Blade-Free or Bladeless All-Laser LASIK Eye Surgery
All Laser Bladeless LASIK
All Laser Bladeless LASIK is the most common type of laser eye surgery for vision correction we perform at Eyecare Medical Group in Portland. LASIK is a type of eye surgery called “lamellar eye surgery” because it is performed between the layers of the cornea. In this advanced procedure, a “flap” is actually created using a femtosecond laser. LASIK is actually a three-step procedure:
- During the first step, one of the EMG surgeons will create a “flap” under which the laser vision correction is to be applied. EMG surgeons have safely and effectively created LASIK “flaps” using a mechanical instrument called a microkeratome for over 14 years for many thousands of patients. Today, in order to provide the utmost in safety and efficacy, the LASIK surgeons at EMG create the LASIK “flap” with a femtosecond laser so that their surgery will actually be done as a bladeless All-Laser LASIK procedure.
- The second step is to carefully fold the “flap” over and allow the inner layer of the cornea to be visible so that the laser energy can be applied. The actual application of the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q® Laser can take from 2-15 seconds depending on the amount of correction that you require.
- During the third or final step, your eye surgeon will replace the “flap” into its original position and allow it to adhere in position. The LASIK flap is remarkable in that it heals in position without requiring the use of sutures or stitches.
- During your LASIK consultation at Eyecare Medical Group, the eye surgeon and the staff will make a recommendation regarding the type of laser vision correction that will help you achieve the best possible results based on the type and amount of optical correction you require as well as the health and structure of your eyes and cornea.
Understanding Possible LASIK Risks, Complications & Side Effects
LASIK is surgery. The LASIK Surgeons at Eyecare Medical Group take their obligation and commitment to patient well-being very seriously and feel it is important that each and every patient considering LASIK take the time to fully understand the possible risks, complications and side effects of LASIK. We will be reviewing these with you at your consultation in order to make certain that you have the opportunity to ask any and all questions and be sure that you are comfortable with how these might apply in your individual situation. We will take meticulous care before, during and after your LASIK surgery to minimize or avoid any risks, complications and side effects. HOWEVER, LASIK is surgery and it is important for you to understand the limitations and possible complications of Laser Vision Correction. The following is an overview list of the possibilities: