Technology plays an essential role in the results you will achieve from your LASIK procedure. It can be confusing to patients when different technological terms are used to explain the difference between blade-free LASIK and LASIK. In reality there are two steps, that both should be done with a laser, to consider the procedure blade-free all-laser LASIK:
- Creation of the corneal flap
- Correction of the shape of the cornea
When LASIK was first performed, the first step of creating the corneal flap was executed with a microkeratome. The microkeratome is a metal blade that makes a very fine incision on the outer layer of the cornea. Some doctors still use the microkeratome for this step.
Newer technology allows for a laser to create a very precise flap. At Colorado Ophthalmology Associates, we use the IntraLase® Femtosecond Laser. This is the first laser which is precise enough to allow for corneal flap creation. The IntraLase eliminates the need for a traditional metal blade microkeratome.
The second step, correcting the cornea, can only be completed with a laser. We use the VISX Star S4 IR™. The VISX combines Variable Spot Scanning and ActiveTrak™ 3-D Eye Tracking to provide our surgeons with the best possible treatment options for our patients.
Allegretto WaveLight IQ
The new Allegretto WaveLight® EX500 is the fastest refractive laser platform in the U.S., and has enhanced precision and the broadest range of prescription treatments.
VISX Star S4 IR
- Delivers benefits of Iris Registration (IR) which compensates for eye movement
- Conserves tissue by optimizing treatment times and minimizing thermal effects on the cornea
- Eliminates the need for dilation; the laser tracks on the natural pupil
- Adjusts for any eye movement with ActiveTrak™ to further improve treatment accuracy
Knowing the difference between blade-free all-laser LASIK and other LASIK procedures can mean the difference between 20/20 vision or something less.
The state-of-the-art technology used by Colorado Ophthalmology Associates can treat the unique characteristics of your eye that create your myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism.
Call us today for a free LASIK Consultation.