If you’re considering laser vision correction as an alternative solution to using prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, then look no further than bladeless LASIK. This is a new technique in laser vision correction that can be used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia in visually impaired patients. While it is a recent development in laser vision correction, it is widely available at laser vision correction centers. In this post, we’ll take a look at how bladeless LASIK works, and what type of benefits it has over conventional LASIK surgery.

What Is LASIK vs. What Is Bladeless LASIK?

With conventional LASIK or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, the surgeon creates a flap in the outermost layer of the cornea (epithelial tissue), using a tiny, oscillating blade called a microkeratome. Once this incision is made and the flap is formed, suction is used to lift it, revealing the corneal tissue (stroma) that is to be reshaped with the laser.

When the stroma is reshaped, microscopic amounts of the corneal tissue are removed, in such a way that it addresses your vision impairment. For example, with nearsightedness, the cornea is slightly flattened, but with farsightedness, the curvature is increased. Once the corrections have been made to address the issue, the flap is placed back within its position and you begin the recovery process.

With bladeless LASIK (all-laser LASIK), the femtosecond laser is used to create the corneal flap instead of a microkeratome blade. While a microkeratome blade is precise and accurate, the benefit of creating a flap with a femtosecond laser is that the flap will have equal thickness all the way around. This gives the flap much cleaner and smoother edges, allowing it to heal more quickly than a flap made via a microkeratome blade.

What Is The Bladeless LASIK Experience Like?

At the beginning of your appointment, you will be given eye-numbing drops so that you do not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. As part of the treatment process, a lid speculum will be used to prevent your eyelids from closing, and a suction ring will be applied to the eyes to keep them from moving during the surgery. A femtosecond laser will be used to create a corneal flap, which is folded away, and replaced after your cornea is reshaped by the surgeon.

It is normal for your vision to be unclear or hazy for a few hours after the operation, but this should disappear within 24-hours. You can expect your vision to slowly improve for a few weeks after treatment.

Who Is Eligible for Bladeless LASIK?

For those looking to have bladeless LASIK done, you must be 21 years of age and must have stable vision that does not change across a period of 24-months or 2-years. To determine eligibility, you will need to have a consultation done with the laser vision correction center of your choice, in which you’ll be asked for your medical history, and a series of tests will be done on your eyes to determine their health.

What Are Its Benefits Over Conventional LASIK?

There are numerous benefits to using bladeless LASIK over conventional LASIK.

There is less risk of complications resulting from flap creation. In traditional LASIK surgery, uneven edges, poor shaping, or an incomplete flap created via a microkeratome blade can result in complications during recovery, as well as, the success of your vision improvement.

Bladeless LASIK is the safest iteration of laser vision correction. The unparalleled precision and accuracy of the femtosecond laser ensures that the corneal flap is the same regardless of the natural curve of the cornea. This reduces the chances of mishaps drastically.

Your surgeon is given greater control with bladeless LASIK, as the hinge of the flap can be created in any position. This means that the incision of the flap can be located almost anywhere on the eye, increasing the chances of surgery success.

The recovery time of bladeless LASIK is quicker, due to the flap’s smooth and even edges. This allows it to re-attach without complication. Some patients have been able to go back to work in as little as 24-hours after surgery.

The overall time that is needed to complete the procedure is less, as lasers can complete the job quicker and with higher precision. This contributes to patient comfort.

Outcomes With Bladeless LASIK

When it comes to the potential vision outcomes with bladeless LASIK, the majority of patients come away with either 20/20 vision or 20/40 vision or less. Essentially, this means that the requirement to wear prescription eyeglasses may not go away entirely if you have extreme vision impairment, but the prescription required will be much less. Realistic expectations, surgeon skill, and a candid conversation about the outcome unique to your situation is a must-consider before going ahead with laser vision correction surgery.

Interested in Bladeless LASIK?

If you would like more information about this new technique or would like to be assessed for eligibility, please get in touch with Magruder Laser Vision today at (407) 843-5665 or schedule a consultation today!