The terms associated with laser eye surgery, such as bladeless,
blade free, all laser and IntraLase®, can be confusing to a potentialLASIK surgery patient. What does “bladeless” or “blade free”
really mean? Do eye doctors in 2012 still use blades during LASIK eye surgery?
Let us break it down for you and answer some of these questions.
LASIK surgery is performed by cutting a small flap in the cornea of the
eye, raising it, and using a laser to reshape the eye, which will correct
the patient’s vision. Traditionally, LASIK was performed with a
microkeratome, an instrument used to cut a thin flap in the cornea. In
1999, IntraLase® was introduced, which allows that flap in the cornea
to be cut using a femtosecond laser, rather than the blade of a microkeratome.
Though IntraLase® is marketed as both “bladeless” and “all
laser” LASIK surgery, some doctors would argue that the terms are
misleading. IntraLase® does allow the surgery to be performed without
the use of a blade, and therefore, the term “bladeless” is
accurate. However even with IntraLase®, LASIK surgery is still performed
by cutting a flap in the cornea.
IntraLase® allows surgeons to operate with more precision. It also
reduces the risk of complications. Due to the risk of complications of
LASIK performed with a blade, many patients would not be considered eligible
candidates. IntraLase® gives some of these patients the opportunity
to now undergo LASIK to correct their vision.
At Key-Whitman Eye Center, we believe bladeless IntraLase® surgery
is the best option for the patient. Patients who undergo IntraLase®
LASIK are more likely to have better vision results than those who undergo
LASIK surgery with the use of a blade. IntraLase® reduces the risk
of complications and allows the doctor to operate with more precision,
achieving the highest results.
Safety and precision are very important qualities at
Key-Whitman Eye Center. We spare no expense to bring the best in technology to the Dallas Metroplex
and to our patients. As you join the approximately 1.3 million other Americans
who have LASIK each year, know that you have chosen an eye care center
a center who knows the importance of technology in addressing your eyes
and their unique qualities.
Wondering if you may be a candidate for LASIK or another type of laser
vision correction? Take our online
self-evaluation to determine your vision correction options. If you are already considering
LASIK, schedule yourfree consultation at Key-Whitman Eye Center today.
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