Modern day advancements are making eye surgery, especially LASIK surgery, much easier and safer. LASIK is traditionally performed using an instrument called a microkeratome, a circular blade that makes a thin incision in the cornea. Now, lasers are quickly replacing the microkeratome, improving accuracy and reducing flap-related complication.
The type of laser used to create incisions in the cornea is called an excimer laser. This advanced technology has been making its way into almost every refractive surgeons office. While traditional LASIK is still considered safe and effective, the bladeless method is quickly becoming the standard in LASIK surgery. The excimer laser emits a cool beam of ultraviolet light to precisely remove corneal tissue. When the surface of the cornea is reshaped correctly, it allows light to focus properly onto the retina for clear vision.
There are many reputable excimer lasers on the market today, some of the best and most popular being the Technolas 217z, Nidek EC-5000, Visx Star S4 and Alcon LADARVision 4000.
If you are considering LASIK surgery, your doctor can educate you about what to expect and which method is best for you. With the excimer laser, your doctor can customize your surgery to your individual eyes! There is much less room for error or inaccuracy using the excimer laser. Patients get peace of mind knowing that they are getting the best technology we have to offer, with the best doctors in the area.