As technology for LASIK eye surgery has improved, ophthalmologists have begun using a technique known as bladeless LASIK, or all-laser LASIK eye surgery. Traditional LASIK eye surgery requires the use of an instrument known as a microkeratome that is used to create a thin flap in the cornea. Bladeless LASIK surgery, on the other hand, involves using a laser to create the flap in the cornea.
Many doctors claim that using the laser technique allows for fewer complications since creating the cornea flap is one of the most complicated steps in LASIK eye surgery.
1. What is the advantage of a laser treatment over Traditional microkeratome treatment?
Both types of LASIK eye surgery are effective at producing positive results and better vision. However, the bladeless technique has shown to eliminate cornea flap complications during surgery. The laser used in the bladeless technique generally creates a more even flap as opposed to traditional LASIK which can create a meniscus shape that is thicker around the edge of the flap and thinner in the middle.
2. Who Should You Choose Bladeless LASIK Surgery?
Bladeless LASIK eye surgery is a preferred treatment for those with thin corneas, dry eyes or a fear of microkeratome treatments. Nearly everyone who is a candidate for LASIK is a good candidate for bladeless treatments. Many eye surgeons claim to notice fewer side effects and cornea flap malfunctions with the use of the bladeless LASIK, and for this reason, you may want to choose the laser route. However, consult with your ophthalmologist before making your decision.
3. Who Should not have Bladeless LASIK Surgery?
Patients who have undergone previous refractive surgeries or who have corneal scars are usually not recommended for bladeless treatments.
If you’re interested in learn more about bladeless LASIK eye surgery and whether you are a good candidate for this procedure, contact Clear Advantage at (603) 379-6817. We’ll discuss your vision impairment and the best treatment method for you. We perform traditional, custom, PRK and bladeless LASIK eye surgery along with other refractive surgical solutions such as the revolutionary implantable contact lens, the Visian ICL. Visit our website to learn more about the services we offer.