LASIK is performed by making a small flap in the cornea (the clear covering of the eye) using a special cutting instrument called a microkeratome. In bladeless LASIK, a laser makes the incision in the cornea instead of a microkeratome. Hence the name “bladeless” LASIK.
Not necessarily; healing and recovery are similar, and both techniques can achieve significant improvement in your vision. Once the incision is made, the rest of the technique is the same – the corneal flap is lifted, and a laser is used to gently reshape the cornea and remove defects and aberrations. Some doctors believe that using a microkeratome results in a faster procedure and greater patient comfort; others find bladeless LASIK has fewer potential risks and offers greater precision. You can go home the same day, no matter which technique is used. Dr. Cohen is experienced in both bladeless and “traditional” approaches. During your consultation, he will review all your treatment options so you can feel confident you are making the best and most informed decisions about your care.
Presbyopia is a common condition affecting people over the age of 45, making it difficult to read or perform other close-up work without glasses. Some patients can have presbyopia corrected by using a lens for distance vision in one eye and near vision in the other eye. Not every patient can adapt, so the technique is usually “tried out” with contact lenses first.
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Bladeless LASIK can address the same issues as traditional LASIK, correcting vision problems including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism (blurry vision that occurs because the cornea is irregularly shaped).