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Wavelight FS200 at Spectrum Lasik

Over the past few years, laser vision correction has proven itself as effective, predictable, and one of the most commonly performed elective procedures in the nation.  In its early development, the first generation approach to LASIK (often referred to as “traditional” LASIK) involved a bladed device in the first of its two steps.  In step one, a thin flap was created with a handheld bladed device (a microkeratome).   The second step consisted of reshaping the cornea with an excimer laser.   The majority of the problems associated with LASIK are largely related to the use of a handheld, bladed microkeratome.

At Spectrum Lasik, a blade-free femtosecond laser is used to gently create a picture perfect corneal flap.  This was once done by the bladed microkeratome.  Eliminating this device has removed all blade related complications.  Spectrum was the first LASIK provider in the Upstate to purchase a femtosecond laser.

Even though using a mechanical microkeratome is a very cost effective approach for surgeons, Dr, Parisi does not even keep one in the surgery suite.  He says, “it almost like comparing an iPod to an 8 track player…Why would you keep it around when technology has evolved”.  There are a substantial number of FDA trials that also prove the benefits of an all-laser procedure.  Those results, combined with our commitment to your visual health require us to only offer patients the most advanced technology.  We have invested in the best for our patients so that you can enjoy stellar outcomes.  Dr. Parisi and the rest of his staff have not and will not compromise on quality. 

The Wavelight FS200 laser makes the flap within 6 seconds and it works with a precision of one trillionth of a second. This procedure is fully computer controlled and has proven to be far more efficient than any handheld, bladed microkeratome.  The FS200 also comes with a high resolution microscope, for excellent, continuous visibility throughout the procedure.  This reduces the deviations that typically happen when using a manual microkeratome. The majority of American ophthalmologists have accepted the bladefree method and it has also become extremely popular in Europe.

In summary, the main benefits of bladeless LASIK include:
  • Extreme precision, allowing the surgeon to maintain corneal integrity
  • Fast and clear visual recovery with less frequency of halkos and glare
  • Reduced night vision problems due to fewer induced higher order aberrations.
  • Fewer dry eye issues as less nerve fibers are cut.