If you currently wear glasses or contact lenses and have been considering permanent vision correction, chances are you’ve heard of LASIK.
LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is one of the most common forms of laser vision correction in the world and is done to treat common refractive errors including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.
During LASIK surgery, the surgeon reshapes your cornea to improve the way light focuses on the retina. First, a corneal flap is created using an Intralase laser. Next, the flap is gently pulled back so your surgeon can reshape the cornea using an excimer laser.
- To treat nearsightedness, the cornea must be made flatter.
- To treat farsightedness, the central cornea must be made steeper.
- To treat astigmatism, the cornea must be made more spherical or round.
Once the procedure is complete, the corneal flap is positioned back in place. The procedure itself can be as brief as 15 minutes for both eyes and most patients experience improved vision immediately following LASIK.
At Fry Eye Associates, we are dedicated to bringing you the most advanced and trusted LASIK technology. Our LASIK is 100% blade-free. More than 5,000,000 procedures have been performed comfortably and effectively using this technology with more patients achieving 20/20 vision or better when compared to conventional LASIK techniques.
Bladeless LASIK vs. Traditional LASIK
Traditional LASIK surgery is still laser-assisted surgery, but the cutting of the corneal tissue is done with a rapidly oscillating blade called a microkeratome. The blade is used to create an ultra-thin flap on the cornea, which is then lifted to allow the laser to alter the cornea and correct vision problems.
By contrast, bladeless LASIK uses infrared laser energy to target and divide tissue at a molecular level, without heat, thereby leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. The surgeon can then make a precise incision on the cornea to create a flap. Cornea flaps created during bladeless LASIK have a more consistent thickness than flaps made with a microkeratome blade, which can help reduce the risk of infection after surgery.
While it’s possible to encounter complications from either form of LASIK surgery, studies show that bladeless LASIK results in fewer post-surgery eye problems.
Call our office to set up a consultation to see if you are a LASIK candidate!