Do You Really Want to Use a Blade During Your LASIK Eye Surgery?
Patients who are considering LASIK eye surgery often discover the fact that there are various types of surgery. There is Blade LASIK, and Z-LASIK eye surgery. The latter surgery is often called "All Laser LASIK (blade-less)" because the surgeon does not use a blade but a precise Laser to create the flap.
Originally, LASIK surgery depended on the use of a microkeratome for the cutting of a thinly-hinged flap on the cornea. This is basically a hand held device with a very sharp scalpel on the end of it used by the surgeon to cut a flap on the surface of the eye. This flap is folded back in order to unveil the cornea's middle layer or stroma. A very precise laser, which is known as an excimer laser, reshapes the surface of the cornea and corrects its refractive error. Then, the flap is repositioned and used as an organic bandage. This particular type of surgery is referred to as blade LASIK. You may be aware that many of the discount LASIK operations offer this type of surgery and have been accused of cutting corners.
In 1999, Lasik surgery was revolutionized by the introduction of an exciting new technique that is known as Blade-less LASIK surgery. This is how Robbins Eye performs LASIK surgery using the Femtosecond laser to create the flap during the surgery. Why do we do it in this manner in spite of the fact that it costs more to use this type of precision equipment? The answer is simple!
Considering that the most important aspect of either form of Lasik surgery is the flap creation. We believe the laser flap has better flap predictability. We also believe there is less possibility of complications with the laser flap. Complications might include flap discoloration, partial flap, free flaps, wrinkled flap and other conditions that keep you from having perfect vision. We believe that our method of "All Laser LASIK or blade-less" surgery is safer than microkeratome (blade) LASIK. It is that simple.