At Griffin & Reed Eye Care, we only conduct LASIK surgery one way – the best way. That means we only use the technology and procedure that we feel is the best, and offers our patients the highest level of safety and most predictable results. It is why we only offer blade-free, all-laser LASIK.
What Is Blade-free, All-laser LASIK?
In the LASIK procedure, a temporary “flap” is created on the surface of your cornea, where precise laser treatment is then applied to the underlying tissue to laser your personalized, custom treatment to your cornea. The flap is then placed back in position and works like a natural “bandage” to accelerate healing, without stitches.
Historically, conventional LASIK used a mechanical cutting device (microkeratome) to create the corneal flap in LASIK surgery and many providers still use this method due to the expense of newer technology. Today, blade-free, all-laser LASIK has replaced older mechanical technology and uses a laser to create the temporary corneal flap.
Type of Lasers Used in All-laser LASIK
Blade-free, all-laser LASIK use two different types of lasers.
Femtosecond laser – At Griffin & Reed Eye Care, we use the Ziemer Z4 femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap in your LASIK surgery. We believe it is the most effective and safest technology available and provides our surgeons, and our patients with the confidence to create a safe, consistent and precise LASIK flap.
Excimer Laser – The excimer laser is used to apply the corrective treatment to the underlying corneal tissue that precisely adjusts your vision to your custom prescriptive needs. Here again, we only offer the latest and most accurate excimer laser available (the Alcon WaveLight® EX500 laser).
Blade-free, All-laser LASIK vs. Mechanical Microkeratome LASIK
The femtosecond laser used in blade-free LASIK offers the surgeon a more safe, accurate and flexible means to create the corneal flap.
- Some patients with thin corneas were deemed unsuitable for LASIK with conventional LASIK, due to the risk that the microkeratome would not leave enough tissue under the flap. Many of these patients are now candidates with blade-free LASIK.
- Blade-free may cause fewer complications by creating flaps that have more defined, angled edges; where microkeratome blades create a thinner flap that may dislocate more easily.
- Bladed Microkeratome machines limit the surgeon’s ability to vary the flap’s hinge location, where the femtosecond laser allows surgeons the ability of 360-degree placement of the hinge.
- Blade-free LASIK may reduce the chances of eye infection. Mechanical blades may drag in debris or other contaminants under the flap that may lead to eye infections.
For these and other reasons, Griffin & Reed Eye Care only offers patients blade-free, all-laser LASIK. Why would we offer you anything less than the best? Why would you choose anything less than the best?
If you were told in the past that you are not a candidate for LASIK because of thin corneas, or if this is your first inquiry into LASIK surgery and you want the safest option, give us a call at (916) 485-2020.