While LASIK is a
relatively low risk surgery, bladeless LASIK eliminates the one area
where most complications arise, the metal blade. Aside from the fear it
strikes into the heart of those who fear traditional surgery, it
still has a very human error rate in a very difficult low-percentage
While many people who
are rejected for LASIK are rejected for thin corneas, bladeless
LASIK offers these people a second chance. IntraLase lasers offer a
more controlled environment in the bladeless LASIK surgery. Instead of cutting through
with a blade, the laser is guided by computer technology.
The IntraLase laser
allows for more curvature during the bladeless LASIK surgery,
reducing the margin for error.
The fact that it is a laser and not a blade also lends to the
idea of avoiding infections or contaminations. Bladeless LASIK prevents
long-term recovery that accompanies most surgeries.
Prior to LASIK a lot
of people had unsafe or imperfect surgeries to correct vision that
eliminated them from the opportunity to try LASIK. With bladeless LASIK, these
potential customers get a second chance because of the near 100%
success rate of the procedure.
Some patients follow
traditional LASIK with follow-ups to make other corneal flaps or
Bladeless LASIK with InterLase appear to have reduced the
possibility of this happening.
The natural reaction
to the thought of bladeless LASIK is that it eliminates the need for
a practiced and season doctor to perform the surgery. While it may be true to a
point, the fact is that bladeless LASIK requires a good deal of
knowledge in physics and engineering.
While surgeons may
have only been required to have knowledge of medicine and anatomy in
the past, they now must be computer savvy. The advantages of bladeless LASIK
seem to boil down to two basic ideas, a higher success rate and less
chance of follow-up procedures.