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3 Advantages Of Blade-Free LASIK

3 Advantages Of Blade-Free LASIK

Monday, August 13, 2018
by Solomon Eye Associates

When you think about LASIK surgery, you may be surprised to learn that the surgery, which primarily uses a laser, sometimes still implements the use of a blade. This is because using a blade makes it easy to create a flap in the cornea, which allows your cornea to be reshaped with a laser. However, there is another method of LASIK that is blade-free. Instead of using a blade to create the corneal flap, a laser is used. Blade-free LASIK is considered the most advanced form of LASIK available. Keep reading to learn more about blade-free LASIK and if you qualify as a LASIK candidate!

1. Blade-Free LASIK Creates A More Precise Corneal Flap

When a surgeon makes an incision with a blade, the precision of that incision is completely dependent on the surgeon’s skill. While most surgeons who are qualified to perform LASIK are highly skilled, there are always limits due to human error. In blade-free LASIK, a device called a femtosecond laser is used to create the corneal flap. This laser can be precisely programmed and eliminates the possibility of human error. As a result, blade-free LASIK has a significantly lower rate of complications.

2. Ability To Correct Errors During Surgery

A large part of why blade-free LASIK is considered safer is because the femtosecond laser has the ability to correct problems while the corneal flap is created. Although rare, a surgeon performing LASIK with a traditional microkeratome blade runs the risk of the blade coming loose while cutting the corneal flap. If this happens, the flap could becoming frayed and irregular, leading to potential complications. During blade-free LASIK, if a problem is detected while the corneal flap is being created, the laser can be reprogrammed immediately. Because there is no physical blade being used, the femtosecond laser can start over without your LASIK surgeon worrying about complications or frayed edges on the corneal flap.  


3. Lower Risks Associated With Blade-Free LASIK

Due to the precision of a femtosecond laser and its versaitility, there are fewer risks that are associated with blade-free LASIK. The risks with LASIK procedures are minimal, but the one risk that LASIK carries is the potential for complications due to an irregular flap. Blade-free LASIK elminimates that risk almost entirely.


Though there are less risks with blade-free LASIK, the procedure itself is a few seconds longer, and some patients find it less comfortable than traditional LASIK performed with a microkeratome blade. During blade-free LASIK, your eyes will be completely numbed so you won’t feel any pain when the laser reshapes your cornea. Since blade-free LASIK is considered a premium procedure, it is more expensive than traditional LASIK. If you have any concerns or questions about your procedure, be sure to ask your doctor at Solomon Eye Associates to ensure you’re comfortable with all aspects of the procedure.  


Want to learn more about LASIK surgery? Contact Solomon Eye Associates today to schedule an evaluation at one of our three convenient locations!


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