LASIK has long been the standard in laser vision correction, but recent advances in technology have led to the development of a revolutionary new procedure known as Blade-Free LASIK.
Blade-Free LASIK is a completely bladeless approach to refractive surgery. Because of the greater precision afforded by this Blade-Free approach, accuracy and safety is maximized while the possibility of complications is greatly minimized.
All LASIK is essentially a two-step process. In the first step, a thin protective flap is made in the cornea. In the second step the vision is actually corrected when a laser gently reshapes the cornea to a more ideal form. Until recently, the flap was created using a physical hand-held blade. But with Blade-Free LASIK, this flap is now made with a precision laser. This allows for a much safer, more accurate flap creation which can be customized to each patient’s eye.
After the procedure is complete, the flap is then gently folded back into place where it bonds naturally with the eye with no need for stitches. Because of the aforementioned increase in accuracy, safety, and customization, the flap is able to be more securely repositioned. Therefore, the possibility of flap-related complications is significantly reduced.
An added benefit of this increased accuracy and predictability is that people who had formerly not qualified for refractive surgery may now be candidates.
At Eye Clinic of Wisconsin, we are committed to using the most advanced technology and the most refined procedures to help our patients achieve the best possible results. And so we are pleased to offer the unprecedented precision and consistency of Blade-Free LASIK.
Eyes are like fingerprints. No two are alike, and our surgeons and laser team believe your treatment should reflect this fact. Custom LASIK allows us to treat your eyes with an unprecedented level of personalization.
Traditional laser vision correction addresses nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism by generally reshaping the cornea with a broad laser beam. Custom LASIK however, uses a small spot or scanning beam laser that can address very subtle visual imperfections, called higher order aberrations, located throughout the eye’s refractive system, including the lens, retina and cornea.
Eye Clinic of Wisconsin’s advanced laser has the ability to treat different parts of the cornea differently, based on a special 3-D map of the eye called a wavefront analysis, leading to better results and fewer side effects.
WaveFront DiagramFor your wavefront analysis, you will sit in front of a machine that projects a pattern of light into your eye. The light passes through the cornea and lens and is reflected off the retina back into the machine. If there is an aberration affecting refraction in any part of the eye, it will show up in the returned image.
Using sophisticated software, we then create a map that guides the laser to specifically treat any area where the pattern is out of position, distorted, incomplete, or fuzzy.
Eye Tracking Technology
Where your vision is concerned, only the highest degrees of accuracy and precision are acceptable. Your eye moves hundreds of times every minute, even when you think you are holding it still! Our laser employs sophisticated eye tracking technology in order to accommodate these tiny, visually imperceptible movements, which are known as saccadic eye movements.
No matter how many tiny movements your eye makes per second, the laser will always remain precisely aligned, ensuring smooth and accurate treatment and a better visual outcome for you. If your eye moves too far, the laser will automatically shut off.