Over 20,000 procedures have been performed at Boston Laser so far. Many celebrities have chosen Boston Laser for their care including Baseball greats Jim Rice and Dom Dimaggio. Our surgeons have written four textbooks on Laser Vision Correction techniques and have designed several surgical instruments used in the procedures. Until recently, if you were one of the millions of people with a refractive error, eyeglasses and contact lenses were the only options for correcting vision. But with the arrival of refractive surgery, some people with myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism (a cornea with unequal curves), may have their vision improved through surgery.
Laser assisted in situ keratomileusis, or LASIK, is a refractive procedure that uses an automated blade and a laser to permanently reshape the cornea. The reshaped cornea helps focus light directly onto the retina to produce clearer vision.
LASIK is usually performed as an outpatient procedure using topical anesthesia with drops. The procedure itself generally takes about fifteen minutes. The surgeon creates a flap in the cornea with a microkeratome. The flap is lifted to the side and the cool beam of the excimer laser is used to remove a layer of corneal tissue. The flap is folded back to its normal position and sealed without sutures. The removal of corneal tissue permanently reshapes the cornea.
Since LASIK was first approved in 1999, it has been regarded as a safe and successful method of vision correction. Even so, you’re not alone if you feel hesitant to move forward with surgery, wondering what future advancements may hold. Boston Laser now offers LASIK surgery using the IntraLase MethodTM also known as all-laser LASIK or IntraLASIKTM and it could be the very advancement you’ve been waiting for.
The IntraLase® Method is a 100% blade-free approach to creating a corneal flap, the thin layer of tissue the surgeon folds back to expose the part of the eye that is reshaped during the LASIK procedure. With the IntraLase Method, LASIK is not only 100% blade-free, but shown in clinical studies to provide more patients with vision that is 20/20 or better.
At Boston Laser, we believe in presenting you with all the information you need to make an informed decision. Our dedicated eye doctors and LASIK consulting team will involve you in the process and spend time ensuring you have every opportunity to ask questions. If you’re interested in laser vision correction, the first step is an initial examination to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK. We look forward to talking with you about how we can help you improve your vision.