Posted by: Manhattan LASIK Center
LASIK may be one of the most well-known forms of laser vision correction, but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t changed over the years. In fact, the technique has continued to evolve and improve in order to offer patients the greatest degree of precision, accuracy, and safety possible. Today, patients who are considering LASIK for their laser vision correction have the option to choose bladeless LASIK for their procedure.
What is Bladeless Lasik?
Bladeless LASIK is the latest evolution of the traditional LASIK technique. The procedure itself is identical except for one thing – bladeless LASIK doesn’t involve the use of a microkeratome blade. In traditional LASIK, this handheld device is used to create the ultra-thin flap that will be opened to access the underlying cornea for laser reshaping. However, in bladeless LASIK this flap is made using a femtosecond laser, which is at the cutting edge of laser technology. The underlying cornea is then reshaped, and the flap replaced and left to heal – just like in conventional LASIK.
How is Bladeless Lasik Less Risky than Traditional Lasik?
There are several key benefits to this technique that helps to reduce the level of risk associated with the procedure:
- The flap itself is made with greater accuracy and uniformity since it is performed using a laser that is custom pre-programmed for the patient’s prescription, reducing the risk of human error
- The flap created by the laser is considered to have greater integrity, which will make it easier to replace at the end of the treatment
- There is a decreased risk of experiencing corneal abrasions during the procedure
- There is also a decreased risk of accidentally induced astigmatism after the procedure
- The femtosecond laser can be used to create thinner corneal flaps, meaning that bladeless LASIK may be an option for patients who have thin corneas and for whom conventional LASIK is not an option.
- Treatment can be better tailored to the individual needs of each patient, such as creating different shapes or sizes of corneal flaps as required. The corneal flap edges can also be structured so that they fit back in place better. This can improve healing times and reduce the likelihood of damage to the cornea after the surgery.
We understand that getting laser vision surgery is a big decision. Not every laser vision correction technique is right for every patient, and you’ll need to attend a consultation at Manhattan LASIK Center to determine which offers you the greatest benefits. At Manhattan LASIK Center, we offer the bladeless LASIK technique, so that is something to consider when selecting your LASIK surgeon in Roslyn, NY.
If you have any questions about bladeless or conventional LASIK, or to schedule a free consultation to discuss your options for laser vision correction, please contact our experienced and knowledgeable LASIK team at Manhattan LASIK Center by calling us at one of our three locations: Manhattan, New York at (212) 759-9617; Roslyn, New York at (516) 461-2300; and Paramus, New Jersey at (201) 843-3861.