Also Providing Laser Eye Surgery in Brookline and Wellesley
Boston LASIK eye surgeon Dr. Ernest Kornmehl exclusively offers bladeless eye surgery, also known as all-laser LASIK. Blade Free LASIK surgery is performed with the IntraLase method, during which a femtosecond laser, rather than a handheld surgical blade (microkeratome), is used for the creation of the corneal flap. The corneal flap is a thin piece of tissue that is separated from the eye and folded back to expose the stroma (middle layer of the cornea) for laser reshaping.
By using a laser for the creation of the corneal flap, Dr. Kornmehl is able to perform laser eye surgery with more precision and control, while reducing certain risks associated with a surgical blade.
Dr. Kornmehl strives to provide his patients with maximum safety and therefore strongly believes in the many advantages of bladeless LASIK eye surgery, including:
- Reduced anxiety associated with surgical blades
- Increased flap predictability
- Precise and even corneal flaps
- Reduced risk of buttonholes (improperly formed flaps)
- Reduced risk of free caps (unattached flaps)
- Reduced risk of epithelial slough (damaged eye tissue)
- Reduced risk of dry eye after surgery
- Better flap adherence to the cornea following LASIK surgery
- Reduced recovery time
Following the creation of the corneal flap, Dr. Kornmehl uses a state-of-the-art excimer laser system to reshape the cornea, thereby eliminating most vision flaws, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Boston LASIK patients who undergo all-laser LASIK with Dr. Kornmehl are often able to greatly reduce or completely eliminate their dependence on glasses and contact lenses.
Bladeless LASIK is one of several vision correction procedures Dr. Kornmehl offers. He is also widely regarded as a top Boston cataract surgery provider. To determine the most appropriate refractive procedure for each patient, he conducts a thorough examination and discusses the patient’s options.
How long does LASIK surgery take?
Expect your LASIK surgery to take about 10 minutes per eye. The laser correction itself takes less than a minute per eye.
Is laser eye surgery done while awake?
Yes, laser eye surgery is typically performed while the patient is awake. A relaxant is given before surgery.
How painful is LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK surgery is not painful. Special measures will be taken prior to your laser eye surgery to prevent you from feeling any discomfort. Your eyes will be numbed with special drops and you will take a sedative or other medication to put you into a deeply relaxed and comfortable state during the procedure. You will be positioned in a comfortable reclining chair under the laser platform.
Can LASIK correct both nearsightedness and farsightedness at the same time?
Technically it is impossible to be nearsighted and farsighted in the same eye. But it is possible to be nearsighted and simultaneously lose the ability to focus up close due to presbyopia (the age-related deterioration of reading vision).
A technique known as modified monovision LASIK can correct one eye for distance vision and the other eye for intermediate vision. Most people adapt very well to the results of modified monovision LASIK.
Can I have both eyes treated on the same day?
Yes, it is common to have both eyes treated on the same day.
What happens if you blink during laser eye surgery?
This is a common concern, but nothing to worry about. You will receive medication prior to surgery that suppresses your urge to blink. A small lid speculum will hold your eyelids open during surgery, preventing you from blinking. Also, the laser system that we use for LASIK has an eye-tracking feature to monitor the position of your eyes and modify treatment to compensate for any movements. This feature helps enhance the precision and accuracy of your LASIK treatment.
Is there anything I should not do after eye surgery?
You should not ignore any of the detailed aftercare instructions provided by Dr. Kornmehl and our team. You should not rub your eyes or get water or steam in your eyes for two weeks. Avoid swimming in pools, hot tubs, oceans and lakes during that time. Also, you should not apply eye makeup for up to a week after surgery.
How long does it take to recover from LASIK eye surgery?
Although recovery is different for everyone, it tends to be quite rapid. Most patients notice an improvement in their vision as soon as the day of surgery or the following day. By a week after surgery, any post-operative side effects have subsided and vision has stabilized.
How quickly can I return to normal activities?
Many patients are able to drive and return to work as soon as the day after LASIK surgery.
Is my night vision going to be affected?
A minority of patients experience night vision side effects after LASIK such as glare, halos or starbursts around lights that can last up to three months. However, studies show these side effects are much less common after surgery than before surgery.