Femtosecond Technology

Optician explaining eye structure

Femtosecond Technology – Blade Free LASIK Atlanta

Blade free LASIK is a breakthrough laser technology used for improved safety with LASIK eye surgery in Atlanta and elsewhere. Listed below you can see the Femtosecond LASIK advantages:

Femtosecond Blade Free Advantages

  • More precise flap creation
  • More precise flap thickness
  • More uniform flap creation
  • Larger candidacy potential

When LASIK first appeared as a laser vision correction procedure, a microkeratome was used to create the corneal flap. Over the years, ophthalmologists have found, when complications arise from LASIK, they are typically from a poorly created corneal flap. Unlike mechanical instruments, the Femtosecond blade free LASIK technology is uniquely able to program the dimensions of your flap based on what’s best for your eyes. While the standard method of flap production has been reliable and very effective, the use of the Femtosecond laser gives our surgeons the ability to make a thinner, precise flap, leaving more corneal tissue for the correction of higher degrees of refractive errors.

Ophthalmology laser microscope operation.

The Femtosecond laser creates your flap from below the surface of the cornea without ever cutting it. This process is done in a series of steps:

  • Ultra-fast pulses of laser light position microscopic bubbles at a precise depth predetermined by your doctor.
  • The laser light passes harmlessly through your cornea. Then, the laser creates rows of these bubbles just beneath your corneal surface, as it moves back and forth across your eye in a uniform plane.
  • Next, the Femtosecond laser stacks bubbles around your corneal diameter to create the edges of your flap. These bubbles are stacked at an angle that is determined by your doctor and is individualized to the way your eye is shaped.
  • The process takes only about 30 seconds from start to finish, and it’s quiet and comfortable.
  • Your doctor then gently lifts the flap to allow for the second step of your LASIK treatment. When treatment is complete, the flap is gently put back into position and the healing process begins.

Why Blade Free LASIK? What Are the Benefits of Bladeless LASIK Technology?

Although the complication rate for LASIK eye surgery is low, 1% or less, most complications are flap-related rather than laser-related. These flaps are often too thin, irregular, and incomplete.