Most people find that wearing corrective glasses daily and carrying them around is a nuisance and wearing contact lenses is also the most irritating experience. Bladeless or all-laser LASIK is a practical, extremely safe, and accurate procedure to provide perfect vision with hardly any downtime at all. Here is a breakdown of how this process is different from traditional LASIK surgery.
What Is Traditional LASIK?
LASIK stands for “Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis.” This is a popular procedure that creates a flap in the outermost layer of your cornea while lifting it to reveal the underlying stoma. The stoma is then reshaped by reducing microscopic amounts of corneal tissues so that your cornea can focus light more precisely on your retina. If you are nearsighted, your cornea will be flattened slightly to improve vision, while farsighted patients will have the curvature of their cornea increased.
What Is Bladeless or All-Laser LASIK?
Bladeless or all-laser LASIK is the advanced version of the above-mentioned traditional surgery. In this case, an individual femtosecond laser creates the flap on your cornea instead of a blade. Instead of a microkeratome, a laser forms the flap with cleaner edges and equal thickness, which helps it heal significantly faster. Your doctor will also prescribe topical anesthetic drops to boost the healing process. After your surgery, there is very minimal risk of experiencing glare or halos at nighttime, which is why many patients opt for bladeless over the traditional procedure.
By choosing bladeless LASIK, you can benefit from sharper and clearer vision thanks to recent advances in technology. The entire operation only takes up to 10 minutes, and you will hardly feel any discomfort or pain. The recovery period is as little as 24-hours, so you can get the operation done over the weekend instead of taking time off work. Since the thickness of the corneal flap is the same in every part despite the natural curve of your cornea, there are incredibly slim chances of mishaps. This makes bladeless LASIK the safest choice because you do not have to face the risk of your flap being thinner in the center when dealing with a blade.
How Is Bladeless LASIK Done?
To prepare you for the procedure, your surgeon will use eye-numbing drops to prevent pain. Then a device called the lid speculum will be introduced to stop your eyelids from shutting, along with a suction ring that will keep your eyes from moving around. Then the femtosecond laser will begin creating the flap on your cornea, which will then be folded away. Your surgeon will carefully reshape the cornea using a laser adjusted for your prescription, and then the flap gets replaced. Post-surgery, your vision can be hazy for some hours, but you will notice it improve significantly by the next day.
Despite the numerous advantages of bladeless LASIK, it is essential to note that you need a highly experienced surgeon for a successful outcome. We have the most stellar reputation for this advanced procedure with an abundance of experience handling the latest technology to prevent any dangers. If you are looking for the most trusted LASIK surgeon, contact us today to speak to one of our Patient Care Coordinators for more information.