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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 .

3 Reasons Why LASIK is an Investment in Your Vision

Posted on by Maria Afonso in iLASIK, Technology, Vision

LASIK is the permanent vision correction procedure for common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. It is a popular procedure for a number of reasons, but never having to wear glasses and/or contact lenses again is a major one. Even though thousands of Canadians have had LASIK to correct their vision, there are still many more who choose to rely on glasses and contacts instead. The reason for this gap has to do with the fact that many people are fearful – of the procedure itself and the cost. We’re here to assure you that when it comes to LASIK, there’s absolutely nothing to fear!

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Here are 3 reasons why we think LASIK is the best investment you can make in your vision:

  1. The Cost Savings of LASIK

Many people think of LASIK as an expensive treatment that they would like to have done – if they could afford it. However, not only is the cost of LASIK reasonable, but you actually save money by having it done.

At first glance the cost of LASIK may seem like a lot, but keep in mind that LASIK is designed to be a one-time procedure. When you compare the cost of glasses and contact lenses over a lifetime with LASIK, it’s significantly more than the cost of LASIK. Depending on factors such as your age and the type of lenses you require, the cost and maintenance of glasses and contact lenses can add up quickly, especially if you wear both on a regular basis. In addition, designer frames can cost hundreds of dollars. If you’re like most people, you probably like to replace your glasses once every couple of years. However, it will only take a few years to recover the cost of LASIK by not having to purchase glasses or contact lenses.

In addition, we don’t ever want the cost of LASIK to get in the way of your potential for perfect vision. This is why we offer a variety of financing and payment plans such as LASIK for as low as $83/month and LASIK starting at $500 per eye. We can help you find a plan that’s convenient and fits in with your budget. We’re committed to ensuring that every patient can experience the life-changing benefits of LASIK.

  1. The Value in Clear Vision

LASIK is an investment in your vision because there is plenty of value in having clear vision. Imagine life without ever having to wear glasses or contact lenses again. Combine this with the cost savings of LASIK and it’s easy to see that it is one of the best elective procedures. We assure you it will be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make! After all, enjoying clear vision without glasses and/or contact lenses is priceless!

  1. The Accuracy of Treatment and Results

iLASIK is the most advanced LASIK procedure available today. LASIK is not a one-size fits all procedure. iLASIK technology maps out the unique characteristics of your eye and creates a customized procedure so you get the most optimal results. Overall, it increases the comfort, precision and result of your LASIK procedure.

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When you talk about something that can last lifetime, that’s LASIK! It’s the best investment you can make in your vision not only because you’ll be able to see clearly, but also because it makes the most financial sense.

If you are considering LASIK, we encourage you to take the first step by finding out if you are a candidate for LASIK. The best way to find out if you are a candidate is to contact us to book your free LASIK consultation with Dr. Bense. With more than 20 years of experience and more than 20,000 procedures under his belt, you’re in good hands with Dr. Bense. In addition, he was the first surgeon to introduce LASIK to Eastern Canada and is the only certified iLASIK surgeon in St. John’s.

Still not convinced? Here are 8 other reasons why you should choose Bense Vision for LASIK in St. John’s. LASIK can make activities more enjoyable and eliminate the worry and frustration often associated with glasses and contact lenses. We can help you find the best option for achieving crystal-clear vision!





LASIK in the Long-Term

Posted on by Maria Afonso in iLASIK, Technology

Laser eye surgery has come a long way since it was first performed in 1990 in Canada. Not only was Dr. Bense the first surgeon to introduce the procedure to Eastern Canada more than 20 years ago, but he has also become one of the most successful eye surgeons in the country. He is committed to using only the most advanced laser vision correction technology on the market, iDesign technology, available to treat his patients.

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The Most Advanced Technology

Bense Vision is the only provider of iLASIK laser eye surgery in St. John’s. iLASIK in the most advanced LASIK procedure in the world and its customization effectively increases precision, comfort and results. The customization of your vision correction is based on your individual refractive signature. A refractive signature is unique to each of your eyes and is like a fingerprint. The iLASIK technology captures your refractive signature using 3D mapping to create exact specifications required to correct your vision. iLASIK is your personalized LASIK procedure!

Older generations of laser technologies created more cause for concern when it came to long-term side effects of LASIK. Side effects including glare, seeing halos around lights, fluctuating vision, and poor night vision were much more common then they are today. The improvements made in the technology used today have significantly reduced and even prevented the majority of these side effects from occurring. This is why it is important to do some research when deciding to have LASIK. You want to select a centre that uses the most advanced technology to ensure you get the best results. Your vision should never be comprised with the cost or use of the most advanced technology.

Financial Benefits

Speaking of costs, the cost of the one-time procedure required by LASIK is significantly less than the lifetime supply and maintenance of glasses and contact lenses. In the long-term, you actually save money with LASIK! While the upfront cost may seem like a lot, we never want the price of LASIK to get in the way of having clear vision. This is why we provide a number of financing options including $0 down, 0% financing for 12 and 24 months to make correcting your vision more affordable. Don’t forget that if you spot a lower advertised price for LASIK, we will not only match it, but we’ll beat it by $100!

Your Clearest Vision, Forever

As you can see, LASIK has come a long way since Dr. Bense introduced the procedure to Eastern Canada, and he has been there every step of the way. LASIK is now a completely bladeless procedure and is entirely customizable for your individual needs! This means more precise and more advanced results. After all, this isn’t a one size fits all procedure. Every individual’s eyes are different and will respond differently to the procedure.

When deciding whether LASIK is right for you, you want to know everything there is to know about the procedure, including what your vision will be like in 10 or 20 years. Although LASIK is a permanent procedure, it doesn’t factor in the natural changes that can occur within the eye’s structure that are unpreventable e.g. with age. What does this mean if you’ve had LASIK? A simple re-treatment may be necessary to restore your vision in the future. In addition, aging eyes for some patients may require them to wear reading glasses for seeing small print.

We can assure you that LASIK is one of the best investments you’ll ever make! There’s a reason why millions have chosen LASIK for permanent vision correction.

Bense Vision

To find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK, contact us today to schedule your free consultation. You can feel confident that you’re under the treatment and care of Dr. Bense. With over 20 years of experience, he has over 20,000 procedures under his belt. That many procedures mean a lot of happy eyes. Our focus on LASIK procedures specifically, has created a level of expertise that is simply unmatched. We are proud to be the only local LASIK clinic in St. John’s.

The world is a beautiful place and there is so much to see. Let Dr. Bense give you the vision necessary to live life to the fullest – glasses and contact lens free. We look forward to seeing you!