Posted by: Manhattan LASIK Center

Surgical corneal procedures require a high degree of precision. Eye surgeons at Manhattan LASIK Center have the speed and precision required to produce excellent results. One of the latest innovations in the field of laser eye surgery is the femtosecond laser. At Manhattan LASIK center, the ZEISS VisuMax femtosecond laser is used for laser vision correction surgery.

What Is a Femtosecond Laser?

This is a type of infrared laser that emits extremely fast bursts of highly amplified light energy. These laser energy bursts operate in the femtosecond range. To put it into simpler words, we are talking about time spanning just one quadrillionth of a second. Try to wrap your mind around that.

Here is a better understanding of this minimally invasive technology. The femtosecond laser is used to create a corneal flap during LASIK eye surgery and is used to create a corneal lenticule during SMILE eye surgery.

Procedures That Can Benefit From Femtosecond Laser

The United States FDA approved femtosecond laser for cataract and refractive surgery in 2015. Hence, it is a relatively new development and only the most experienced LASIK surgeons, like our team at Manhattan LASIK Center, are using it. It can also be beneficial in other ophthalmic procedures. These include penetrating keratoplasty and other types of corneal transplant procedures.

Advantages of Femtosecond Laser Surgery

Are you considering having vision correction surgery but are afraid of having a sharp surgical instrument anywhere near your eye? If so, the femtosecond laser may be the solution you were hoping for. This technology allows eye surgeons to make a significant leap in safety and quality.

Speed, Precision, and Safety

You can never be too careful when it comes to anything to do with your eyes, especially eye surgery. The femtosecond laser is a new bladeless technology that significantly decreases the likelihood of complications.

The speed and precision of femtosecond lasers virtually eliminate complications such as irregular cuts, overly thick flaps, and trauma-induced manipulation. Speed is one of the main contributors to increased patient satisfaction and safety.

Using a femtosecond laser to create a LASIK flap takes about 10 seconds for each eye. Since patients are under the machine for less time, their eyes experience less trauma. Therefore, the femtosecond laser allows for a minimally invasive, gentle procedure.

Decrease in the Likelihood of Complications

Flaps created with mechanical LASIK can cause corneal complications. Some of these complications include:

  • Small folds or wrinkles
  • Infection
  • A detached flap
  • Dryness

In femtosecond lasers, the speed and precision decrease the risk of these types of complications. Specifically, this technology virtually eliminates the risks induced by manipulation.


This type of laser surgery minimizes the need for using multiple instruments during the procedure. This, in turn, reduces the risk of human error and other complications.

Better Visual Results

The femtosecond laser allows for fine-tuning, which allows the team of eye surgeons at Manhattan LASIK Center to make technical and precise adjustments. These alterations increase the consistency and predictability of successful outcomes. This plays a vital role in improving patient satisfaction and safety.

To learn more about the femtosecond laser, contact Manhattan LASIK Center in Manhattan, New York, at (212) 759-9617 today to schedule a free virtual consultation.