The Laser Procedure

At Pan Pacific Laser Vision Center we offer a wide range of professional laser vision correction procedures in Honolulu, Hawaii. We hold a strong dedication to providing you with the best possible service for laser vision correction. In addition, we have an outstanding reputation and years of experience offering premium laser vision correction in Hawaii. We strive to build caring relationships with all of our laser vision correction patients and we continually strive for excellence in the field of laser vision correction.

What is Laser Vision Correction?
Laser vision correction is a short outpatient vision correction procedure performed by certified ophthalmologists in which tissue is removed from the surface of the eye using an excimer laser. Laser vision correction is designed to reduce or eliminate a person's dependency on glasses or contact lenses by reshaping the outer surface of the cornea using the energy pulses of light emitted by the excimer laser. There are currently two types of laser vision correction procedures: LASIK and the newest LASEK-PRK (Laser Sub-Epithelial Keratomileusis).

What is LASIK?

LASIK or "Laser assisted in situ keratomileusis" is a procedure which uses an excimer laser system to reshape the stroma layer lying under the surface of the cornea.

An automated microsurgical device called a microkeratome is used to create a thin flap on the surface of the cornea. The corneal flap is then laid back and the excimer laser reshapes the stromal layers of the cornea according to the patient's eye prescription. Once the laser has been applied the flap is closed and the laser procedure is complete. Similar to PRK, the procedure usually takes between 10 to 15 minutes, with the actual excimer laser treatment taking 15-90 seconds to perform. Unlike with PRK, the surface layer of the cornea remains intact and as a result, no bandage is required and LASIK patients experience virtually no pain or discomfort. Most LASIK patients can normally see well enough to drive a car the next day and healing is achieved within one to three months.

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Step 1:
The doctor creates a thin flap at the top of your cornea which is lifted away, but remains attached at one side.
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Step 2:
The excimer laser, already programmed to correct the degree of refraction, evaporates a microscopic layer of tissue. This part of the procedure takes between 15 and 90 seconds.
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Step 3:
The flap is put back into place and, because of eye's natural bonding properties, healing starts immediately. No stitches are required. The entire procedure takes about one hour after which a patient may return home.

Pan Pacific Laser Vision Center has been offering laser vision correction procedures in Honolulu, Hawaii since 1997. Our dedication to excellence in the field of laser vision has made PPLVC one of the best laser vision correction facilities in Hawaii. If you live in Honolulu, Hawaii please feel free to contact us for more laser vision correction information.

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