LASIK is safer today than it ever has been thanks to advances in technology. Traditional LASIK is still considered safe; however, all-laser LASIK offers a bit more precision and safety to the procedure. All-laser LASIK surgery allows the doctors at Fogg, Maxwell, Lanier & Remington EyeCare to further refine and shape the cornea without the possibility of human error. Complications with traditional LASIK are very unlikely, however.
Aside from the advances in actual surgery equipment, great strides have been taken to make pre-op measurements and scans much more accurate. Tools such as the wavefront measurement system offer extremely precise, individualized measurements of the eye. Your doctor at Fogg, Maxwell, Lanier & Remington EyeCare will use these scans to completely customize your surgery. This is often referred to as custom LASIK or wavefront-guided LASIK. This is an excellent tool to utilize, as it makes LASIK that much more precise and maximizes results.
The type of laser used to correct a refractive error is called an excimer laser, used in both traditional and all-laser LASIK. The excimer laser is an ultraviolet laser that creates a non-thermal or "cool" beam of light. This laser allows your doctor to reshape the cornea safely and effectively because there is no heat or damage to the surrounding tissue. There are many different types of excimer lasers available for use today.