LASIK is a form of refractive eye surgery that is used to correct common vision problems, such as astigmatism, presbyopia, near-sightedness and farsightedness. As with other forms of refractive surgery, a bladeless LASIK procedure is designed to reshape the cornea enabling the light that enters the eye to be properly focused on the retina for improved vision. The goal is to reduce an individual’s dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses.
In a traditional LASIK procedure, a microkeratome blade is used to cut a slim, hinged flap on the exterior surface of the cornea. After the flap is lifted, a laser is used to reshape the eye. The flap is put back into its normal position for faster healing.
In the newer FDA-approved bladeless, or all-laser, procedure, a laser has replaced the mechanical cutting tool. A computer-controlled, high-energy femtosecond laser is used to create the flap instead of a microkeratome. An excimer laser is used to remove tissue in a precise pattern to alter the shape of the exposed cornea surface. As with the traditional procedure, the flap is put back in place to provide a “bandage” for improved comfort and faster healing.
With the assistance of the computer, the bladeless laser can operate at extremely high speed. The swiftness enables the physician to target and divide tissue at the molecular level without heat or damage to the surrounding structures of the eye. The corneal flap can be created in a more precise manner.
The precision of the laser enables individuals with thin corneas who were deemed unsuitable candidates for traditional LASIK to undergo vision correction surgery. Bladeless LASIK typically has fewer risks and lower potential for complications than traditional LASIK procedures.
If you are tired of having to deal with glasses and contact lenses to improve your eyesight, you should consider bladeless LASIK surgery at Live Oak Ophthalmology in Wilmington. During a thorough eye examination, our skilled physician will evaluate your eyes and determine if you are a candidate for the procedure. The shape and thickness of your cornea, the size of your pupil and the refractive error that needs to be corrected will all be taken into consideration when determining if bladeless LASIK is a suitable treatment option. Our physician will answer all of your questions and discuss any pre- and post-surgical care.
Laser eye surgery offers several benefits and can significantly improve the quality of your life. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation to learn more.