Mechanical Microkeratome LASIK. Different To Intra Femtosecond Laser

The first step of LASIK Eye Surgery is to create a thin flap in the superficial layers of the cornea. Traditional mechanical LASIK surgery uses a metal blade called Microkeratome to made the flap, the laser LASIK made flap with Femtosecond Laser. In traditional mechanical microkeratome LASIK, the microkeratome has many moving metal parts and the blade is inserted and must oscillate freely. There were problems with quality control with some of the blades. The flap that is reflected might have jagged edges due to these blades leading to irregular surface of the cornea. This can give rise to vision problems such as astigmatism. While IntraLase Femtosecond system has greatly reduced the number of side effects and improved the safety of the procedure in comparison to microkeratomes, the expenses of the procedure with the IntraLase has gone up by almost $300 per eye.

Mechanical Microkeratome LASIK. Different To Intra Femtosecond Laser

Why Surgeons Do Not Use Femtosecond Laser System? The Cost Is The Biggest Factor

The greatest disadvantage of the Microkeratome over the Intra-LASIK with femtosecond laser is the cost.

The cost of a Femtosecond laser is about $500,000 and there is an annual maintenance fee of approximately $70,000, and a cost of disposable suction ring about $200 per eye. A microkeratome can be purchased for $35,000 or less, there are no annual maintenance fees and the cost of a blade is around $50 for both eyes.

The cost of IntraLase system is probably the biggest factor in why many surgeons do not use the Intra-LASIK with femtosecond laser technology. Another disadvantage that almost no consideration is that the procedure with Femtosecond laser takes a little more time than traditional LASIK surgery.