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Conventional LASIK vs. iLASIK

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

Dr. Bense

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 .

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!

The Top 3 Newfoundland Views

Posted on by Maria Afonso in Newfoundland

Newfoundland has more than 29,000 kilometres of stunning coast, a number of national parks, ecological reserves, forests and untouched land. Not only is Newfoundland known for its friendly people and colourful Jellybean Row houses, but it’s also home to a number of historic landmarks that provide breathtaking views that you have to experience for yourself.

Here are our picks for the top 3 views in Newfoundland that you have to see to believe:

1.   Cape Spear

Located on the Avalon Peninsula near St. John’s, Cape Spear is the furthest east you can go in all of North America! Isn’t that amazing? Here you can take in the beauty of the blue Atlantic Ocean or face the other way and see all of Newfoundland to the west of you. This is a great place to spot whales and icebergs. Cape Spear is marked with Cape Spear Lighthouse, an iconic symbol of Newfoundland that also happens to be the oldest surviving lighthouse in the province.

Cape Sear, Newfoundland

2.   Signal Hill

Overlooking the city of St. John’s and the harbour, this historic landmark is surrounded by fortifications that were built in the mid-17th century because of its prime location. As the name suggests, Signalman used to watch atop the hill for ships that were headed toward the St. John’s port. At the highest point on Signal Hill is Cabot Tower.

Signal Hill, Newfoundland

3.   Cape Bonavista Lighthouse

Located on the northeastern tip of the Bonavista Peninsula, Cape Bonavista is marked by a red and white striped lighthouse. It is well worth the 3 ½ drive from St. John’s and is a great destination for whale watching, icebergs and puffins in the summer.

Cape Bonavista, Newfoundland


These are our favourite places in Newfoundland to take in a view, where are yours? Please share!