All-Laser LASIK (Bladeless LASIK)
The Gentle Way to Restore Sharp Vision
All-laser LASIK, also known as iLASIK or ZLASIK, depending on the laser used, is the method of choice when it comes to accurate, safe, and comfortable laser refractive procedures. All-laser LASIK corrects vision using a laser from the beginning to the end of the procedure. No scalpel touches the eyes. This is the most technologically advanced laser vision correction procedure available. The creation of all-laser LASIK is the result of the years of experience amassed while performing millions of procedures since laser vision correction technology was introduced over a decade ago.
With all-laser LASIK, a vast majority of patients experience the following benefits:
- » A comfortable and painless procedure
- » Sharper vision without the need for glasses for distance viewing
- » Great satisfaction with the visual outcome
- » Equal to or better than it was before wearing glasses
The Two-Step Laser Process
During the first step of all-laser LASIK, a laser creates an ultra-thin flap in the cornea by applying millions of tiny laser pulses. These pulses occur within .01 mm of the laser requirements defined by earlier diagnostic tests. The need for a blade is eliminated – the whole procedure is completely blade-free!
The flap, remaining hinged on one side, is then gently folded back, and the eye is ready for step two. Another laser performs the actual ablation of the corneal tissue located directly under the flap. It only takes a few seconds – then the flap is put back in place, where it adheres naturally to the eye.
Is All-Laser LASIK for Me?
When it comes to vision correction, one size does not fit all. Although many people are excellent candidates for all-laser LASIK, the procedure is not for everyone. Given that every patient’s situation is unique, only a thorough evaluation can determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
The ideal candidate is an adult with generally healthy eyes and a stable vision prescription. If you have certain eye conditions, such as dry eye, all-laser LASIK may still be an appropriate treatment option if the condition is controlled prior to the procedure. And there’s more good news: People with thin corneas who were once unsuitable candidates for LASIK, may now benefit from all-laser LASIK, thanks to its precision and its ability to consistently produce corneal flaps thin enough to now treat these types of patients.
Locations Offering All-Laser LASIK
Eye Health Partners & VisionAmerica (EHP & VA) provide this leading-edge refractive procedure for patients at our Birmingham, Gadsden, and Nashville clinic locations. Daniel K. Bregman, M.D., is a pioneer in bladeless ZLASIK technology, utilizing the Ziemer FEMTO LDV femtosecond laser, and is one of the premier refractive surgeons in the Middle Tennessee area. David Judge, M.D., and his dedicated team at VisionAmerica of Gadsden’s LASIK facility also utilize the femtosecond laser. They are frequently sought after by local patients thanks to their extensive experience. Dr. Matt Albright and his superior team at the Birmingham LASIK facility utilize leading-edge laser vision correction technology, including the IntraLase femtosecond laser and the VISX STAR S4 excimer laser platform, leading to rewarding results for their all-laser LASIK patients.
How to Find Out If You Could Benefit From All-Laser LASIK
All EHP & VA surgeons are experienced with a full spectrum of vision correction treatments to provide our patients with the care that best fits their specific needs. If you are not a suitable candidate for all-laser LASIK, some of the other treatment alternatives our surgeons can discuss are LASIK, PRK, Visian ICL, and refractive lensectomy. Please visit our contact page to schedule a consultation at one of our TN or AL centers or to find out if your optometrist can provide the initial evaluation.