When one comes across the term “bladeless” in LASIK, one expects it to be not involving the use of a ‘blade’. In other words, the expectation is also that there is no ‘cut’. This is misleading. It is definitely a method where the automated instrument called the ‘microkeratome’ used in Wavefront LASIK is not used.
However, not many are aware that there are different types of Bladeless LASIK. All LASIK centres in India may not offer these treatments to you, as they may not have the 3 different technologies required for it.
3 kinds of All-Laser LASIK or laser treatments that we perform at Aditi Eye Care and Laser Centre , Wakad, Pune:
- Bladeless Femtolaser or Femtosecond Wavefront LASIK
- Bladeless Eye SMILE- ReLex – FleX laser treatment
- Bladeless Wavefront EpiLASIK or Surface Ablations
Which of these treatments is best for your eyes and your lifestyle is determined during a thorough LASIK evaluation examination with Dr Aditi our LASIK surgeon.
Read on for further information on these treatments and the reasons we recommend them for.
Bladeless Femtolaser Wavefront LASIK – Many use synonym terms such as i-LASIK, intralase etc. for this procedure. This laser treatment involves the making of a corneal flap, but by using a Femtosecond laser instead of a microkeratome. Hence, termed ‘bladeless’. After this step, a second laser is ALWAYS needed (the excimer laser) to treat the powers. Here we use the Zeiss VisuMax laser to create the flap and the Concerto 500 Hz laser to treat the powers.
Many people assume that using a good Femtosecond laser gives a successful treatment; many end up focusing on only the ‘bladeless’ part of the procedure disregarding or ignoring the other more important steps of the LASIK/ laser treatment.
The Femtosecond laser was introduced with the sole purpose of reducing flap-related complications and creating more precise flaps. That is all! It is Not a replacement for lasers which actually treat the powers. This laser does not treat powers, and only helps in the first step involving creation of the ‘corneal flap’. But, the second laser which is applied is more important as this laser is the one that reshapes the cornea and treats the powers…the reason for your visit to the eye surgeon!