With the IntraLase method, pulsescreate your corneal of laser light flap, which is then lifted so the next step of LASIK—the reshaping of your cornea—can be performed. When your LASIK treatment is over, the flap is securely repositioned into place. This blade-less, computer-guided technology is 100% more accurate than most of the mechanical microkeratomes (hand-held devices with a thin metal blade) that surgeons may also use to create a corneal flap.
- There are two steps in the LASIK procedure and new science reveals that the first step – creating a corneal flap – has been overlooked for its affect on the visual outcome of the procedure.
- IntraLase is the first blade-free laser technology for performing the initial step of the LASIK procedure -- creating the corneal flap.
- Traditionally, this first step was done manually using a hand-held device with an oscillating metal razor blade, called a microkeratome.
- While LASIK is a successful and relatively safe procedure, the majority of complications with LASIK arise from the use of microkeratomes.
- When LASIK surgeons began using the IntraLase femtosecond laser for corneal flap creation, they noticed a marked improvement in patient vision. The IntraLase laser, designed to decrease complications in LASIK's first step, was also providing better visual outcomes.
- New clinical data reveal the IntraLase FS laser prepares an optimal corneal surface below the flap, providing for superior visual outcomes, especially among Custom/Wavefront patients.
Advantages of IntraLase:
- Better Vision
- Improved Safety
- Fewer Retreatments
- Reduced Dry Eye Symptoms
- Highest Degree of Predictability and Precision
- Thinner flaps
- Technology of choice
- IntraLase-initiated LASIK
- When given a choice, 78 percent of patients choose IntraLase-initiated LASIK rather than the blade.
- The IntraLase Method is 100% blade-free, exceptionally advanced, and has been shown to improve outcomes for more patients.
- Patients with a preference in prospective, randomized clinical trials chose the post-operative version of their IntraLase-treated eye up to 3-to-1 over the blade-treated eye.
- Clinical trial tests performed to diagnose dry eye show IntraLase reduces symptoms as much as 72 percent.
How the IntraLase Works:
- The ultra-fast IntraLase laser uses an infrared light beam to prepare the intracorneal bed and create the corneal flap in the first step of LASIK.
- Using an "inside-out" process, the laser beam is precisely focused to a point within the cornea.
- The laser pulses then create thousands of microscopic bubbles which define the precise architecture of the intracorneal surface, as well as the distinct beveled edge of the resulting flap.
- The bubbles are then stacked along the edge up to the corneal surface to complete step one.
- From start to finish, the IntraLase process takes approximately 15-20 seconds.
- The LASIK procedure is complete when the flap is securely repositioned on its beveled edge.
- LASIK is the nation's most-popular vision correction procedure, representing approximately 90 percent of all refractive procedures performed annually.
- 8.2 million LASIK procedures have been performed since the mid-1990's.
- While most commonly associated with the excimer laser, LASIK is not an "all-laser" procedure due to the use of the microkeratome blade.
- Only LASIK procedures that use IntraLase for the first step can be considered "all-laser."