Standard vs All-Laser LASIK
You may notice as you begin researching options for LASIK surgery in Utah, that there are several “types” of LASIK Surgery promoted. You may have heard of traditional or standard LASIK compared to “all-laser” or “bladeless” LASIK. In traditional LASIK, the surgeon utilizes a surgical blade called a microkeratome to create a thin, hinged flap in the clear surface of the eye (cornea). The surgeon then lifts the flap and applies a laser treatment to reshape the eye to correct vision. With all-laser or bladeless LASIK, the flap is created with a femtosecond laser instead of the manual blade. Both procedures are considered very successful and effective in correcting vision, but each doctor and practice may have their own preferences to which technology they feel brings their patients the best outcomes. At The Eye Institute of Utah, we only offer all-laser LASIK procedures. It’s important to understand that both traditional and all-laser LASIK surgery offer risks of complications, and you should consult with a surgeon to determine if LASIK is right for you.
LASIK Technology at The Eye Institute of Utah
WaveLight Refractive Suite
The WaveLight Refractive Suite is the latest technology available for laser vision correction surgeries such as LASIK and PRK. The new laser suite integrates the fastest laser technology available in the United States to provide patients with better and more predictable outcomes. The state-of-the-art laser suite is designed not only for advanced laser refractive eye surgery, but patient comfort and doctor usability. The Eye Institute of Utah was the first practice in the the state of Utah to offer this technology to patients.
WaveLight FS200 Femtosecond Laser
The Eye Institute of Utah is proud to offer the fastest femtosecond laser in the world, the WaveLight FS200. For the first step of your all-laser LASIK procedure, your surgeon will utilize the FS200 to create a corneal flap with rapid pulses of laser light, creating a standard flap in only six seconds. This corneal flap will act as a natural band-aid after your LASIK procedure.
WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser
The EX500 is the only excimer laser to operate at 500 Hz, utilizing Wavefront Optimized and Wavefront-Guided treatment options to customize patient treatments. The EX500 is used to reshape the cornea and reduce irregularities in the eye to improve the patient’s quality of vision. The EX500 uses advanced, multi-dimensional eye tracking technology, which reduces the potential for patient fixation fatigue. Your surgeon will also be able to communicate your unique patient data between lasers due to advanced data transferring capabilities, which adds to the safety and efficiency of your vision correction surgery.
Intralase Blade-free LASIK (IntraLASIK)
The IntraLase method, also known as IntraLASIK, produces a better quality corneal flap than the microkeratome (hand held thin blade). IntraLase may be used to create your corneal flap in the first step of your LASIK procedure. The IntraLase method works by providing rapid pulses of laser light to create a flap in the cornea.
IntraLase has been performed successfully on thousands of eyes. Clinical studies show that patients who have IntraLase achieve 20/20 vision or better more often that those having the standard LASIK technique. At the Eye Institute, we strive to provide the best technology to bring our patients the best results!