Bladeless LASIK Surgery
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 reduced the risk of complications and improved the precision of laser vision correction.
No-Cut LASIK eliminates the need for any cutting at all. Consequently, it provides the safest and most patient friendly option to our patients. At the time of the procedure, a drop is placed on the cornea that allows Dr. Belmont to brush aside its outermost cells. The excimer laser then reshapes the cornea to correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia. Once the excimer laser has reshaped the cornea, a bandage contact lens is placed to cover and protect the eye. Patients wear the contact lenses day and night for a few days, until the surface cells on the cornea have grown back. The bandage contact lenses are then removed in-office in the course of the first follow-up after No-Cut LASIK.
Dr. Sandra Belmont, a leading LASIK Surgeon in New York City, understands that no two patients’ visual needs are exactly the same. For this reason, she is pleased to offer her NYC patients bladeless LASIK in addition to traditional LASIK to ensure precise and successful results for all Belmont Eye Center patients.
ADVANCED SURFACE ABLATION (ASA)
Since its approval in 1999, LASIK had served as the procedure of choice for most refractive surgeons, as it allowed patients to achieve functional vision quite rapidly, at times even a few days after treatment. But, LASIK requires cutting the cornea to produce a superficial flap at a depth of about one-fifth of the cornea’s thickness. As a consequence, some side effects may take longer to resolve. The development of new types of refractive surgeries, collectively referred to as advanced surface ablations (ASA), has allowed doctors and patients to avoid the need for any cutting at all. These treatments include, among others: LASEK, epi-LASIK or e-LASIK; SBK; and the gold standard that is outperforming them all, advanced PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), or No-Cut LASIK. Visual improvement with advanced PRK now closely rivals LASIK, usually taking a few days to a week. The great advantage is that there are none of the side effects associated with LASIK. More and more surgeons now prefer no-cut laser vision correction, as visual outcomes are now exactly the same as with LASIK.
NO-CUT LASIK vs. conventional LASIK Results
NO-CUT LASIK has been used safely and successfully on millions of patients. One of the biggest advantages of this procedure is that it eliminates flap-related complications as there is no need for creating a flap at all, be it with a microkeratome or a femtosecond laser. NO-CUT LASIK eliminates the possibility of side effects or problems associated with making a flap and results in more predictable outcomes.
Although traditional LASIK is highly successful, studies have shown that NO-CUT 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. NO-CUT LASIK patients also report clearer vision in low light conditions.
At Belmont Eye Center in Manhattan, NO-CUT 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 a bandage contact lens on the cornea which patients will wear day and night for a few days, until the surface cells have grown back and reestablished themselves.
Like traditional LASIK, NO-CUT 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 for a few days after surgery. This is only temporary; most patients notice an improvement in their vision in just a few days. Patients will need come back to the office for a one week follow-up appointment after surgery in order to remove the protective contact lenses and monitor the eyes’ healing progress.
HOW LONG LASTING ARE THE RESULTS?
In most cases, No-Cut LASIK results are considered permanent. A small number of people might experience regression in the years following LASIK, but the need for repeat treatment is rare.
NO-CUT LASIK Candidates
Ideal candidates for bladeless LASIK in Manhattan 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
Why Choose Dr. Sandra Belmont?
As a top laser eye surgeon, Dr. Belmont has been the doctor of choice for celebrities & many patients from other parts of the nation. As the founder and director of a Corneal Fellowship Program, she has provided instruction to many of New York's other talented LASIK surgeons who are currently preserving and restoring eyesight to thousands of patients.
Doctor Belmont is fiercely committed to her patients. Her experience, reputation and attention to detail have made her a go-to choice for all types of surgical procedures and eye treatments.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Belmont
To learn more about NO-CUT LASIK surgery, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Belmont. Call Belmont Eye Center at (212) 486-2020.