The technologies used to perform LASIK eye surgery are important parts of the process, and that includes the laser platforms used to perform the procedure. LASIK surgeons utilize highly specialized excimer laser, which emits a cool ultraviolet light beam, to gently reshape the cornea and treat common vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
In recent years, our TLC centers have additionally incorporated advanced femtosecond laser technology to allow our surgeons to deliver bladeless LASIK for our patients. There are different variations of these laser technologies, each provides its own unique set of clinical benefits, and best possible clinical results can be achieved when the surgical treatment is properly selected to complement your needs.
Laser Eye Surgery Technology
The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) requires all lasers used in laser eye surgery to be tested with rigorous standards. In order to gain FDA approval, the manufacturer of the medical device needs to prove that it is both safe, and effective for its indicated purposes. The FDA continues to monitor medical devices after their approval, to ensure continued patient safety, so look for FDA-approved laser technology when considering LASIK surgery.
Bladeless LASIK Laser Technology
Bladeless LASIK, which is sometimes referred to as all-laser LASIK, allows our surgeon to perform the entire LASIK procedure – including creation of the corneal flap tissue – with laser technology. The laser instrument used at TLC Laser Eye Centers to create the flap is called a femtosecond laser. By using an infrared laser in flap tissue creation, rather than a conventional blade, Bladeless LASIK allows your surgeon more precision in customizing optimum flap tissue architecture and controlling treatment depth. Therefore, Bladeless LASIK may also be an option for people with thin corneas, who were unable to have LASIK with traditional technology.
Custom LASIK Laser Technology
Wavefront-Optimized LASIK technology, also known as Custom LASIK, is a popular treatment option for laser eye surgery patients. Compared to a conventional LASIK procedure, custom LASIK offers an enhanced degree of personalization, which assist your surgeon to better provide vision correction while maintaining integrity of essential optical features on the eye.
Topography-Guided LASIK Laser Technology
Like Custom LASIK, Topography-Guided LASIK allows your surgeon to better customize and personalize your laser eye procedure. Topography-Guided LASIK incorporates the most recent topography technology from Contoura® Vision, which captures the unique curvatures of each individual eye and allow detailed assessment of their corresponding visual impact. Additionally, the latest Wavelight® EX500 Excimer Laser and its advanced software are other key components of the process. The measurements captured by the advanced topographer provide your surgeon with supplemental data to customize a treatment plan that further targets the specific needs of your eyes. The personalization details will then guide the Wavelight® Ex500 laser to correct your specific visual needs.
Choosing the right LASIK procedure is an important decision, and one that is best made with the help of your laser eye surgery team. An experienced team will be able to fill you in on all the details about the LASIK technologies available, and help you make the choice that best fits your unique needs.
Are you interested in learning more about LASIK technology, and discussing your laser eye surgery procedure options with a knowledgeable team? It starts with scheduling your free LASIK consultation at your local TLC Laser Eye Centers location. You can schedule your consultation by phone, or by completing a brief form on our website. Your free consultation is the perfect opportunity to learn more about LASIK, meet your surgeon and surgery team, and find answers to your laser eye surgery questions.