The IntraLase Method is a 100% blade-free approach to creating your corneal flap, the thin flap of tissue that the doctor folds back I order to perform your Lasik procedure. The IntraLase Method can only be performed using the IntraLase F5 laser.
Traditionally, doctors have used an instrument called a microkertome for the creation of corneal flaps. The microkerotome is a hand -held blade that moves across the eye, cutting the corneal flap as it goes. While LASIK is extremely safe, if complications do occur the microkerotome is most often the cause.
The IntraLase method, by contrast, enables your doctor to create your corneal flap without a blade ever touching your eye.
With the Intralase Method, tiny pulses of laser light, a quadrillionth of a second each, pass harmlessly through the outer portion of your cornea and form a uniform layer of microscope bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye.
The exact dimensions of the layer of bubbles are determined by your doctor based on what's best for your eye and are computer controlled for maximum precision - things that are not possible with a hand-held blade. The IntraLase flap creation process takes about 15 to 30 seconds
When it's time for your Lasik treatment to be performed, your doctor easily separates the tissue where these bubbles occur and then folds it back, thus creating your corneal flap.
When Lasik is complete, a flap created using the IntraLase Method is uniquely able to "lock" back into place. Your eye then begins to rapidly heal.
If you're looking for blade-free treatment that virtually eliminates the most severe sight-threatening complications, the answer is yes.
The Intralase Method also delivers outstanding visual results: more patients achieve vision that is 20/20 or better when the IntraLase Method is used. And patients report better quality of vision overall, particularly in terms of their ability to see well in low light, such as at dusk or at night.
Preferred by patients 3 to 1
In a clinical survey of Lasik patients who had their corneal flaps created using a blade in one eye and the IntraLase Method in the other, the vision in the IntraLase-treated eye was preferred 3-to-1 (among those who stated a preference).