Bladeless LASIK Offered in Derry Eye Clinic
The Next Generation LASIK Technology
Spindel Eye Associates is your trusted family eye doctor in the state of New Hampshire. At Spindel Eye Associates, we offer IntraLase bladeless LASIK eye surgery using state-of-the-art FDA-approved laser technology. This safe, painless, precise procedure ensures clearer vision and quicker recovery time for patients.
What is bladeless LASIK?
Bladeless LASIK, also known as all-laser LASIK, uses two lasers to shape your cornea to correct your vision instead of a small blade known as a microkeratome. As painless as traditional LASIK, patients who undergo all-laser LASIK briefly experience pressure while the surgery takes place. Most patients immediately experience clearer, improved vision.
How does the procedure work?
Here at Spindel Eye Associates, we use the Wavelight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Excimer Laser System to conduct LASIK procedures. This system uses precise femtosecond lasers to create a thin flap in the cornea. The flap is lifted and a second excimer laser reshapes corneal tissue to correct any vision deficiencies. Because of the beveled edge created by the femtosecond lasers, the corneal flap is perfectly replaced. All this takes place without the use of a blade, which appeals to many patients considering LASIK.
- Flap creation is a vital part of LASIK eye surgery, but also the source of some of the procedure’s most common complications. Laser-created flaps are associated with greater predictability and a lower risk of flap-related complications during and after eye surgery.
Advantages of Bladeless LASIK
In addition to the appeal of a bladeless procedure, bladeless LASIK allows for more precision than traditional LASIK that uses a microkeratome. Although both procedures are safe and have great results, all-laser LASIK typically results in clearer vision than traditional LASIK. In addition, traditional LASIK only has a complication percentage of 0.1% to 0.5%, but bladeless LASIK decreases that already small risk by 95%. Bladeless LASIK also decreases the risk of astigmatism and corneal abrasions.
- Bladeless LASIK makes LASIK eye surgery a possibility for a greater number of patients. Individuals with naturally thin corneal membranes may not be good candidates for traditional LASIK, but can receive corrective eye surgery because lasers can be used to create thinner, more precise flaps.
- Dry eyes are often a concern after LASIK, and may prohibit those with a natural predisposition to dry eyes from receiving the surgery. However, bladeless LASIK is associated with a lower incidence of postoperative dry eye development, improving comfort and vision quality in those who receive it.
This procedure allows surgeons to correct more severe nearsightedness and results in less inflammation, less corneal complications, and quicker recovery time.
Who qualifies for bladeless LASIK?
Patients who are able to undergo traditional LASIK are most likely viable candidates for all-laser LASIK. However, it’s important to speak with our skilled ophthalmologists to learn if bladeless LASIK is right for you. Some patients with glaucoma should not undergo this procedure, as it can alter eye pressure.
For those who have mild/moderate myopia, hyperopia, and/or astigmatism, as well as adequate corneal thickness, bladeless LASIK surgery may be a great option. Bladeless/laser LASIK surgery creates flaps via infrared laser energy that allows tiny overlapping spaces to appear directly below the corneal surface. The femtosecond laser used in the bladeless LASIK procedure uses incredibly high speeds, allowing targeted tissues to be divided at a molecular level without heating or negatively impacting surrounding tissues.
The cost of bladeless LASIK is often a little more expensive than traditional LASIK due to the technology and innovation involved, but many patients prefer the bladeless approach, and financing options are usually available.
Contact us today to learn more about LASIK or to schedule eye exams for everyone in your family. We’re committed to helping you see all that life has to offer. Call us now for extraordinary care!
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