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At Eye Consultants of Northern Virginia, we offer the latest in refractive surgery options, including Custom Bladeless LASIK. Our surgeon, Haresh Ailani, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist with subspecialty training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery. He has vast experience in refractive surgery, including LASIK and PRK.
We strive to provide you with the best patient experience and most advanced technology for your procedure:
We offer free LASIK consultation to evaluate candidacy
Our procedures are performed at TLC Laser Eye Centers - North America’s leading laser eye surgery provider
All pre- and post-operative care is included and we offer affordable pricing and financing
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Custom bladeless LASIK, or Intralase®, is an all-laser procedure that eliminates the need for a metal blade during surgery. The state-of-the-art IntraLase® technology replaces the microkeratome blade that has traditionally been used to cut the necessary corneal flap during laser vision correction procedures. IntraLase® uses laser energy to make a quick, painless incision. By replacing the hand-held blade with a computer-controlled laser, the risk of complications is virtually eliminated.
Compared to other methods, this minimally invasive and incredibly precise procedure decreases the occurrence of partial flaps, holes in the flap, and other traumatic flap complications that can be associated with a microkeratome blade.
Am I a good candidate for Bladeless LASIK?
An eye exam is required to see if you are a candidate for laser vision correction. Candidates must be:
18 years old to ensure that their eyes have matured
Stable vision without infection or injury for one year prior to surgery
No corneal scarring
Ideal candidates do not suffer from dry eye syndrome or any autoimmune disorder such as lupus or Sjogren’s syndrome
Bladeless LASIK Procedure
LASIK is performed on an outpatient basis at TLC Laser Eye Center using only numbing eye drops. If requested, patients can receive an oral sedative prior to surgery to relieve any anxiety about the procedure.
The entire surgery takes less than five minutes to perform, although patients can expect to spend a few hours at the laser center. While it may take several months for full results to develop, significant visual improvement is noticeable immediately after the LASIK procedure. Most patients eventually achieve vision that is 20/20 or better, and are able to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses.
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a laser vision correction procedure similar to LASIK. This method involves gently removing the epithelial corneal surface and sculpting the cornea with the laser. There is no flap made in the cornea as with the traditional LASIK. This method preserves the strength of the cornea, especially in highly nearsighted individuals and those with thin corneas.
Before LASIK was available, PRK was the most commonly performed refractive surgery procedure. LASIK brought about several advantages over PRK, including less discomfort and faster results, but PRK is still preferred for patients with large pupils or thin corneas who are not candidates for LASIK.