I would really like to know if bladeless lasik is technically the same thing as ilasik? Or is ilasik just a TM name? Do you get the same results of bladeless lasik as you do with ilasik? LasikPlus says they use bladeless lasik (intra-something lasik). Is that ilasik that Dell Laser and all the other ilasik people are using? Or is it a make shift version of ilasik with the same concept? If so, does it produce the same quality results?
Does LasikPlus Use iLasik? Is Bladeless Lasik the Same As Ilasik? Which is Best?
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Blade Free LASIK and iLASIK
There are more than one blade-less procedures, and all of them are generally much safer than using a blade. Any laser procedure that either uses a femtosecond laser to form the flap (iLASIK, Intra-LASIK, Z-LASIK) or utilizes no flap (PRK, LASEK) is a blade-less procedure. iLASIK is a trademarked term for LASIK with Intralase to form the flap and Iris Registration during the treatment using a VISX Star4 laser. The Intralase is the best studied femtosecond laser for making the LASIK flap and Iris Registration means that
1) The VISX laser will only treat the correct eye and
2) the laser follows the eye horizontally, vertically, and rotationally during the procedure.
This is the safest form of LASIK.
The technology for cutting the flap for LASIK using a laser has been given many different names. There are several different laser manufacturers who produce all-laser LASIK. The technology has advanced over the years as well so the All-Laser LASIK of today is better than it was 5 years ago.
The quality of the results does therefore differ between the older lasers and the newest femtosecond laser technology. It also varies with the experience and skill of the surgeon. Make certain that the clinic you choose has upgraded at every opportunity and that their surgeon has significant experience with the femtosecond laser.
Cutting vs noncutting surgery
Ilasik and IntraLase and Bladeless LASIK and femtosecond laser all mean the same thing ie I'm cutting your eye ie the cornea and making a flap but w a laser not a metal blade like in lasik
This is a bit safer ie less flap complications and a thinner flap which allows for a thicker and stronger cornea in the end