Bladeless LASIK | Superior LASIK Technology for Superior Results


At Artisan Optics all of our LASIK procedures are completely blade-free - using the custom, bladeless LASIK technology known as IntraLase, also referred to as iLASIK, to insure the most precise treatment for crisp, clear results. The IntraLase laser, approved by the FDA in 2001, was the first femtosecond laser approved for bladeless LASIK in the United States. In 2007 IntraLase was integrated with the CustomVue excimer laser treatment platform and iLASIK emerged. iLASIK continues to set the standard for custom, blade-free LASIK in the United States by providing increased precision and safety, and consistently delivering better results.

The iLASIK IntraLase procedure provides a biomechanically superior flap. Maintaining the integrity of the corneal biomechanics is a critical element in the success of the refractive procedure – and only AMO IntraLase FS Laser System delivers unmatched control over flap diameter, depth, centration and morphology, resulting in an unprecedented combination of advantages, including:

  • Controlled Flap Structure

    • Precisely centered, accurately sized flaps; programmable hinge placement

    • Flap dimensions designed based on patient factors, such as corneal thickenss, steepness, diameter and pupil position

    • Precise control of flap dimensions helps avoid the peripheral lamellar structure, vital to the biomechanical stability of the cornea

  • Uniform Flap Thickness

    • Uniformly thin, planar flaps

    • Smooth, evenly hydrated, stromal morphology

    • Reproducible flap thicknesses with profiles that are significantly superior to those achieved by mechanical (metal blades) procedures

  • Superior Visual Outcomes

    • Rapid visual recovery

      • Day 1:  uncorrected visual acuity of 20/16 or better in 70% of patients

      • Month 1: increased contrast sensitivity at all spatial frequencies vs baseline

    • Better quality of vision

      • Eyes treated with the IntraLase FS Laser System had fewer visual disturbances (haze, glare, sensitivity), less pain, and less dryness than eyes treated using a metal blade 

​iLASIK performs better in three areas important to LASIK results and safety: Flap thickness, induced astigmatism, and minimized cell injury.  Only the IntraLase FS Laser System can be used to perform the IntraLase Method (iLASIK).

iLASIK | A Safer Surgery

We understand how important vision is, which is why your decision to move forward with LASIK should provide the safest and best experience possible. One of the greatest advantages of iLASIK is safety. Some of the safety advantages of iLASIK include:

  • Minimal risk of sight-threatening events (free caps, globe penetration, buttonhole flaps, and/or incomplete flaps

  • No risk of corneal abrasion

  • Reduced risk of dry eye

  • No bandages or stitches


Another advantage of iLASIK is the fact that it works. The majority of iLASIK patients achieve their desired vision following the procedure. Even better, vision is corrected almost immediately with the iLASIK procedure. This is why the majority of our iLASIK patients do not miss work during their recovery period.


Unfortunately, some surgeons still use the microkeratome, a hand-held metal blade that moves back and forth and creates a cut as it travels across the cornea.  The microkeratome is only capable of making a single, one-dimensional cut across the cornea.  As it cuts, the blade oscillates back and forth, which can leave an irregular surface after the flap is lifted.  This affects the quality of the vision correction, and LASIK outcomes.


Additionally, most corneas are oval shaped, not perfectly round.  Lasers can replicate the oval shape when creating the flap; or can create whatever shape is needed to best match the patient’s particular cornea.  One of the many reasons, iLASIK (custom, blade-less LASIK) is the preferred LASIK treatment platform.  Conversely, corneal flaps created by a blade are round and cannot be customized to the patient.  Procedures using a metal blade are considered “generic” treatments.


When corneal flaps are created, the tissue remains “hinged”.  The laser can be used to place the hinge at any point, 360 degrees – totally customized for each patient.  The blade created flaps cannot vary the hinge location – again a “generic” treatment.


When considering LASIK, it is important to remember that blade-free LASIK is safer than procedures using metal blades that create “knife-edge” flaps which are more likely to tear. LASIK procedures that use a metal blade can also create uneven flap edges and have been associated with incomplete or improperly formed “buttonhole” flaps and abnormal corneal surfaces causing complications and vision defects.


To schedule your complimentary LASIK screening give us a call at (208)377-8899.

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