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  1. Default iFS LASIK Corrects Vision with No Blades and Removes Risks Associated with Contacts

    Friday, January 22, 2010 1:16 PM

    Bladeless LASIK makes vision correction surgery safer than wearing contacts for many.

    Contact lenses are a great way to get rid of your glasses, but they come with some complications - especially if they're not properly cared for. Recurring eye infections can lead to corneal scarring and even blindness if not treated. For those who are candidates for LASIK, new advances have made it safer than ever.

    As featured recently on The Doctors, the Advanced IntraLase Femtosecond Laser (iFS) is a way to correct your eyesight without a single cut with a blade. Bladeless LASIK removes the primary risk factor of LASIK which was cutting the eye with a blade. New highly accurate lasers are available to create the flap for LASIK correction that are even an added improvement over first models.

    Dr. Chis Cabler of the laser vision center in Houston, TX says, "The iFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser is the latest iteration of the IntraLase Femtosecond Laser. The major difference is that the newer version is purported to provide a more stable LASIK flap due to an inverted bevel side cut. Theoretically, this should keep the flap in place and avoid “striae” or wrinkling." Dr. Cabler uses the original iFS laser and says, "both lasers are more accurate and safer than the mechanical microkeratomes we used to use."

    Improper care of contact lenses can cause significant and lasting damage to the eye. "There have been several studies that have shown that people wearing contact lenses, especially soft contacts, have a greater risk of permanent vision loss that LASIK surgery patients do. This is commonly due to corneal scarring from multiple causes while wearing contact lenses. And the longer you keep the lens in your eye the greater the risk of complications that may result in permanent vision loss due to scarring." Dr. Cabler goes on to caution, that if the damage occurs in the visual axis or over the pupil, it may not be reparable. "LASIK surgery is a great way to get someone out of their contacts but it will not correct vision loss due to corneal scarring."

    The best thing to do as a contact wearer is to take proper care of them. Clean them often and don't wear them overnight. If you do get an eye infection, see your eye doctor right away and discontinue wearing the contacts immediately.
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