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What Is the Difference Between Bladeless LASIK and Traditional LASIK?

Last updated 6 years ago

If you have been considering laser eye surgery to correct your vision problems, you might be curious about your options. You have most likely heard of traditional LASIK eye surgery, but there are other options that differ slightly, including bladeless LASIK. To learn about the basic differences between bladeless and traditional LASIK, take a look at the information below.

Replacement of Blade with Laser: In a bladeless LASIK procedure, the LASIK eye surgeon uses a machine that employs a laser to create a flap in the cornea without the assistance of a blade. Some surgeons believe that by not using a blade, they can guarantee a safer procedure and outcome for patients. The advanced laser used is called a femtosecond laser.

Surgery Time Variations: Bladeless LASIK procedures generally take a longer time to perform than traditional procedures. This is because the suction required to complete the different procedures varies greatly. The difference in procedure time can play an important role when choosing the best treatment for clients who may not be able to comfortably handle a longer medical procedure.

Treatment for Different Conditions: In order to be eligible for traditional LASIK surgery, your eyes need to be in fairly stable condition. In addition, you need to have a thick enough cornea for the blade to slice through safely. If you have had to alter your prescription more than a couple of times over the last few years, this could be a sign that your eyes are better suited for a bladeless option. Your ophthalmologist can help you learn more about your eye condition and your candidacy for laser eye surgery.

These are just a few of the major differences between bladeless and traditional LASIK surgeries. At Clear Advantage, our Portsmouth surgeons are skilled and experienced in correcting vision using both procedures. Call us today at (603) 379-6817 to discuss these and other procedures offered at our vision correction center. 


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