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Bladeless LASIK Option

Bladeless LASIK approved for NASA astronauts

The highly advanced combination of the Advanced WaveLight EX500 excimer laser, combined with the safety of the WaveLight FS 200 (femtosecond) laser-created flap has proven in extensive clinical trials to provide excellent visual outcomes. This technology was approved by NASA after extensive review of the U.S. Navy's clinical data. The military has been at the forefront of investigating advanced LASIK, due to the extreme conditions military personnel, such as fighter pilots and marksmen, encounter.

Bladeless LASIK is the safest, most precise method available for creating the corneal flap as the first step in the laser vision correction process.

Bladeless LASIK utilizes the latest WaveLight FS 200 femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap. The laser focuses an infrared beam of light on the cornea to separate tissue through a process called photodisruption. The light is focused to a precise point within the central layer of the cornea, where each pulse of the laser creates a tiny 2- to 3- micron bubble of carbon dioxide and water vapor. Thousands of these microscopic bubbles are precisely positioned to define the flap's dimensions. Once the flap is completed, it is gently lifted back as the tissue separates where the bubbles have formed. The combination of an optimized repetition rate at 200 kHz, a special scanning algorithm, and customizable energy and spacing parameters make the WaveLight FS200 Femtosecond Laser the fastest flap creation laser platform in the U.S.

Once the flap is created, the WaveLight EX500 excimer laser is used to specifically target the exposed cornea, shaping it for your ideal vision. For this second step of the procedure, Dr. Furlong only offers Custom LASIK, which allows him to tailor the vision correction more precisely to each patient's specific vision requirements.

The entire bladeless LASIK procedure takes about 10 minutes, and most patients experience a quick, virtually painless procedure. It offers the potential for 20/20 or better vision with improved safety.