Houston Bladeless LASIK (iLASIK)
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a life-changing procedure during which a laser is used to reshape the cornea of the eye, which corrects flaws responsible for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Today, there are many types of LASIK procedures. Since the origination of LASIK, there have been big advancements such as iLASIK or IntraLase, a bladeless LASIK procedure.
LASIK vs iLASIK (Bladeless LASIK)
In a nutshell, the traditional LASIK procedure requires a blade or incision, while iLASIK is more well known as bladeless LASIK. Traditional LASIK surgery requires a microkeratome, a sharp surgical blade used to create an incision in the cornea. Most patients who undergo the iLASIK (IntraLase or all-laser LASIK) procedure due to issues that can arise from traditional LASIK procedures.
The iLASIK Procedure
The first step of iLASIK is the mapping of the eye using WaveScan technology. This leading-edge software is used to create a three-dimensional map of the cornea, which allows our surgeons to identify vision flaws unique to each patient’s eye. The data from the WaveScan map is then used to calibrate the excimer laser, which reshapes the corneal tissue during surgery.
Once the data is obtained, a laser is used to create the corneal flap. The use of a computer guided laser to create the flap makes the procedure safe and precise.
The next step of iLASIK uses unique data taken from WaveScan, to correct even the smallest corneal flaws. The flap is then gently returned to its original position to act as a natural bandage for the eye.
Experienced Surgeons For Superior Results
The physicians at Eye Center of Texas have performed thousands of iLASIK procedures that have resulted in improved vision, eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses. The skilled and knowledgeable staff at the Eye Center of Texas will ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure and will provide full instructions for aftercare.
For more information on blade-free iLASIK surgery, Houston patients can contact the Eye Center of Texas for further information on this procedure.