LASIK (Laser Assisted In-situ Keratomileusis)
LASIK uses the combination of lamellar keratoplasty with the precision of the excimer laser.
First, a thin layer of the cornea, or corneal cap, is raised. MECA uses the IntraLase Method™—a 100% blade-free approach to creating your corneal flap, to expose the layer of the cornea called the stroma. This portion of the procedure is called “lamellar keratoplasty” or keratomileusis.
Then, in less than 60 seconds, ultraviolet light and high energy pulses from the excimer laser reshaping the internal cornea (the stroma) with accuracy up to 0.25 microns.
The procedure is designed to treat moderate to high levels of nearsightedness and, by adjusting the pattern of the laser beam, it may also be possible to treat farsightedness and astigmatism. After the tissue has been reshaped, the raised corneal flap is replaced in its original position. Because of the cornea’s extraordinary natural bonding qualities, healing is rapid and does not require stitches. The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes.