What is iLASIK?

July 29, 2013 — by Dr. Gregory Stainer
Tags: Lasik Laser Vision Correction Refractive Surgery

What is iLASIKLASIK surgery has been growing in popularity over the years. By undergoing LASIK, patients can see clearly without the aid of glasses or contact lenses. Advances in technology have steadily improved the effectiveness and safety of laser eye surgery.

That brings us to iLASIK, which is the best possible LASIK that a patient can undergo. Since the word is relatively new, we'd like to go over it in basic terms so that prospective patients understand what it involves and how it can benefit them.

The Most Advanced Form of LASIK

iLASIK is the most advanced form of laser vision correction available today. Using great steps forward in technology, iLASIK combines custom LASIK with bladeless/all-laser LASIK, which means a number of excellent benefits for the patient. Let's look at what's involved in both custom LASIK technology and bladeless LASIK technology, starting with custom LASIK.

Custom LASIK Surgery

Custom LASIK surgery uses the latest in digital mapping technology to scan the surface of the eye. You see, the cornea is reshaped during the LASIK procedure so that light passes through the eye and focuses on the retina properly.

This digital mapping of custom LASIK allows eye care specialists to pinpoint minor imperfections on the surface of the cornea. This information is fed into a computer, which is then used to guide the LASIK laser in the surgery, allowing the surgeon to fix both major and minor corneal imperfections.

The Benefits of Custom LASIK

Traditional LASIK surgery is only able to treat lower order aberrations, which are more commonly known as refractive errors (myopia/nearsightedness, hyperopia/farsightedness, and astigmatism).

Custom LASIK can treat lower order aberrations as well as higher order aberrations, which are visual imperfections (e.g., glare, starbursts, halos) caused by minute vision issues with the corneal surface.

All-Laser LASIK

In the past, traditional LASIK involved the use of a small metal instrument called a microkeratome. This instrument would carefully create the flap on the topmost part of the cornea that allowed the LASIK laser to achieve corneal reshaping.

All-laser LASIK sounds just like what it is. There is no longer any need to use the microkeratome. Instead, a special laser is used to accurately create the corneal flap.

The Benefits of All-Laser LASIK

While LASIK surgeons have always done their best to ensure patient safety, all-laser LASIK enhances the safety of the LASIK procedure. There is reduced chance for human error, and very little chance of infection as well.

What iLASIK means for the Patient and Their Results

Since iLASIK joins custom LASIK and all-laser LASIK technology, this means that patients will undergo the safest and most accurate form of laser vision correction possible. There is reduced risk during the procedure and better overall results when the surgery is completed. iLASIK offers so many great benefits to patients, which is why it's considered the best refractive surgery option right now.

Schedule a Consultation for Laser Eye Surgery

For more information about iLASIK and your many other options for advanced vision correction, it's important that you meet with skilled eye care professionals. To schedule an appointment, be sure to contact our Bakersfield LASIK surgery centers today. Our team looks forward to meeting you in person and discussing these matters in greater detail.

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