treatment and options for you

LASIK, an acronym for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis”, is one of the safest, most effective, and popular elective procedures for vision correction.

Laser vision correction involves using a precise computer-controlled laser to gently reshape the cornea, allowing light rays to focus more directly on the retina and ultimately reducing your dependence on corrective lenses.  The in-office procedure lasts only a few minutes per eye, and most patients can return to work the next day. Laser vision correction can correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

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Ideal candidates:
  • Want to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contacts.
  • Are at least 19 years old.
  • Have had a stable eye prescription for at least one year.
  • Have no health issues affecting their eyes.
  • Have no signs of glaucoma or significant cataract.

The goal of LASIK is to reduce a patient’s dependence on corrective lenses. It does not always create perfect vision. Some patients still need occasional reading or driving glasses after the procedure.  There are many benefits to laser vision correction, but there are also risks.  This is why we use the most advanced technology available to minimize risk and maximize accuracy.

After a thorough eye examination, your Michigan Eye Institute doctor will let you know if LASIK is a viable option for your consideration. If you are deemed a good candidate, Michigan Eye Institute will provide you with all of the information needed to help you make an informed decision.

before, during, and after surgery


At Michigan Eye Institute, we ask patients to arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled procedure. In preparation for the actual surgery, your eyes will be numbed with anesthetic eye drops. Once in the operating room, your eyes will be cleansed just prior to the beginning of your procedure.


With femtosecond technology, LASIK at Michigan Eye Institute is a completely bladeless technique.  Utilizing the Intralase® FS Laser, this highly precise technology provides a new level of safety and surgical precision for our patients beyond traditional LASIK. The first step is the creation of a thin protective flap on your cornea, and the second is the actual correction of your vision, as a laser beam gently reshapes the cornea.  Before femtosecond laser technology, the traditional LASIK flap was created with an oscillating, handheld steel blade.  Today, the flap is formed using a computer-controlled laser.  The result is a safer, incredibly accurate, less invasive approach to the flap creation step in the LASIK procedure. Patients may feel pressure during this part of the procedure, but do not experience pain. Patients are then asked to look directly at a stable, lit target while the excimer laser meticulously reshapes the cornea. The laser treatment is completed in less than one-minute for most cases. When the treatment is completed, the hinged flap is carefully positioned into place where it will quickly bond to the eye without stitches.

Not only has bladeless LASIK made vision correction more exact and predictable, but its unique level of precision also makes it more accommodating to patients who may not have been candidates for laser vision correction in the past.  Through its increased accuracy and safety, this technology allows for correction even in cases of above-average pupil size, thinner corneas and higher corrections.


Once the procedure has been completed, your eyes may be examined with a slit lamp microscope.  You may notice that your vision is a little blurry immediately following your procedure. This is normal. Most patients experience significant improvements in their after surgery vision within the first 24 hours.

Important: You will not be released without a designated driver to drive you home. Once home, we recommend resting for the remainder of the day, and if you work, we recommend taking the following day off as well. It is not uncommon to experience some discomfort 12 to 24 hours after the procedure. Some patients may experience sensitivity to light or may experience watering or swelling of the eyes for up to three days after the procedure.

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To get more information about laser vision correction and LASIK send us a message. One of our associates will contact you to set up an appointment with a Michigan Eye Institute doctor.