Our approach to LASIK vision correction surgery
There are 3 basic techniques to correct the vision with an excimer laser. LASIK with a keratome, LASIK with a laser made flap and PRK.
LASIK involves two steps: creation of a corneal flap and second, the reshaping of the cornea under the flap with a laser. There are two techniques that are used to create a LASIK flap. The traditional technique to create a flap is the classic method using a device called a keratome. A keratome creates a very thin flap of tissue in the cornea, the clear tissue at the front of the eye. (Dr. King had his LASIK performed with a keratome). The second technique to create a corneal flap is to use a laser known as a femtosecond laser such as the Intralase used at Fraser Valley Cataract and Laser. The Intralase technique can create a thinner flap than the keratome method and it is preferred for patients with thinner corneas. However, the Intralase method may not be the best technique for patients with corneal scars as the laser may not penetrate through a corneal scar. Both the keratome and Intralase method are safe and have been performed thousands of times by our surgeons.
An alternate technique to LASIK is the PRK method of laser vision correction where no flap is created. The excimer laser vision correction treatment is applied directly to the corneal surface. This is a great technique for patients with thinner corneas or patients who may be at risk for eye trauma (and thus potential displacement of the flap after a LASIK procedure).
An examination at Fraser Valley Cataract and Laser can help determine which of these options is best for you. Our staff look forward to helping you to see more clearly.