You’ve had enough of glasses. You’ve never been able to bear putting something in your eyes, leaving contacts as an impossible option for you. You just want to be able to open your eyes every day and see the world around you the way it is meant to be. You don’t want anything on your face or getting in your way. You’ve decided you want to go for blade-free Lasik surgery. Before you move forward with a laser surgery on your eyes, it’s important that you know what to expect during this popular procedure. Know the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions as you prepare to get the clear vision you have always wanted.
How Does Blade-Free Lasik Surgery Work?
When you have Lasik surgery, a corneal flap is created in order to allow Dr. Patel to change the shape of your cornea. By altering the cornea, you will be able to see clearly. In the past, the flap was made by a mechanical instrument known as a microkeratome. The microkeratome is still used today. It’s a type of surgical instrument that uses a tiny blade that creates the corneal flap. However, it is not as precise as what is used in a blade-free procedure.
During a blade-free procedure, laser light is directed at the cornea in short, fast pulses. The laser can create a flap, but there is no need to cut the cornea. Thanks to advances in technology, the procedure is computer-assisted, taking into account the dimensions of your eyes in order to make sure your corneal flap is specifically designed for you. Once the flap has been created, our eye surgeon can complete the procedure by shaping your cornea.
Why Choose Blade-Free Lasik?
When you opt for blade-free Lasik, the entire procedure moves on more quickly. You can expect improved precision with the flap. This can lead to a better outcome from your procedure. You can also reduce the number of side effects that are associated with Lasik surgery, such as dry eyes or halos around lights. Many patients prefer blade-free Lasik surgery because no surgical instruments will be making contact with their eyes.
Is Blade-Free Lasik Right for You?
The only way to know if blade-free Lasik is a good option for you is to see your eye doctor. You need an evaluation of your eyes to make sure they are healthy, you have no underlying conditions that could be a concern, and your problem with your vision can be corrected with laser surgery. Every patient is unique. Your eye doctor will be able to determine if you are a good candidate. If you are, you can be connected with an eye surgeon who specializes in Lasik surgery. Some eye surgeons no longer perform Lasik with a blade anymore. If there is an option for blade-free or traditional Lasik, talk with Dr. Patel at the Wichita Vision Institute to find out what is best for you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.