Today’s Lasik Gold Standard
Will Vision and Laser Centers introduced “Bladeless Lasik”, alternatively known as “All laser Lasik”, to the Pacific Northwest in 2002. Today the “Bladeless Lasik” method of performing laser vision correction is recognized world-wide as the most advanced and safest method of performing Lasik surgery.
With the “Bladeless Lasik” method, only laser energy is used for the entire Lasik procedure. In contrast, with older traditional Lasik, the first step of the procedure is performed using a steel bladed microkeratome that slices the eye’s surface.
US Military Only Uses Bladeless Lasik
Don’t just take our word for it. The US military has studied Lasik technology for years because when you are flying a state-of-the-art military jet at supersonic speeds in combat, perfect vision is not a luxury. Although standard microkeratome-based Lasik had been around for many years, concerns about the harsh aviation environment had previously prevented its use in U.S. military aviators. Military eye surgeons had been understandably cautious of employing standard microkeratome Lasik on aviators who frequently encounter environmental extremes such as high altitude, dry air, windblast and ‘G’ forces.
Now that has all changed thanks to “Bladeless Lasik” technology. According to Capt. Steve Schallhorn, Navy Program Manager for Refractive Surgery, “Wavefront guided Lasik using the “Bladeless Lasik” method represents the best-of-the-best and is a truly exciting advancement for critical personnel whose sight is of utmost importance in their military duties.”
World Wide Acceptance
Today, more than 2,000 surgeons worldwide have incorporated the “Bladeless Lasik” method into their Lasik practices. In fact, all of the top U.S. ophthalmic teaching institutes use the “Bladeless Lasik” laser technology to train future generations of Lasik surgeons.
How it Works
“Bladeless Lasik” provides us with the first technology for a truly all-laser, blade-free Lasik procedure, replacing the hand-held microkeratome blade historically used in creating Lasik corneal flaps. The “Bladeless Lasik” laser virtually eliminates all of the most severe, sight-threatening Lasik complications related to use of the microkeratome and provides for better visual outcomes — taking many patients to 20/20 vision and beyond.
The VisuMax® and iFS® femtosecond lasers used at Will Vision are gently docked to the eye and precisely focused to a point within the cornea. Generating up to 500,000 pulses per second they create thousands of microscopic bubbles that create the incision within the cornea. Along the flap edge, bubbles are then stacked up at a beveled angle that enhances wound healing – a feature unique to the “Bladeless Lasik” method — to the corneal surface to complete the flap. From start to finish, the flap creation portion of the “Bladeless Lasik” method typically takes approximately 15 seconds.
The physician then exposes the smooth corneal surface by lifting the flap and reshaping the cornea with the excimer laser. The Lasik procedure is complete when the flap is securely repositioned and carefully aligned to the beveled edge.
With the “Bladeless Lasik” method, the surgeon can precisely control the critical first step of Lasik. Physician-programmed laser specifications include flap diameter, depth, hinge location and width, and side-cut architecture — factors which can be varied to meet patients’ needs. The “Bladeless Lasik” method creates a distinctive beveled-edge flap, which allows for precise repositioning, alignment and better adherence after the LASIK procedure is completed. This feature creates stronger healing, a stronger eye and helps reduce the risk of flap displacement, a complication seen with microkeratome flaps.
Safest Technique with Better Visual Results
Beyond improving the safety of the procedure, Lasik using the advanced “Bladeless Lasik” method has been shown clinically to deliver better visual outcomes in both standard and Custom Lasik procedures with more patients achieving visual acuity of 20/20, 20/15 and even 20/12.5. These remarkable results are the product of the optimized corneal surface prepared by the femtosecond laser in creating the corneal flap. The precision of the laser creates the smoothest corneal bed thereby providing the ideal surface for the vision correction performed by the excimer laser in the second step of the Lasik procedure.
The good news is that you don’t need to be a military aviator, fly supersonic combat jets or travel to outer space in order to appreciate Bladeless Lasik. At Will Vision and Laser Centers we have been using the “Bladeless Lasik” method for over fourteen years. In fact, we introduced the technology to the Pacific Northwest in 2002. Dr. Will actually pioneered the technique and has been instrumental in refining the technology.
Other generic Lasik centers may tout that they have “Bladeless Lasik”, but many frequently still offer the old blade technology at a discount. These centers need to take some advice from the US military – if you can’t use the best technology, then you’re better off to do nothing at all.
Better Technology, Better Results, Better Vision
Want to see what the future of laser vision correction looks like? Don’t wait for generic Lasik centers to show you. Contact Will Vision today and see for yourself. Wavefront-guided technology combined with the “Bladeless Lasik” method is the most advanced laser vision correction procedure possible. We provide only the best and most advanced technology available on the planet. There’s nothing extra to purchase or upgrade to because every patient at Will Vision and Laser Centers receives the “Bladeless Lasik” method. By delivering tomorrow’s technology today, we are revolutionizing the way you see the world.