The All Laser LASIK Procedure
LASIK has long been the standard in laser vision correction, but recent technological advances have led to the development of a revolutionary new procedure known as All Laser LASIK. All Laser LASIK, or Bladeless LASIK is a completely bladeless approach to refractive surgery that has maximized consistency and accuracy while reducing the possibility of complications.
LASIK has always been essentially a two-step procedure. The first step is the creation of a thin protective flap on the cornea, and the second is the actual correction of the patient’s vision, as a tiny laser beam gently reshapes the cornea. Until recently, the flap was created with a hand-held blade called a microkeratome, but with All Laser LASIK technology, the flap is formed using a laser. The result is a safer, more accurate approach to the initial step in the laser vision correction process.
Immediately following the procedure, the protective flap is folded back into place, where it bonds with your eye without the need for stitches. Because Bladeless LASIK affords the surgeon greater precision and predictability in creating the flap than traditional LASIK, each flap is more specifically designed and therefore able to be more securely repositioned. The accuracy of this computer-controlled procedure significantly reduces the possibility of complications.
Not only has All Laser LASIK made vision correction more exact and predictable, its unique level of precision also makes it more accommodating to patients who may not have been candidates for laser vision correction in the past. Through its increased accuracy and safety, bladeless LASIK allows for correction even in cases of above-average pupil size, thinner corneas and more drastic corrections.
At Vance Thompson Vision, we are committed to using the latest technology to ensure that our patients achieve the best possible results. With that in mind, we are pleased to offer the unprecedented precision and consistency of All Laser LASIK.
The LASIK procedure is the right answer for most patients who are considering refractive surgery to improve their vision. However, in patients with higher degrees of nearsightedness or farsightedness, the cornea may be too thin to allow full refractive correction.
In these cases, surgical implants may be the best alternative. These special devices are placed in the eyes to improve their focusing ability.