Step 1 : Bladeless Lasik
The traditional method of creating a corneal "flap" is to use a motorized instrument called a "keratome", which uses a blade that oscillates at high speed. Several clinics still use this technology, even though it has some additional risks.
Laservue considers "bladeless" Lasik a superior technique for the reasons explained below. For these reasons lasik with a blade is no longer used at Laservue.
In "Bladeless Lasik" the "flap" is created by a "femtosecond" laser which delivers thousands to millions of pulses per second to a precise depth in the cornea. The incision is more precise. The advantages include increased safety with a softer treatment, a smoother incision, and a flap that is more solid. This often results in a better vision after Lasik surgery.
Bladeless Lasik with the ZIEMER Z6 PLUS femtosecond laser
Our new Ziemer Z6 femtosecond laser is a first in North America. It creates a flap in the cornea using millions of tiny pulsations per second. This « megahertz » laser is 1000 times faster than other existing lasers such as Intralase, Zeiss Visumax or the Wavelight FS200. Its pulses have 30 times less energy than other femtosecond lasers, thus creating a very precise and smooth flap without post-operative inflammation. Its precision allows us to create very thin flaps (around 100 microns thick). Our surgeons popularized this "Thin Flap Lasik" method over 10 years ago.
Step 2 : Customized Lasik
LASIK consists of changing the curvature of the eye surface (cornea), allowing the light rays to be redirected to focus on the retina of the eye. It consists of 2 steps.
First a "flap" or "cap" of a fifth of the thickness of the cornea is created with a "femtosecond" laser. Secondly, this "flap" is lifted and the cornea under the flap is sculpted by the second "excimer" laser, using the new "custom" or "customized" technology.
Customized Lasik with the Schwind Amaris laser
The Schwind Amaris is a latest generation laser approved by Health Canada in 2012. Clinique Laservue was the first in North America to acquire this technology. This laser has the most sophisticated eye tracker on the market, which follows your eye in "6-Dimensions" (see video below), thus assuring centration of the treatment even in the presence of microscopic eye movements during treatment. It is ultra-fast (500 pulses per second) and ultra-precise, and the vast majority of our patients achieve 20/20 vision the very next day.
Our surgeons have developed their own version of "Customized" Lasik which we call "Topo Zero". It has 2 additional advantages: