Blade Free LASIK - Intralase
What Is Blade-FREE LASIK, or FS-200 Bladeless LASIK?
Traditional LASIK surgery uses an instrument called a microkeratome for the creation of corneal flaps. The microkeratome is a fine, oscillating, hand-held steel blade that creates a cut as it travels across the cornea. While effective, the microkeratome has not changed significantly in 30 years of use in refractive surgery, and the quality of the outcome relies heavily on the skill of the individual LASIK surgeon performg the procedure.
The new IntraLase LASIK surgery, by contrast, eliminates the need for ophthalmologists to use a blade at all. Instead, this computer-controlled Blade-FREE LASIK technology works by delivering rapid pulses of light, a quadrillionth of a second each, to a pre-programmed depth and position within the cornea. Each pulse forms a microscopic bubble. As the IntraLase laser moves back and forth across the eye, the bubbles are then connected to form the corneal flap.
Also in contrast to a microkeratome, which simply delivers a one-dimensional cut, the blade free LASIK IntraLase procedure enables the eye surgeon to precisely design and control many aspects of the flap itself, such as its thickness, its circumference, and the angle of its edges, effectively customizing the flap to the individual patient's eye. This is of particular benefit to patients who have steep, flat, or thin corneas, as they may not have been candidates for traditional LASIK surgery.
Choosing the LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure That's Right For You
Because of the many differences in technologies and your individual vision correction needs, it's important to discuss all of your options with a qualified ophthalmologist like the LASIK Eye Surgeons at Houston Eye Associates. Only a LASIK expert can determine whether traditional LASIK, Allegretto Wave LASIK, or the Bladeless IntraLase Method would be right for you. As with all elective eye surgery procedures, you should ask your ophthalmologist for a complete list of the risks and complications associated with LASIK and the IntraLase Method.