Deciding to have LASIK surgery can be a life changing decision. The confidence that comes along with IntraLase should help to ease your decision process for LASIK. IntraLase is a blade-free method used by ophthalmologists to perform LASIK. This blade-free, computer-guided technology is typically more accurate than most of the mechanical microkeratomes (sharp metal blades) that surgeons may also use to create a corneal flap. With the IntraLase method, pulses of laser light are used to create your corneal flap, which is then folded back so the reshaping of your cornea can be performed. When your LASIK treatment is over, the flap is securely repositioned back into place.
Traditionally, a microkeratome is used to create the corneal flap. Ophthalmologists have found that when complications arise from LASIK they are typically from a poorly created corneal flap. Unlike mechanical instruments, IntraLase technology is uniquely able to program the dimensions of your flap based on what's best for your eye(s). Then the IntraLase laser creates your flap from below the surface of the cornea-without ever cutting it. This process is done in a series of steps:
When making your decision about LASIK there are numerous advantages of IntraLase that you should take into consideration. IntraLase creates a very smooth surface whereas using a microkeratome could create a slightly rough surface if precision isn't achieved. With IntraLase a more precise corneal flap can be created depending on what is best for your eyes. If you were previously denied the opportunity for LASIK because of the thinness of your cornea, you may be a candidate for IntraLase because of the precision of the computer-based laser. Corneal flaps that have been created by IntraLase tend to set back into place more smoothly after the procedure. Studies have shown that more people achieve 20/20 vision and experience less trouble seeing in dim lighting conditions after their surgery when the IntraLase method is used.
The IntraLase method has been successfully performed on hundreds of thousands of eyes since its introduction because of the accuracy involved with the laser. The goal of LASIK with IntraLase is to provide you with the ultimate in comfort, safety, and outstanding vision. LASIK with IntraLase delivers the added assurance of knowing you're being treated with some of the most advanced technology there is in ophthalmology.
LASIK performed with IntraLase delivers a superior visual result. In a clinical study comparing the IntraLase laser to the leading microkeratome, more patients achieved 20/20 vision or better in standard and custom LASIK surgery when the IntraLase method was used to create the corneal flap. Because of the accuracy of the IntraLase method, certain patients who were ineligible for LASIK may now be able to have treatment. Ask your doctor today if you are a candidate for IntraLase or any other suitable LASIK procedure.