What is All-Laser LASIK Eye Surgery? Three Steps to Better Vision

Understanding Your Eyes
Understanding Your Eyes

At Providence Eye, we invest in proven, leading-edge technology. Mapping your cornea is a critical step in determining if you are an ideal LASIK candidate. We utilize several of the most advanced corneal mapping systems including the Pentacam® system and the Wavelight® Topolyzer VARIO Diagnostic Device. Each person’s eye processes light differently and has a different curvature; the mapping is unique to each patient just like their fingerprint.

Creating the Flap
Creating the Flap

Creating the corneal flap is the first step of all-laser LASIK eye surgery. Utilizing a laser rather than a microkeratome (blade) is truly paramount to producing optimal long-term results. Although it is industry standard to make the flap with a laser as opposed to a blade, there are practices in the Carolinas still utilizing a blade. Dr. Mozayeni and Dr. Nunnery create the corneal flap using the WaveLight FS200 Laser.

Reshaping the Cornea
Reshaping the Cornea

Reshaping the cornea is the second step of all-laser LASIK eye surgery, and the step when your vision is corrected. To reshape the cornea, Dr. Mozayeni and Dr. Nunnery utilize all the data that was gathered during the LASIK consultation, specifically your corneal mapping. The information obtained from the Pentacam & VARIO shows your surgeon the cornea in detail so he can determine how to reshape it. The flap is gently opened, exposing the underlying tissues of the cornea, which can then be reshaped using the WaveLight EX500 Laser.

Advantages of Blade-Free, All-Laser LASIK

All-laser LASIK eye surgery was introduced in 2002 and has proven to be a safer, more precise and more predictable method for LASIK vision correction. Millions of procedures have been performed worldwide using all-laser LASIK technology. It is now accepted as the safest and most accurate technique compared to blade LASIK eye surgery, which has more risks involved.

    • Truly customized flap – ensuring a better outcome
    • Lower Risk – virtually eliminates the risk of complication during the procedure by utilizing a computer-controlled laser rather than a blade
    • Faster Procedure
    • Increased Comfort for the patient

    All-laser LASIK is also known as I-LASIK and Z-LASIK. These procedure names are dependent on the laser manufacturer. It is important to understand which lasers are being recommended specifically for you, the patient. Unlike Providence Eye & Laser Specialists, some LASIK practices have multiple “levels” of LASIK technology. Although they may highlight their best technology, you may learn that your procedure would be done with a different, possibly older laser or maybe even a blade. It's important to understand the differences between LASIK technology and the expertise of the LASIK surgeon utilizing the technology.

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