Choosing between Traditional LASIK and Bladeless LASIK By William Goldstein on September 23, 2013

Ever since the introduction of bladeless LASIK procedure, a number of questions have risen regarding how it compares to the traditional procedure. Although not everyone is of the same opinion, there are also some areas in which one procedure excels over the other. Before undergoing the best Bladeless LASIK Shelby Township has to offer, learn more about the comparison between the two procedures. This can help you decide which one would provide you with the results you require.


Comparing bladeless to traditional LASIK


Bladeless LASIK differs from the traditional procedure in that the surgeon doesn't use a blade to create the flap in the cornea. The blade is replaced with a laser, which allows precise cutting of the cornea in a specific pattern. As a result,the shape of the cornea also gets altered and promotes better quality of vision.


The U.S Food and Drug Administration has approved both traditional and bladeless LASIK procedures. Clinical trails have shown that both procedures can improve the vision of patients. However, there will be some variations in the benefits of traditional LASIK and the most professional Bladeless LASIK Shelby Township has. Take a look at the following to find out more about these differences:


  • Both bladeless LASIK and blade-assisted LASIK rarely result in complications. It is important to note that the blade-assisted procedure may be more risky due to the possibility of complications related to the blade used for carrying out the treatment. This mainly concerns the risks of creating uneven edges when cutting the corneal flap. In these cases, the patient may experience defects in vision because of abnormal corneal surfaces.

  • Some cases of traditional LASIK surgery may result in a “buttonhole” flap created with a metal blade. The patient's vision can get affected by the scars that are likely to get formed as a result of this. According to many eye surgeons, the best Bladeless LASIK Shelby Township provides is less likely to cause this type of complication.

  • In bladeless LASIK, the laser penetrates the eye surface at an extremely fast rate, preventing extreme changes in temperature that can be harmful for your vision. The main complication that might occur with this type of surgery is sensitivity to light, which can be corrected through steroid treatments.


Just like the blade-assisted procedure, even the most reliable Bladeless LASIK Shelby Township provides, can also result in complications. However, choosing the right surgeon can lower your risks of experiencing any of these complications. Ask as many questions as you can before you decide to go for the surgery, so that you can ensure effective treatment and long-term results.

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William S. Goldstein, MD, has been practicing laser eye surgery since 1991. He was one of the first doctors to offer advanced eye care in all of Michigan and is a member of several prestigious organizations: 

  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

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