One of the best things about laser vision correction is that technology continues to improve and evolve. The LASIK performed today is much better than the LASIK that was performed 10 years ago (and even those older techniques were exceptionally effective.) The team at our eye care center would like to take a brief moment right now to look at one major advancement in LASIK technology: blade-free LASIK surgery.
What is LASIK surgery in general?
We should first cover the basics of LASIK surgery so you understand what makes blade-free LASIK different.
During LASIK surgery, a small flap is made in the epithelium, which is the topmost portion of the cornea (the clear outer/frontal portion of the eye). Through this epithelial flap, a laser reshapes the contour of the cornea to ensure that light passes through it properly and focuses on the retina (the light-sensitive tissue located at the back of the eye). The epithelial flap is then set down to heal once the cornea is sufficiently reshaped.
What does blade-free LASIK mean?
Blade-free LASIK means that there are no physical instruments used to create the epithelial flap. Instead, a special laser carefully creates the epithelial flap. This is why blade-free LASIK is also known as bladeless LASIK and all-laser LASIK.
How was traditional LASIK surgery performed?
You see in the past, laser vision correction experts used to use an instrument known as a microkeratome to create the epithelial flap. This instrument rested against the cornea and carefully created the epithelial flap. Local anesthetic was used during the procedure to reduce discomfort.
How is blade-free LASIK performed?
In essence, blade-free LASIK is performed just like traditional LASIK but without the use of the microkeratome. Local anesthetic is used to reduce discomfort as usual. The computer-guided laser then assess the shape of the eye and carefully makes a laser incision in the corneal surface. That's all there is to it. The laser for reshaping the cornea can then be used.
What does blade-free LASIK mean for patients?
Blade-free LASIK means a few things for the patient:
- Increased efficiency and accuracy - Using a laser means that your LASIK surgeon can create the perfect epithelial flap with total accuracy
- Decreased chance for human error - Since the laser that creates the epithelial flap is operated by computer, the chance of human error is greatly decreased
- Reduced chance of infection - Since no instrument makes physical contact with the eye, the possibility of infection is practically nil
Considering All of Your Options for Advanced Eye Care
There are plenty of other matters to consider when it comes to LASIK surgery. During your consultation process, our team will be able to go over all of your options for advanced vision care and vision correction. We will be sure to answer all of your questions in great detail so that you can make the best informed decisions possible.
Learn More About Laser Eye Surgery
If you would like to learn more about laser vision correction and your many other options for advanced eye care, be sure to contact our Salt Lake City, UT laser vision correction practice today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible vision quality and eye health.