In the early days of LASIK surgery, the flap in the outer layer of the cornea was created using a sharp instrument called a microkeratome, which was operated by hand. As if having a sharp knife cutting into your eye weren’t bad enough, this technique was fraught with multiple problems. Flaps were created with inconsistent thickness, flaps were more prone to wrinkling, flaps were more likely to slip out of position, scratches were more likely to occur on the surface of the eye, and visual outcomes were less predictable.
Thankfully, there is an alternative. At Vermont Eye Laser, all of our LASIK surgery is performed using bladeless all-laser technology. Instead of a microkeratome, we use a sophisticated femtosecond laser to create the flap in the cornea. This technique produces incredibly precise flaps that are customized to your individual eye, creates flaps that are far less prone to problems like wrinkling and dislocation, and requires no sharp instruments. In addition, you are more likely to achieve 20/20 vision with a laser flap compared to a microkeratome flap.
Bladeless flaps have been available in the United States since 2001, and since that time, hundreds of thousands of eyes have undergone successful LASIK surgery.
At Vermont Eye Laser, performing bladeless LASIK is not enough; we use only the most advanced technology in the industry to assure that we are providing you with the ultimate in comfort, safety, and vision.
Our state-of-the-art LASIK suite is equipped with the iLASIK all-laser platform. This includes the IntraLase iFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser, which is the most experienced, most reliable, and most trusted laser in ophthalmology for creating LASIK flaps. It also includes, for reshaping the cornea, the VISX STAR S4 IR Excimer Laser with CustomVue technology, iris registration, and ActiveTrak. Together with the WaveScan WaveFront-Guided system, this suite of instruments enables Dr. Larson and Dr. Saipe to measure unique imperfections in your eyes that previously could not be measured, and then to precisely correct your vision. The iLASIK platform is approved by NASA and the U.S. military, and it is the system most preferred by ophthalmologists themselves. It provides unparalleled results – and all with no sharp blades!