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Conventional LASIK vs. iLASIK

Posted on by Maria Afonso in Bense, Bense Vision, Eye Health, Eyes, iLASIK, Newfoundland, Technology, Vision

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Conventional LASIK vs. iLASIK

Vision correction has come so far from the first eye glasses introduced in the 13th century, we have evolved from specs to surgeries. The first Laser Vision correction surgeries started with PRK in early 1990’s, followed by the LASIK procedure late 1990’s and then iLASIK in the early-mid 2000’s. If you are interested in LASIK eye surgery and have come this far, you’ve likely been doing some research on Blade vs. Bladeless. What do these terms really mean? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Is it worth it? We want to clear the air and answer some of these common concerns.


Let’s start by telling you what happens during the LASIK procedure, this will help you understand the difference! During LASIK, the cornea (the outermost layer of the eye) is reshaped to correct vision including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In order to get to the corneal tissue that needs to be reshaped, the LASIK surgeon must create a thin corneal flap. The flap is the very exterior layer, often described as thin as “saran wrap” or “skin on an onion”. The flap is then lifted for application of laser energy that reshapes the eye for vision correction. The flap stays connected to the eye, when the LASIK procedure is complete and the cornea has been reshaped, the surgeon “closes” the flap, which naturally starts to ahere right away.

What is Conventional or traditional LASIK?

In a conventional LASIK procedure, the surgeon will use a bladed instrument known as a microkeratome to cut a thin flap into the cornea. The hand-held blade comes in direct contact with the cornea in this type of procedure. The flap (door into the cornea) created by a microkeratome is not always precise and may be thinner toward the middle of the flap because of how the blade works. This has the potential to cause certain types of flap defects including buttonholes (where the flap is shaped like a button) and flaps that become detached from the eye or incomplete.

What does “Blade-Free” LASIK means?

In a 100% blade-free LASIK procedure (AKA bladeless or all-laser LASIK procedure), the surgeon will use the advanced technology of a laser to create the flap (door to the cornea). At Bense Vision, our iLASIK procedure exclusively uses the advanced IntraLase iFS™ femtosecond laser – the most advanced Laser Vision Correction used worldwide. This laser uses high-energy laser pulses to separate the corneal tissue. Using this advanced laser technology to create the corneal flap means a more consistent thickness throughout the flap and reduces the number of complications that can result from using the bladed microkertome instrument.

What are the advantages of blade-free flaps

It is a fact that iLASIK technology is 25 times more accurate that conventional LASIK. It is so custom, so precise, and so accurate that we are able to treat many more patients, those that would not have been candidates for “conventional” LASIK are more likely to be good candidates for iLASIK today. As well, using a laser to create the corneal flap during LASIK will lead to fewer flap complications, that we used to see when doing cornea bladed LASIK. This can translate to additional benefits in terms of long-term quality of vision following this iLASIK procedure. Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of using a laser to create the corneal flap in a LASIK procedure. Some of the advantages compared with conventional LASIK include:

  • Less flap complications
  • Increased accuracy creating the corneal flap
  • Unprecedented control and precision during the procedure
  • Less patient anxiety without the “blade”
  • Reduced occurrence of halos and glare associated with blade
  • Better long-term vision quality
  • Treat more patients
  • Dry eyes more associated with blade

Is Blade-Free really worth It?

There are many advantages to blade-free LASIK, and there are certainly associated costs with this type of procedure. However, at Bense Vision we believe so strongly that the blade free iLASIK procedure, is the standard of care for today – we do not pass on that cost difference to our patients. It is our opinion that patients who receive the bladed LASIK for the same cost as Bense Vision’s iLASIK are simply overpaying. Did you know? The blade-free iLASIK procedure is the only approved laser vision correction procedure for use by NASA and US Military branches! Now that you understand the advantages compared with conventional LASIK, it’s up to you to determine if the benefits are important to you! When it comes to your vision, you decide what you want and deserve!

Don’t underestimate Surgeon Experience!

While blade-free iLASIK offers many benefits compared with conventional LASIK, the most important aspect is that the patient is in the hands of an expert surgeon. We are talking about tools, and tools are only as good as the surgeon who is using them. For example, a novice surgeon does not have the experience and skill as a seasoned surgeon who has been performing LASIK for many years. While both of these surgeons may use the same femtosecond laser, the seasoned surgeon would be more skilled at using the laser to provide patients with optimal vision outcomes. So don’t let the appeal of blade-free LASIK technology blind you to other important LASIK considerations, such as surgeon experience. We believe in the best, that is why we practice exclusively blade free for our LASIK patients – we are the only iLASIK certified provider in the province.

Experience Blade-Free LASIK from the Best!

At Bense vision you will receive 100% blade-free iLASIK technology in the hands of an experienced and skilled iLASIK surgeon who has performed almost 30,000 laser vision correction surgeries! Because we remain committed to using leading-edge technology and being Newfoundland’s most experienced and qualified iLASIK surgeon, we have helped 95% of our iLASIK patients see 20/20 or better following their procedure, with the majority seeing even better than that….20/15! At Bense Vision we are a “true centre of excellence” for LASIK eye surgery in the province.

To find out if you are a candidate, schedule a free evaluation with our doctors by calling 709.722.2020 or request an appointment via our contact page .

Life after LASIK

Posted on by Maria Afonso in Bense, Bense Vision, Eyes, iLASIK

You can begin enjoying the advantages of LASIK immediately after the procedure! The recovery process is so quick that, if your workplace has a low risk of eye injury, you can return to work one day after getting LASIK. Before you can enjoy your new eyes, it’s important to follow the doctor’s instructions and be aware of what you can and cannot do.

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Immediately After LASIK Surgery

After your surgery, it is important to do whatever you can to protect your eyes. Your doctor will provide you with sunglasses or eye shields, which you will have to wear while sleeping. You will also be given eye drops to prevent inflammation, infections and to keep your eyes moist during the healing process.
It is crucial that you have transportation arranged for after your surgery, as you will not be able to drive immediately after the procedure has been completed. Once you’re home, you may feel like scratching and rubbing your eyes, but it is very important that you do not touch your eyes during recovery time at all. After your procedure, your corneal flap is healing, and rubbing your eyes can halt the healing process by displacing the flap. You may also experience red, watery eyes during healing, but these are all normal, temporary symptoms and nothing to be worried about!

The Next Few Days After LASIK

Your doctor will likely want to do a check-up within the first 24 hours of your procedure to make sure your eyes are recovering well. This is when you will be advised as to when you can drive, and if it’s safe to return to work. After 3 days, you may be able to resume regular outdoor activities, if you are wearing protective eye gear and are being very careful.
You can also resume applying make-up at this time, as long as you stay away from your eyes. This means no mascara or eyeliner just yet, ladies! Additionally, when washing your face make-up off, don’t forget to stay away from the eyes, which can be done by using make up wipes instead of a full-face wash. This alternative will help prevent you from being tempted to rub your eyes during make up removal.

One Month After LASIK

In the weeks following your procedure, you may feel as though there is something in your eye at times, but this is just a normal side effect of LASIK. As long as you are not touching or picking your eyes, this symptom should go away in due time. At this time, you can now resume wearing make-up, and play your favourite sports without eyewear protection!

A Few Months After LASIK

You’re free! A few months after your procedure, you can finally enjoy your new eyes without any restrictions at all. Of course, we always recommend wearing sunglasses and eye protection for high trauma activities, such as outdoor sports, or exposure to the sun. Now go ahead, and savor a life without glasses and contacts!

Did you know that Bense Vision is the only laser clinic in Newfoundland to offer iLASIK™, the most advanced form of LASIK. Book a free consultation to see if you are eligible for laser vision correction today!

How to Delay the Progression of Cataracts

Posted on by Maria Afonso in Bense Vision, Cataracts, Eye Health, Eyes, Vision

Did you know that more than 2.5 million Canadians have cataracts? With a number like that, chances are you probably know someone who either has, or has had cataracts. Since June is Cataract Awareness Month, we’re here to shed some light on this prevalent eye disease. It’s important to know that symptoms of cataracts are progressive and can worsen over time. If not treated, cataracts can eventually lead to blindness. In fact, cataracts are responsible for 48% of world blindness. The good news is, cataract treatment is not only quick and painless, it also has an extremely high success rate!

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What are Cataracts?

Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s lens. Over time and with age, the proteins in the lens begin to build up and clump. The buildup of protein in the lens prevents light from passing through, making it harder to see. The severity of cataracts can range from barely affected vision to unable to see. Unfortunately, there is no proven way to avoid cataracts, and most people will eventually have a cataract in one or both eyes. If treatment is delayed, not only will symptoms worsen, but the actual size of the cataract can also grow. Cataract surgery is an effective treatment for restoring vision, and consists of replacing the cloudy lens with a new clear intraocular (IOL) lens.

Cataract Symptoms:

  • Blurry/hazy/cloudy vision
  • The need for frequent new prescriptions
  • Changes in the way you see colours
  • Poor night vision
  • An increased sensitivity to glare and light
  • Double vision in one eye


Cataracts can be detected during a comprehensive eye examination. However, it’s important to note that these symptoms may be a sign of another eye problem. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we advise you to see an optometrist.

Cataract Increased Risk Factors:

  • Smoking
  • The use of certain medications
  • Age
  • Diabetes
  • Eye injury
  • A family history of cataracts
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight and radiation


Choosing a healthy lifestyle, such as quitting smoking, can decrease your risk factors for cataracts. Some other tips to reduce the risk of developing cataracts include:

  • Reducing your exposure to sunlight: Wearing UVA/UVB protective eyewear is important because UV radiation can speed up the formation of cataracts.
  • Following your treatment plans: Keep other diseases you may have, such as diabetes, under control
  • Eating a healthy diet: Vitamins C and E may protect against the development and progression of cataracts as well as nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin, which can be found in leafy greens such as spinach and kale. In addition, the antioxidants found in these green veggies help to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
  • Having regular eye exams: Since there is no pain or redness associated with cataracts, you may not even know you have a cataract until you have your eyes checked. It is best if cataracts are caught in the earlier stages. When it comes to cataracts and other eye problems, it’s better to be proactive than reactive.
  • Reduce alcohol intake: Excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of cataracts.


Cataract Treatment at Bense Vision

Bense Vision is the best choice for vision correction in Atlantic Canada. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of cataracts, or if you would like more information on any of our procedures, don’t hesitate to contact us. During your one-on-on consultation with Dr. Bense, he will be able to recommend the treatment that will give you the best visual results. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Bense maintains a strong commitment to providing his patients with the utmost care. We look forward to hearing from you!



5 Reasons Why You Should Get LASIK With Us

Posted on by Maria Afonso in Bense Vision, iLASIK, Newfoundland

Although there are a number of reasons that make us the most trusted and most established laser vision correction facility in Eastern Canada, here are the top 5 reasons why Bense Vision is the clear choice for vision correction in Newfoundland:


  1. Financing

We don’t think the cost of laser vision correction should ever get in the way of having clear vision. This is why we offer a number of flexible financing options to make our procedures affordable for every budget, including See Now Pay in 2016: $0 down, 0% financing, and $0 payments. This means you can experience what it’s like to have crystal clear vision for an entire year before having to pay for your LASIK surgery! However, when it comes to correcting your vision, the deciding factor should be quality, and not cost. Few things in life are as precious as your sight.

  1. Price Match

Spot a lower advertised price for All-Laser LASIK? We’ll price match it here! Not only will we price match any competitor’s price, but we will beat it by $100! We have taken our price matching feature to a whole new level because we believe in fair prices! This way, you know you’re getting a quality procedure for the best price!

  1. Your Local LASIK Clinic

Bense Vision is proud to be the only local LASIK clinic in St. John’s, Newfoundland. As a result, we are able to provide our patients with some unique benefits that other facilities may not have, including personal care and a level of accountability.

  1. Dr. Bense

Dr. Bense has performed over 20,000 procedures in his 20+ years of experience, making him Newfoundland’s resident LASIK expert! His specialization in laser vision correction and more specifically LASIK procedures, has created a level of expertise that is unmatched.

Dr. Bense has also been credited for performing many of the very first procedures including PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) in 1994 and PTK (phototherapeutic keratectomy) in Atlantic Canada. A few years later in 1997, Dr. Bense was the first to perform the LASIK procedure in the region. In addition, Bense Vision is the only certified iLASIK provider in Newfoundland. Not only is iLASIK utilizes the safest and most popular LASIK technology in North America; it is also the most advanced LASIK procedure available today. Dr. Bense would not have been able to accomplish these milestones without the help and support of his highly skilled staff. Our incredibly caring and talented staff has helped establish this facility as one of the best in Eastern Canada. At Bense Vision, you can feel confident knowing your vision is in the best care.

  1. Community Involvement

As a family-owned business in the local community, we believe that it is our duty to give back and help those in need to reach their goals. We support multiple charitable organizations including the Single Parent Association and Iris Kirby House.

Bense Vision

Our mission is to provide the most professional, reliable, state-of-the-art eye care solutions at an affordable price.

Thanks to our use of cutting-edge technology, our experience, and word-of-mouth referrals, Bense Vision has become the most established and trusted laser vision correction centre in Eastern Canada.

We will continue to keep up-to-date on all the latest laser eye correction technologies, so you always get the highest-quality treatment available in the industry. We will also continue to provide flexible financing options, so our world-class procedures are affordable for every budget. If you’re ready to have freedom from glasses and contact lenses, contact us today to schedule your free one-on-one LASIK consultation with Dr. Bense. After he determines whether you are an appropriate candidate for the procedure, your road to achieving crystal clear vision begins.

Our Lifetime Satisfaction Plan will also guarantee that your vision remains optimal for a lifetime. If your vision ever drops below 20/40 or if you have comparable deterioration, you will be re-treated at no additional cost. Eligibility for this plan will be determined in your consultation.

Can you think of any reason why Bense Vision wouldn’t be your first choice for permanent vision correction? Get local, affordable LASIK from Bense Vision and you’ll see the difference! We look forward to meeting you!