To put it simply, the bladeless LASIK procedure offers great precision, and it can be used to correct vision problems. Since it uses a laser for the entire procedure, it doesn’t require the use of a blade.
A lot of people need vision correction, but they’re afraid to go under the knife, which is a valid concern. Traditional LASIK procedures use a very sharp blade and carry greater risks than the bladeless alternative.
During traditional LASIK surgery, the blade is used to cut a corneal flap. Bladeless LASIK is different because it uses a special laser to cut the flap. The laser energy is capable of making a precise, quick incision, and it completely replaces the need for a handheld blade.
What are the Benefits?
Bladeless LASIK treatment has become very popular because it carries significantly less risk. By replacing the blade with a laser, the occurrence of traumatic flap complications, holes and partial flaps is reduced, and you get to enjoy a safer procedure.
The bladeless LASIK procedure has been performed many times, and there hasn’t been a single case of traumatic complications. To find out if you’re a good candidate for this procedure, you’ll need to come to our office and get an eye exam.
You must also be at least 18 years old because you must have mature eyes. An ideal candidate for bladeless LASIK also doesn’t suffer from dry eye syndrome and has no autoimmune disorder.
How Bladeless LASIK Works
During the procedure, our surgeon uses an advanced Femtosecond laser, which replaces a surgical blade. The laser is used to create the corneal flap, and the IntraLase laser sends precise pulses of light energy through the cornea.
As the laser energy passes through the cornea, it creates an even layer of microscopic bubbles, which creates the corneal flap. Once this part of the procedure is finished, the flap must be folded back, and the underlying tissue is reshaped using an excimer laser.
This process shouldn’t take longer than 30 seconds. The IntraLase technology has been safely and effectively used on millions of patients. If you choose bladeless LASIK, you can almost completely eliminate the risk of flap complications. Since the procedure is quick and safe, you can achieve clear, crisp vision, and you can stop wearing contact lenses and glasses.
What’s Wrong with Traditional LASIK?
There is nothing wrong with traditional LASIK vision correction, but it carries a greater risk for complications than the bladeless version. Problems can arise when a microkeratome is used because it can be quite unpredictable.
The microkeratome is mechanically operated, so it’s not nearly as precise as a laser. During bladeless LASIK, the laser emits one quadrillion pulses of light per second, and with such a high level of precision, it’s capable of correcting many refractive vision problems. The laser is guided using a computer, which delivers the highest level of precision available.
Get All the Facts During a Consultation
If you need vision correction and want to avoid complications, bladeless LASIK is definitely worth considering. Schedule a consultation at Live Oak Ophthalmology in Wilmington to see if this procedure is right for you. Contact us today to book your appointment.