Bladeless Laser Eye Surgery: 4 Types of Operations

By: Jacksoneye
November 17th, 2015

bladeless laser eye surgeryAs modern technologies continue to influence different sectors including the medical industry, various treatments to cure one’s illness can also benefit to this development like in the conventional approach being used for a Lasik surgery. Nowadays, patients who undergo a Lasik procedure can now choose a more advanced method, bladeless laser eye surgery.

Bladeless Laser eye surgery laser types

  • Femtosecond laser – this type is designed to create a thin flap which is temporarily lifted from the cornea.
  • Excimer laser – its light is directly applied to the exposed surface of the eye and the tissue is removed following a specific pattern to reshape the patient’s cornea.

4 kinds of bladeless laser technologies


The IntraLase is the very first laser eye surgery approved by the FDA for bladeless Lasik procedures in 2001. This kind of operation can be used alongside any other approved excimer laser intended for Lasik eye surgery requirements. It is the most commonly used to make flaps in the United States.


zLasik also known as the Ziemer Femto LDV was approved by the FDA in March 2008. The femtosecond laser used is connected to a movable arm device and can also be combined with any approved excimer laser type method used to make a flap for bladeless Lasik.


This is another bladeless procedure that uses the femtosecond laser which gained FDA approval in 2004 and can also be combined with any approved excimer laser system used for bladeless Lasik procedures.


Visumax is also a FDA approved bladeless type procedure in 2007 wherein the femtosecond laser is combined with the Carl Zeiss Meditec Mel 80 excimer laser outside the US. As the latter is not approved yet in the US, this is not a viable option in the United States.

How does a bladeless laser surgery work?

The bladeless Lasik eye surgery must only be performed by the best Lasik surgeon with proven record of successful results to patients who have availed this delicate procedure. Here, the eye surgeon uses a femtosecond laser guided with computer software. The beam is applied directly to the central layer of the patient’s cornea which results to the creation of a corneal flap. A tiny portion of the tissue at one edge of the flap is left uncut, so that the eye surgeon can assess and reshape it for any visual correction afterwards.

Benefits of a bladeless Lasik treatment

  • Lower incidence report of dry effect among patients who chose this procedure.
  • Fewer enhancements are required after the laser treatment.
  • Individuals with thin corneas can now avail this latest laser surgery.

Top advice

Ask your eye specialist if you are a suitable candidate for a laser eye surgery. Determine the possible post-operative complications as well as the prevailing prices being offered. Compare the results of your survey and make a wise decision where you will gain the most promising visual improvements at the end of the laser treatment.

In Jacksoneye we provide complimentary bladeless laser eye surgery consultations before the patient’s final decision. It’s even more accessible for the residents of Naperville, North Chicago, Grayslake, Antioch, Rockford, Lake Villa, Highland Park, Round Lake, Evanston, Lake Zurich, Elgin, Gurnee, Skokie, Oak Park because of Jacksoneye office location in Lake Villa, Illinois. Don’t hesitate to schedule a free consultation with a help of the form at the page or by phone 847.356.0700.