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What’s Better: Bladeless LASIK or Advanced Surface Ablation?

What’s Better: Bladeless LASIK or Advanced Surface Ablation?

Do you rely on glasses or contacts to see clearly, but dream of freedom from corrective eyewear? You may want to consider laser vision correction with the team at Laser Eye Center of Miami. Laser vision correction reshapes the cornea so light entering the eye can focus properly on the retina. This reduces or eliminates dependence on visual aids.

At Laser Eye Center of Miami, we offer two types of laser eye surgery: bladeless LASIK and advanced surface ablation. Each has its own benefits and candidacy requirements.

Bladeless LASIK At a Glance

To begin, the surgeon uses a femtosecond laser to create a thin, hinged flap on the surface of the cornea. Lifting the flap back, the surgeon uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea. After performing the laser treatment, the surgeon restores the flap back into place over the eye.

Benefits of Bladeless LASIK

  • Unlike traditional LASIK, no blade is needed to create the corneal flap
  • Rapid recovery with little discomfort
  • Precise
  • Safe
  • Great results

Candidates for Bladeless LASIK

One of the criteria for bladeless LASIK is a certain corneal thickness to withstand the creation of the corneal flap. Corneal thickness is measured during the initial consultation to determine whether there is enough tissue.

Advanced Surface Ablation At a Glance

Advanced surface ablation (ASA) is similar to bladeless LASIK except that no corneal flap is created prior to laser treatment. Instead, the surgeon loosens the outer layer of corneal cells (called the epithelium) using diluted alcohol, and gently removes the cells. After the procedure, a special chemical is applied to the eye to facilitate healing, and a contact lens is placed over the eye to protect it as it heals.

Benefits of Advanced Surface Ablation

  • Great results
  • Safe
  • Preserves the structure of the cornea better than bladeless LASIK because no flap is created
  • No risk of flap-related complications after surgery

Candidates for Advanced Surface Ablation

ASA is a good option for candidates who do not qualify for bladeless LASIK because their corneas are too thin. Since the outer layer of corneal cells is removed, the thickness of the cornea does not matter.

ASA is also a good option for patients who have physically demanding occupations and are at a higher risk of disturbing the healing corneal flap. With no flap, ASA may be a safer and more appealing option for professional athletes, first responders and those in similar positions.

Talk to Our Team about Your Options

Ultimately there is no “better” or “best” procedure, as everyone has unique circumstances and needs. The team at Laser Eye Center of Miami can help you find the procedure that is right for your needs and will help you accomplish your laser vision correction goals safely.

Call or email us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your laser eye surgery options.