All-laser or bladeless LASIK is a surgical procedure done on the cornea to correct problems caused by a misshapen cornea like astigmatism or near-sightedness. During this procedure, the surgeon reshapes the cornea so that it can focus light properly.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
LASIK is always an outpatient procedure during which the patient is given a local anesthetic in the form of eye drops that numb the eyes. The surgeon then cuts a flap into the surface of the cornea to gain access to the underlying tissues. After reshaping the cornea with a laser, the flap is carefully replaced.
The only difference between bladed and bladeless LASIK is the instrument used to cut the flap. In traditional bladed LASIK, the surgeon uses a bladed instrument called a microkeratome. In bladeless LASIK, the surgeon uses a femtosecond laser. Bladeless LASIK was approved by the FDA in 2001 and has been available in the US ever since.
What are the Advantages of Bladeless LASIK?
A large advantage of bladeless LASIK over bladed LASIK is that it reduces the chances of complications occurring while cutting the flap. The laser provides greater precision and reduces the risk of damage to the eye.
The laser also provides more precision than the blade, and it produces corneal flaps of a uniform size and thickness. By contrast, a surgeon with a blade might cut a flap that is thicker in the middle than at the edges or vice versa.
The laser gives the surgeon more control and precision, so he can better customize the procedure for the patient’s needs. He can cut flaps of different shapes and sizes. He can give the flap edges, so it will fit the eye more securely and be less likely to get displaced.
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The bladeless LASIK procedure offers so many benefits. During an initial consultation at Live Oak Ophthalmology, you can learn all of the details about the procedure. Our office is located in Wilmington. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started on the journey to clearer, better vision!