Here the Intralase flap is lifted and the treatment for the patient is applied. (A variety of options are available using the Intralase laser: Standard IntraLASIK, Zyoptix Tissue Savings and Zyoptix Wavefront - the surgeon will inform you as to what is most suitable for you). The flap is then replaced and allowed to dry. The Intralasik procedure requires no stitches and the flap sticks by a variety of natural forces. The patient then leaves the room and sits in a waiting area for about 20 mins, after which the vision is checked and eye examined. A huge difference in vision is immediate, though it continues to improve over the next three months.
What Will You Feel ? The Intralasik procedure takes about 6 minutes per eye. You will have had a tablet to relax you and you will be amazed how quickly the time goes. As mentioned you might feel some pressure with the Intralase laser interface (suction device) and your vision may go either dark or white. With the second portion of the treatment you will not feel anything and will just have to look at a flashing blurry red light. You can be reassured that the using the Intralase laser to create flap is much safer than a blade microkeratome.
After the Intralasik procedure (like the microkeratome procedure) your eyes may stream and you might have the sensation of soap in your eyes for about 3 hours. Typically patients just want to go to sleep and once they wake up they are fine.