Dr. Schultze and Dr. Eden were two of the first surgeons in the area to perform all laser LASIK surgery, or bladeless LASIK. The difference between all-laser LASIK and traditional LASIK comes from the first step of the procedure.
In LASIK a corneal flap has to be created, and then is temporarily lifted from the eye so the laser can alter the shape of the cornea underneath this flap. In conventional LASIK surgery this flap is created using a very small blade. All-laser LASIK surgery has eliminated the need for this blade by using two different lasers during the procedure. The first laser, the femtosecond laser, creates a thin, hinged corneal flap that can be lifted temporarily from the eye so that the second laser, the excimer laser, corrects the abnormalities in the cornea. The corneal flap is then put back in place to serve as a bandage to help promote healing in the eye. The procedure still takes around the same time as traditional LASIK and recovery is still just as simple and smooth. Excellent vision is now more attainable than ever, and at Cornea Consultants of Albany we pride ourselves on our patient satisfaction.
With the femtosecond laser, the corneal flap can be cut with a precision that is unmatched by any mechanical blade. Your corneal flap will be created perfectly and smoothly with almost zero discomfort while you undergo the procedure. Complications with the LASIK procedure are extremely rare, however the metal blades used in traditional LASIK can create uneven flap edges, and an uneven flap edge can lead to abnormalities in the cornea. This can result in vision conditions like irregular astigmatism. All-laser LASIK results in even fewer complications that its conventional counterpart, making the procedure even safer so you can feel more comfortable the day of your surgery. Even though LASIK surgery is a recent innovation in the world of eye care, all-laser LASIK shows that the field is continuously improving and advancing to provide you the vision you want and need to live a happy and healthy life. Ask your physician at Cornea Consultants of Albany if the all-laser LASIK procedure can give you the sight you’ve always wanted.