No-cut LASIK, also known as bladeless LASIK, is an all-laser procedure that enhances the safety and success of traditional LASIK. While traditional LASIK utilizes a hand-held microkeratome blade to create the corneal flap needed to access the inner layers of the cornea, bladeless LASIK uses a femtosecond laser to precisely and gently create the flap. By eliminating the use of the blade, bladeless LASIK reduces the risk of complications and improves the precision of laser vision correction.
New York LASIK surgeon Dr. Sandra Belmont of Belmont Eye Center understands that no two patients’ visual needs are exactly the same. For this reason, she is pleased to offer patients bladeless LASIK in addition to traditional LASIK to ensure precise and successful results for all patients.
Traditional LASIK vs. Bladeless LASIK Results
Bladeless LASIK has been used safely and successfully on millions of patients. One of the biggest advantages of this procdure is that it virtually eliminates flap-related complications. Instead of using a microkeratome blade to create the flap, bladeless LASIK uses a femtosecond laser to deliver tiny pulses of laser light. This eliminates the possibility of human error and results in more predictable outcomes.
Although traditional LASIK is highly successful, studies have shown that bladeless LASIK improves upon the quality of vision produced by traditional LASIK. Bladeless LASIK can achieve 20/20 vision as well as reduce or eliminate the need for glasses. Bladeless LASIK patients also report clearer vision in low light conditions.
Bladeless LASIK typically takes 15 minutes to complete and is virtually painless. Prior to the procedure, Dr. Belmont will take measurements of the eye to determine the patient’s specific visual enhancement needs. The curvature of the eye will be measured, and the measurements will be used to guide the laser during the procedure. During the procedure, Dr. Belmont will use the excimer laser to create the thin corneal flap on the surface of the cornea. The flap is gently folded back to reveal the underlying layers of corneal tissue. Next, Dr. Belmont will use an excimer laser to alter the curvature of the cornea, correcting the refractive error.
Once this step is complete, Dr. Belmont will place the corneal flap back into its original position. The flap will gradually seal itself, without the need for stitches or sutures.
Like traditional LASIK, bladeless LASIK involves a short recovery. Patients will need to rest for the remainder of the day and avoid strenuous exercise, reading, watching TV or rubbing the eyes. Blurry vision and haziness is to be expected immediately after surgery. This is only temporary; most patients notice an improvement in their vision the next day. Patients will need to meet with Dr. Belmont for a follow-up appointment the day after surgery so the surgeon can monitor the eyes’ healing progress.
Bladeless LASIK Candidates
Ideal candidates for bladeless LASIK are those who:
- Are age 18 and over
- Have had a stable prescription for at least a year
- Have blurry vision due to a refractive error (e.g., nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism)
- Want to reduce their dependency on prescription eyeglasses and contacts
- Are in good overall health
- Have good eye health and are free of eye injuries or diseases
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Belmont
To learn more about no-cut, bladeless LASIK surgery, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Belmont. Call Belmont Eye Center at (212) 486-2020.