Palmetto Eye & Laser Center is proud to have been the first private practice in South Carolina and surrounding states to offer WaveLight® Laser Suite technology for LASIK. The process includes two lasers that work together for the full LASIK experience in less than 15 minutes for most patients:

  • Corneal flap: WaveLight® FS200 femtosecond laser
  • Corneal reshaping: WaveLight® EX500 excimer laser system


In any LASIK procedure it is necessary to create a corneal flap. This flap gives the doctor access to the underlying corneal tissue so it can be reshaped with an excimer laser to allow light to properly focus on the retina. Traditional LASIK methods involve using a hand-held blade (microkeratome) to make the corneal flap.
At Palmetto Eye & Laser Center we use blade-free LASIK to create the corneal flap in a faster, safer and more precise manner. For this process we utilize the WaveLight® FS200 femtosecond laser.


Blade-free LASIK has many advantages over the traditional method:

  • Stronger, more stable corneal flap
  • Reduced risk of complications
  • Faster visual recovery
  • Accurate, reproducible incisions
  • Exceptional safety
  • Customization for each unique eye


The FS200 laser separates corneal tissue for flap creation by generating energy that produces tiny bubbles at a precise depth. The process only takes about 6 seconds for a standard flap. The flap is folded over so an excimer laser can reshape the underlying tissue. The entire process is based on Wavefront technology that gathers hundreds of eye measurements to create an extremely customized vision correction plan for your unique eyes.


Laser vision correction technology is truly amazing. By reshaping extremely small and precise areas of corneal tissue with an excimer laser, light entering your eye can land more directly onto your retina for clearer vision. Even if you’ve worn glasses your entire life, LASIK can upgrade your vision after a single treatment.

At Palmetto Eye & Laser Center we use the Alcon WaveLight® EX500 excimer laser system to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. We take time to fully explain how this technology works and why it is considered one of the fastest laser technology platforms on the market today. Here is a general overview of the benefits:

  • Personalized, precise treatment: the EX500 laser system uses digital 3D information about your own unique eye characteristics gathered during pre-operative testing to correct specific areas on your cornea.
  • Safety – PerfectPulse Technology®: eye tracking technology is incorporated to compensate for any involuntary eye movements which halt the process entirely until the eye is in the correct position.
  • Quickness and comfort: this method takes just minutes to complete so the process is comfortable for most patients.
  • Results: most patients achieve better vision after treatment than what they had wearing glasses or contact lenses – often 20/20 vision or better. This is because the system creates a fingerprint of your cornea so incredibly detailed information can be used for specific corneal reshaping.

Not all LASIK doctors in South Carolina offer this level of LASIK technology. If you are considering LASIK, make sure you do your research and learn about the different types of FDA-approved LASIK technology that exist so you can make an informed decision about which one is right for you.

You can learn more about blade-free LASIK technologies and find out if your eyes are right for this procedure by scheduling a free LASIK Consultation with us today. Dr. Haguewood will perform a comprehensive exam and provide up-front and honest information about your eye health and our recommendations for improvement. Call today to Schedule Your free LASIK Consultation.