Both the traditional and newer bladeless, or intralasik procedures, involve two steps. The first step is making a flap on the outer layer of the eye.
Traditional methods used a blade to make that flap. The intralasik procedure uses lasers to make the flap from the inside out. Doctors say this makes it a safer procedure that can result in better vision correction and with fewer complications. Plus, because the flap can be customized, patients who were not traditionally candidates for lasik may now be eligible for the procedure.
As with any procedure, there still are risks, but doctors say the risk of losing vision is almost eliminated by the all-laser procedure.
Cost is about $4,000 for both eyes and many insurance companies may not cover all costs.