No Blade Lasik
No Blade LASIK Surgery in Springfield, MA: What is it and how does it work?
Eye Surgery can oftentimes be intimidating. Especially so if you are unfamiliar with the procedures or nature of the surgery. LASIK is an eponym for the term “Laser-Assisted In-situ Keratomileusis”. LASIK improves the eye’s ability to focus by changing the contour of the cornea. LASIK is a surgical process approved by the FDA as a means of improving vision in an individual. We are an award-winning Bausch and Lomb Center of Excellence in West Springfield with years of experience performing these LASIK procedures. With that level of excellence as a standard, we are the eye surgeons you can count on.
What is the standard LASIK process?
Standard LASIK surgery is a two-step process; however, you do need to qualify. Before any eye surgery may be approved, our highly qualified staff performs an eye exam to determine what procedure would be best.
- The surgeon gains clear access to your cornea by creating an ultra-thin flap of tissue.
- Second, the tissue is then folded back and the surgeon is able to perform laser vision correction treatment on the inner layer of the cornea.
In many “discount” LASIK practices this flap was created with a handheld mechanical device that uses a metal blade. The blade makes a pass across your eye and actually creates a cut in the cornea. By using a blade, the surgeon is NOT able to allow for total customization of the flap. Customization is vital to the predictability and reliability of your vision correction procedure, and oftentimes, the same blade is used on both eyes.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Yes. IntraLase bladeless LASIK is considered by many to provide a safer approach to vision correction surgery. This is a result of the superior precision of the computer-controlled laser as compared to that of a hand-held mechanical device. The mechanical device houses a metal blade that cuts across the cornea to create the flap. IntraLase bladeless LASIK accomplishes the flap procedure with a laser instead of a blade, and does not travel across the cornea; these features reduce the risk of complications. IntraLase bladeless LASIK provides a safer procedure because of its precision.
This precision was documented in studies conducted for the FDA clearance of the laser, where accuracy of flap thickness was demonstrated at +/- 10 microns. Precise flap thickness is critical to a successful LASIK outcome and IntraLase-crafted flaps feature a consistent thickness from edge to edge. Again, this degree of accuracy is unprecedented in flap creation technology to date. Finally, greater flap stability was also demonstrated with IntraLase flaps in studies for the laser’s FDA submission. Although the incidence of flap slippage is rare in LASIK, the consequences can be quite problematic. The assurance that the IntraLase created flap will be securely re-positioned without incident provides added peace of mind for many patients.
“No-Blade” LASIK surgery utilizes two lasers within the process. The first laser used is the highly accurate “femtosecond” laser. This laser essentially cuts out all need for a manual tool in the first step of the LASIK process: the creation of the flap.
In the second step the corrective corneal treatment is performed through application of an excimer laser by the eye surgeon.
No, but IntraLase bladeless LASIK reduces the risk of complications reported with traditional LASIK, and we feel that is very important for our patients.
Because we feel this is essential technology that significantly raises the standard to safety in vision correction surgery, we are recommending IntraLase for all of our patients. You should discuss your concerns directly with Dr. Frangie as certain vision disorders and corneal anatomy may be associated with a higher degree of risk. Dr. Frangie will help you decide which is best for you.
Advanced technologies are more expensive for the surgeon to employ in his practice. Most patients agree that the added level of safety and assurance offered by IntraLase no blade LASIK is well worth the additional cost when considering vision correction surgery.