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At Tidewater Eye Centers we are committed to using proven, advanced technologies to provide the very best vision results. Our iLASIK® technology allows us to provide 100% blade-free LASIK for a safer, faster and more precise way to create the corneal flap (the first step in any LASIK procedure).

The i in iLASIK

The i in iLASIK refers to the IntraLase™ FS (femtosecond) laser. This ultra-fast laser generates energy at a precise depth to separate corneal tissue and create a thin flap that can be gently folded back to allow access to the underlying corneal tissue. The remainder of the procedure is the same as in traditional LASIK: the cornea is reshaped using a different excimer laser.

It should be noted that the iLASIK procedure also incorporates Wavefront-guided technology prior to the actual procedure. The eye measurements (over 1,200 points of data) gathered during this process are used to create an extremely customized vision correction plan for your unique eyes.

Benefits of iLASIK

In traditional LASIK the doctor uses a hand-held blade (microkeratome) to make the corneal flap. Many patients are not good candidates for this method due to having thinner corneas.

By switching to all-laser LASIK, the procedure can be performed on a wider range of patients. The computer-guided incision methods are ultra-precise and the eye mapping technology is 25 times more accurate than standard glasses prescription measurements. Other benefits include:

  • Increased safety
  • Quick visual recovery
  • Reduced risk of dry eye
  • Enhanced flap stability
  • Better vision results

To learn more about blade-free iLASIK in Virginia Beach, Portsmouth or Chesapeake, VA, schedule your free LASIK Consultation today.