Bladefree LASIK

If you were not a candidate for LASIK eye surgery prior to Blade-FREE LASIK you could possibly now be a candidate. Given the wavefront technology and bladeless LASIK technology additions to LASIK, the doors are now open for some previously unqualified candidates. Contact our New Jersey LASIK expert to schedule a new pre-operative evaluation to see if you now qualify.

Intralase Method

Traditional LASIK eye surgery involved creating corneal flaps with a device called a microkeratome. The Microkeratome is a hand held device with small oscillating steal blades on the end. This device creates a cut as it travels along the cornea. prior to the excimer laser treatement. The microkeratome a very effective tool used today, however the microkeratome has not changed significantly in over 30 years. Over the years ophthalmologists have found that when complications arise from LASIK they are typically from a poorly created corneal flap done with a microkeratome. Intralase LASIK also known as Blade-FREE LASIK is bladeless method of creating a corneal flap needed for LASIK eye surgery

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Unlike traditional LASIK surgery the new intralase LASIK eye surgery eliminates the need for the ophthalmologist to use a blade at all. The Blade-Free Lasik technology, which is computer controlled, delivers rapid pulses of light a quadrillionth of a second each to the corneal tissue. These pulses are pre-programmed to a specific depth and position of the cornea before the procedure begins. The pulses of light create microscopic bubbles inside your eye. As the laser moves back and forth across your eye, the bubbles are connected which then form the corneal flap.

Unlike mechanical instruments, the IntraLase blade-free LASIK technology is uniquely able to program the dimensions of your flap based on what's best for your eye(s). Then the IntraLase laser creates your flap from below the surface of the cornea-without ever cutting it. This process is done in a series of steps:

  • Ultra-fast pulses of laser light position microscopic bubbles at a precise depth predetermined by Dr. Witlin.
  • The laser light passes harmlessly through your cornea. Then the laser creates rows of these bubbles just beneath your corneal surface as it moves back and forth across your eye in a uniform plane.
  • Next, the IntraLase laser stacks bubbles around your corneal diameter to create the edges of your flap. These bubbles are stacked at an angle that is determined by your doctor and is individualized to the way your eye is shaped.
  • The process takes only about 30 seconds from start to finish- it's quiet and it's comfortable.
  • Your doctor then gently lifts the flap to allow for the second step of your LASIK treatment. When treatment is complete, the flap is gently put back into position and the healing process begins.

Another reason Blade free LASIK is more efficient than tradition LASIK surgery is because it allows the surgeon to customize the creation of the corneal flap itself. Unlike the Microkeratome, which delivers a one dimensional cut, the Blade-FREE LASIK Intralase procedure allows the surgeon to adjust the corneal flaps thickness, circumference, and the angle of its edges. This gives the surgeon full customization of the corneal flap creation process. The reason this is so important is because it allows the surgeon to create a custom flap that was designed specifically for your eyes. It also gives patients who weren’t a candidate for LASIK surgery, due to a thin, flat or steep cornea, the option to have their vision corrected