During No Blade LASIK
You should read the following carefully to understand what you need to do immediately before and during the No Blade LASIK (Bladeless LASIK) procedure.
You should arrive at the New Vision Laser Center as rested and relaxed as possible. You can have some light food before the procedure, if you like. You should allow 2 hours at the Laser Center. Wear comfortable clothing. Do not wear makeup, earrings, hair spray, perfume or cologne on the day of your laser procedure.
You will need to have someone drive you home. You can also take an auto or taxi to go home.
You will be asked to sign the informed consent and arrange for payment for your procedure.
You can meet with your surgeon to discuss any further questions.
We’ll use anesthetic drops to numb your eye.
After we administer the numbing drops, we’ll take you into the laser suite. By the way, you can view the laser equipment before the numbing drops are used. Your relatives or friends can view the procedure on a Closed Circuit TV arrangement.
As No Blade LASIK is slightly more surgical in nature, sterile surgical conditions are maintained.
- Your face is cleaned with a disinfectant.
- You wear a surgical cap.
- Your eyelashes are taped out of the way and an eyelid holder is put in your eye to prevent blinking.
In the No Blade LASIK procedure, a small flap is made in the cornea using a femtosecond laser. You will be asked to look at a green blinking light (or another type of blinking light), and a contact glass will come and sit on your cornea. You will not feel any pain, but you may feel some pressure and experience some discomfort, while the flap is made. It is important to remain steady when the flap making process is on.
Once the flap is made, you will be moved to the excimer laser. Depending on the laser being used, you will be rotated to the excimer laser, or simply asked to get up and go to another bed. The flap is then turned over. When the flap is turned over your vision will get a little blurry. You are asked to fixate on a red target light.
The laser part of the procedure is performed and takes 20-30 seconds. The flap is placed back into position and the surgeon will wait about a minute for the eye to create a natural vacuum to hold the flap down. The typical No Blade LASIK procedure takes about 10 minutes per eye.
Once your procedure is done, you will be able to go home within half an hour. First we place some additional drops into your eyes and we’ll give you instructions on use of your medications. The surgeon will also give your eyes one final look before sending you on your way.