Conventional Lasik is a simple, outpatient procedure that can correct most prescriptions whether you are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. Conventional or standard Lasik was the original form of Lasik that was used exclusively from its inception in the 1990’s until all-laser Lasik was created early in the 21st century.
Conventional Lasik is the most affordable procedure, but lacks some of the features of all laser Lasik. The major difference is the creation of the Lasik flap, the cornerstone of Lasik surgery.
The elements of Conventional Lasik:
- A flap is made in the cornea with a microkeratome, a high quality medical blade
- After the eye is lined up in the laser path, a three –camera tracking system tracks the smallest, micro-millimeter movements of the eye
- After the reshaping is done, the flap is folded back to its original position, and seals itself to the rest of the cornea within minutes
- The entire procedure takes no more than 10 minutes
- Recovery of vision is generally within several hours
What you will experience:
- A local anesthetic numbs the eye
- A low dosage Valium ensures that the patient is relaxed and comfortable
- Most patients feel slight pressure during the procedure, with no or very minimal pain
- You’re given protective eyewear and driven home to relax for the rest of the day
- A day or so later, you return for a post-operative check-up