Femtosecond Laser

Here at Global Laser Vision we offer our patient’s all-laser, bladeless Lasik. The bladeless Lasik procedure uses a Femtosecond Laser to create a flap in the corneal tissue without the use of a blade, also known as Microkeratome. The Femtosecond Laser is the first step in the Lasik procedure and gently creates and lifts up the corneal flap, so an Excimer Laser can then be used to reshape the cornea, thus correcting the patient’s vision.

At our center we make sure to offer our patients the most advanced refractive technology, which is why we recently introduced the WaveLight® FS200 Femtosecond Laser. This advanced laser offers our patients top precision, safety and speed. The WaveLight® Femtosecond Laser offers are patients:

  • Greater speed resulting in increased patient comfort and safety, creation in approximately 6.0 seconds
  • All Laser option, no blade
  • Increased precision of flap creation

How is Femtosecond Laser Technology different from other refractive technology?

The Femtosecond Laser is the all-laser option for Lasik, other older technology, like microkeratome, requires a blade to make the corneal flap. A microkeratome, or blade Lasik, is a hand-held instrument or tool that is comprised of a steel blade that moves back and forth across the cornea during laser eye surgery to create the cut that is required to make the corneal flap. A microkeratome instrument is universal and is capable of only making a one-dimensional cut across the cornea. Since the cut is one-dimensional and the steel blade waivers back and forth, there are chances of an irregular surface once the flap is lifted, thus affecting the outcome of your vision. However, with the Femtosecond Laser the flap is created in a very different way, the laser precisely positions a layer of bubbles right in the central layer of corneal tissue, thus creating an even surface once the flap is raised. A Lasik procedure using the Femtosecond Laser, results in a blade never touching your eye.

Femtosecond vs Bladeless Lasik

Femtosecond Lasik offers a huge advantage when it comes to patients who were once deemed unable to receive laser vision correction due to corneal thickness. With this new advanced technology candidates who were denied Lasik due to their cornea being too thin, can now be reevaluated to see if femtosecond, bladeless, Lasik can offer them the chance to receive Lasik eye surgery.  A majority of patients have a corneal thickness of 500 to 600 microns. When it comes to Lasik there are certain precautions that the surgeon must take to avoid serious Lasik complications and one is making sure that the refractive patient has enough corneal thickness left under the flap. The Femtosecond Laser can make a much thinner corneal flap than blade Lasik, or microkeratome, thus leaving more corneal thickness for better postoperative outcomes, resulting in a greater number of good candidates for laser vision correction surgery.

Our commitment is to provide you with ultimate comfort, safety and outstanding vision results while delivering it all blade free. If you have any questions regarding our WaveLight® Femtosecond laser or want to see if bladeless, all laser LASIK is right for you, call our office at 619-243-2444 to set up a complimentary Lasik consultation!

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