Bladeless or Femto LASIK

By William Goldstein on July 17, 2012

Detroit Bladeless LASIKThere are few forms of surgery that have revolutionized a field of medicine quite like LASIK eye surgery. Since the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the excimer laser to correct flaws in the shape of the cornea, millions of people have achieved visual independence through LASIK. At the practice of Dr. William Goldstein in Detroit, LASIK has proven to be a safe, extraordinarily successful surgery, and has allowed thousands of patients to see clearly without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Traditionally, LASIK has been performed with the use of an extremely precise blade, a microkeratome, that is used to create a flap in the upper layer of the cornea. It is through this flap that the excimer layer accesses the underlying layers of the cornea that need to be reshaped in order to correct visual errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. While the success rate and safety record of traditional LASIK have been outstanding, the procedure, as with all surgeries, did carry some degree of risk. Some of these risks involved problems with the creation of the corneal flap, as well as its ability to heal.

Recent advances in LASIK technology have helped to minimize risks involving the corneal flap through the introduction of all-laser, bladeless LASIK. As its name implies, bladeless LASIK does not require the use of the microkeratome to create the corneal flap; rather, a precision femto-laser is used for that phase, dramatically improving the accuracy of an already highly accurate procedure. At our laser vision correction center in Detroit, bladeless LASIK is making it easier than ever for patients to see the world around them like never before possible.

Advantages of Bladeless Femto LASIK

While rare, complications with the corneal flap in LASIK do occur. The microkeratome is a true precision tool; however, a handheld blade - no matter how thin, and no matter how talented the hands controlling it - is not capable of the pinpoint accuracy of a computer-guided laser. With bladeless LASIK, the already small risk of flap complications becomes practically negligible.

In addition, the femto-laser makes it possible for a wider range of candidates to undergo LASIK. In the past, patients with thin corneas were ruled out as suitable candidates for the procedure and had to opt for alternatives such as PRK instead. Although such alternatives produce results of similar excellence, many of these patients now have the choice to undergo bladeless LASIK and enjoy crystal clear vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Bladeless LASIK is just one of the advanced procedures offered at the practice of Dr. William Goldstein in Detroit. Implantable contact lenses, LASEK, ReLEX, and other hi-tech procedures are also available to qualified candidates. Whatever your vision care needs, you can rest assured that we will find the solution that is just right for you.

Contact Dr. William Goldstein Today

If you would like to see the world around you with renewed clarity, we invite you to contact our laser vision correction center in Detroit to learn more about bladeless LASIK today.

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