I'd like to get a bladeless lasik and would like to know which is better: iLasik using IFS 150 Intralase or Z-LASIK Crystal Plus™ (which seems to be more commonly used outside of US)?
ILasik (IFS 150 Intralase) Vs Z-Lasik (Crystal Plus)?
Doctor Answers (3)
Intra-LASIK Versus Z-LASIK
My experience is almost entirely with the iLASIK. I have watched cases done with Ziemer and read about it. The two things that make me prefer the Intralase (iLASIK ) are that there is far more research into the safety of iLASIK, whereas the zLASIK (Ziemer) is much less established technology and the fact that the pattern of laser used by the Ziemer is similar in configuration to older keratome blades.
I have used both systems and seen no clinical difference. The skill and experience of the surgeon is far more improtant a factor in your outcome than the laser equipment used. Modern laser systems are all extrememly accurate and reliable. I would concentrate on finding a qualified surgeon with whom you feel comfortable.
Fake "bladeless" LASIK vs true NON-CUTTING LASEK
people choose "bladeless" LASIK because they want improved safety over LASIK
getting a flap cut w a laser is about 10-20% safer
the brand doesn't really matter
in contrast, avoiding the cut altogether w LASEK is 10x safer, or 1000% safer
there is however, a longer recovery
all of our patients choose a safer procedure w better final vision and no dry eyes over a faster recovery the first week
Emil Chynn MD