The femtosecond laser eliminates the need for a bladed surgical tool to create the corneal flap. No surgical blade of any kind is needed in all-laser LASIK.

In addition to putting patients at greater ease (knowing that no blade will be used on their eye) advantages of bladeless, femtosecond laser LASIK include:

  1. More predictable corneal flap thickness
  2. Decreased risk of corneal abrasions during surgery
  3. Decreased risk of induced astigmatism after LASIK

Also, in some cases, a femtosecond laser may make it possible to create a thinner corneal flap, which could enable the surgeon to safely correct higher amounts of nearsightedness.

The femtosecond laser also gives  more options in flap size, shape, and orientation, for a more customized LASIK procedure for each patient’s needs.