All-Laser No Blade LASIK
Our experienced laser eye surgeons, Dr. Thomas E. Clinch, Dr. Paul C. Kang, and Dr. Adam J. Gess use advanced laser vision correction techniques that do not require a surgical blade to come anywhere near the eye. Alcon’s Wavelight® Refractive Suite, including the FS200 femtosecond laser system and excimer laser technology, makes it possible for our doctors to perform an all-laser LASIK procedure and provide you with an even safer and more precise vision correction.
No Blade Corneal Flap Creation
LASIK involves the creation of a corneal flap, followed by the reshaping of the cornea to improve refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Traditionally, the first step of this procedure has been performed with a microkeratome – a unique surgical blade designed to create the corneal flap. With the Wavelight® FS200 femtosecond laser, the microkeratome is not necessary. The corneal flap is created with the F200 laser – which is a computer-guided laser technology designed to produce the most accurate and precise results possible without the need for a surgical blade. The FS200 is known as one of the world’s fastest femtosecond lasers, and typically creates the flap in just six seconds.
After the creation of the corneal flap, the Wavelight® Suite’s advanced excimer laser will be used to correct visual refractive errors and help you see more clearly – ultimately reducing your reliance on glasses or contact lenses. The best part? The entire procedure is virtually painless.
The Treatment Process
FS200 Femtosecond Laser for Corneal Flap Creation
The FS200 femtosecond laser uses a beam of light to place thousands of bubbles in the central layer of your cornea. These bubbles expand to create a space between the corneal flap and the rest of the cornea, allowing the surgeon to easily lift the flap during the Custom LASIK procedure without using a blade.
Excimer Laser for Vision Correction
Once the corneal flap is created, a state-of-the-art excimer laser will precisely reshape the cornea to improve your vision. Like the FS200 femtosecond laser, the excimer laser is known to be one of the world’s fastest lasers. In fact, many treatments take just a few seconds per eye.
Why EDOW Eye Surgeons Recommend the F200 Femtosecond Laser Treatment
Our surgeons recommend the F200 femtosecond laser our Custom LASIK patients for the following reasons:
Precision: The FS200 creates a precise flap of predetermined thickness and size.
Safety: The flap is created with bubbles rather than a blade so the formation of an irregular flap is exceedingly rare.
Speed and comfort: the flap is typically created in about six seconds, and the procedure is virtually painless.
Outcomes: the all laser LASIK approach can result in faster healing and even better quality of vision.
For many years, the mechanical microkeratome was the only option to create the laser flap. While the overall results with a microkeratome were good, the flap size and thickness could not be precisely controlled. Despite proper placement by the surgeon and good patient cooperation, the microkeratome occasionally created a flap that was irregular in size or thickness. These irregular flaps required the surgeon to postpone the procedure for 3-6 months and created permanent visual distortions.
The all-laser LASIK technique has made it possible to reduce procedure risks, enhance outcomes, and diminish patient anxiety while undergoing treatment. The laser eye surgeons at Eye Doctors of Washington perform this technique with all of our LASIK procedures.
Schedule a Consultation with Eye Doctors of Washington
If you would like more information on all-laser LASIK treatment, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our vision care specialists, please contact Eye Doctors of Washington.