This medical video looks into the advancements of being able to perform surgery without the use of a blade.
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Jennifer Matthews: Denise Crawford lives life in the fast lane. She likes her sports car. And she loves the fact that she can actually see where she's going. Denise Crawford: I first started wearing glasses when I was in 5th grade. Jennifer Matthews: After living with bad eyesight for nearly 40 years, Denise was ready to turn things around. Denise Crawford: And I just said, 'You know, it's time.' Jennifer Matthews: But not time to go under the scalpel. Denise opted for a new LASIK surgery that uses a laser, not a blade to correct vision. Doctor David Dulaney sees thousands of patients a year who need LASIK surgery. Today, he corrects this woman's eyesight with a new technique called IntraLase. David Dulaney: A much more accurate, more precise, safer way to do it. Jennifer Matthews: BeforeIntraLase, Doctor Dulaney used a mechanical blade to cut a flap in the cornea. From there, he was able to correct vision but cutting this flap is where most of the complications occur. The IntraLase laser eliminates the blade and eliminates the fear. Experts say the laser is one hundred-times more accurate than the blade. It also results in better vision than standard LASIK surgery. Denise Crawford: I woke up, and I could see clear as about. Jennifer Matthews: Denise's vision is practically perfect. Denise Crawford: I can see so much better. I don't think I've ever seen this clear. Jennifer Matthews: And that's good news for everyone when Denise is on the road. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.