myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. You must be over 18, and have maintained stable eyesight for at least the last year. Conditions such as dry eye syndrome, corneal scarring, and patients with autoimmune disorders may not be candidates for this procedure. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for IntraLase™ LASIK surgery is to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our doctors.
Prior to the LASIK procedure, the patient is given an anesthetic eye drop and an oral sedative, ensuring they remain relaxed and comfortable throughout the appointment.
Next, a laser is used to gently separate the outer corneal tissue (epithelium) from the inner layer (stroma). Once this flap is created, a femtosecond laser is used to reshape the cornea. This process takes less than ten minutes per eye.
If you have been told eyeglasses or contact lenses are your only option, IntraLase™ may allow you to experience greater independence.
The patient may experience some pressure, but should feel no pain. For several hours after the procedure, there may be a gritty or sandy sensation, and a burning or tearing of the eyes. A nap is recommended for the first two to three hours after arriving home, as this uncomfortable feeling usually subsides within that timeframe. You may see an improvement in your vision in as little as two days, though it can take three to six months for the results to become fully apparent. Following surgery, you will be instructed to protect your eyes from harsh sunlight, avoid excessive rubbing, and attend follow-up appointments with your doctor to monitor healing and recovery.
If you have been told eyeglasses or contact lenses are your only option, technological advances in LASIK surgery may allow you to experience greater independence. However, it is important to remember that refractive technology is only as effective as the doctor who uses it. Dr. Stainer has helped many patients achieve clear vision and an improved quality of life. Contact our office so we can help you see more clearly than you ever thought possible.