With constant advancements in medical technology, patients benefit from LASIK surgery now more than ever. Like a lot of different eye surgeries, LASIK surgery has undergone a lot of transformations since its inception. While traditional LASIK surgery has always been considered a safe and effective procedure, today we also use the more advanced bladeless LASIK. So, what are the main differences between traditional and bladeless LASIK? Why would you want to choose one over the other?
Traditional and Bladeless: What’s the Difference?
The main difference between traditional and blade-free LASIK is the use of a blade. During traditional LASIK surgery, the surgeon uses a microkeratome to create the necessary corneal incision. During bladeless LASIK, the surgeon uses a special laser called a femtosecond laser to create the incision.
Advantages of Bladeless LASIK
Bladeless LASIK surgery comes with a couple benefits over traditional LASIK surgery. It is considered extremely safe, precise and effective. There are fewer complications associated with bladeless LASIK. Bladeless LASIK surgery also has extremely high success rates, with more patients experiencing 20/20 vision or better.
Another big advantage that bladeless LASIK has over traditional LASIK is that it allows more patients to undergo LASIK. Many patients with severe refractive errors were previously not able to receive LASIK surgery, but with the customizability of bladeless LASIK, vision correction is now available to a wider range of people!
Advantages of Traditional LASIK
While the word “traditional” LASIK may sound more like “outdated”, this is anything but true. Traditional LASIK using a microkeratome is still widely performed and is considered very safe. Traditional LASIK is also best for those with glaucoma, or who are at risk for glaucoma, because less pressure is put on the eye. During bladeless LASIK, suction is used to keep the eye still while the laser does its job. This can cause pressure on the eye, which is uncomfortable to some but not painful. During traditional LASIK, there is a much shorter period of pressure.
If you are interested in LASIK surgery, Dr. Hamilton at UCLA will work with you to determine which method best suits you. LASIK surgery, no matter the method, is an incredibly effective and safe procedure. If you are tired of contact lenses and glasses, call UCLA today for your LASIK consultation!