Posted by: Manhattan LASIK Center

LASIK laser vision correction remains one of the most popular elective surgeries in the world and has transformed the sight of millions of patients since it was first granted approval by the FDA in 1995. Nevertheless, the technique used in LASIK has continued to evolve in order to take advantage of the latest and most innovative technological solutions. One of the ways in which LASIK has changed is in the technique used to create the flap in the outer corneal tissue.  We are pleased to offer the latest LASIK techniques, here at our LASIK Center in Edison, NJ.

The creation of this flap is a vitally important step in the LASIK process, as it is needed to access the underlying corneal tissue which will be reshaped using the LASIK laser. Once the cornea has been reshaped, the flap is then replaced and left to heal naturally. There is no need for sutures or any other assistance. 

In conventional LASIK, this flap has always been created using a tool called a microkeratome – a precision surgical instrument with an oscillating blade. However, today it is now possible to have bladeless LASIK. Bladeless LASIK uses laser energy to replace the microkeratome blade traditionally used to create a thin flap in the cornea. Compared to the microkeratome, the laser used in bladeless LASIK operates at extremely high speeds, enabling the tissue to be targeted and divided at a molecular level without generating heat or affecting the surrounding tissues. The creation of the flap is also more predictable since the laser can be pre-programmed with the information needed to create the flap with superior precision and accuracy.  

Advantages Of Choosing Bladeless LASIK

When you choose a LASIK provider that is trained and experienced, any risks associated with creating the flap by hand should be minimal. However, there are some distinct advantages associated with choosing bladeless LASIK that means that it is considered to be superior when compared with the conventional microkeratome technique.  

Improved Precision

Unsurprisingly, the increased precision with which the flap can be created is one of the biggest benefits of choosing LASIK. The laser is fully programmed based on the needs of each individual patient, and different shapes and sizes of the flap can be created as required. 

Thinner Corneal Flap

The bladeless LASIK laser can also create flaps that are thinner than those which it is possible to create using microkeratome blades. This can significantly reduce the likelihood of complications arising from the flap creation or placement back over the surface of the eye. There is also a reduced risk of damage to the cornea following surgery and the edges of the flap can be structured so that it will fit better when replaced. 

Shorter Easier Recovery

Studies have found that patients who have undergone bladeless LASIK tend to have smoother recoveries and take less time to heal. Most patients can return to work within 24 hours of their procedure. Overall, bladeless surgery significantly reduces surgical complications, making it safer than conventional LASIK procedures. 

Clear Concise Vision

The objective of any LASIK procedure is to provide the patient with much sharper, clearer vision and this is precisely what can be achieved following bladeless LASIK. Patients report high levels of satisfaction in their vision that significantly reduces and even eliminates their need for prescription eyewear. 

If you would like more information about bladeless LASIK, or to schedule a consultation to see if you are suitable for this life-changing treatment, please contact our LASIK offices in Edison, NJ.