Many people have reduced their dependence on eyeglasses and contact lenses over the past several years with
the refractive surgery procedure known as LASIK. LASIK eye surgery can correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Now the world’s most advanced LASIK vision correction technology – the 100 percent blade-free LASIK using IntraLase Laser Technology – is available. More than 1,000,000 procedures have been performed comfortably and effectively using blade-free LASIK. With its excellent safety profile and superior visual outcomes, the IntraLase Laser Technology is among the fastest growing refractive surgical techniques.
Blade-Free LASIK eye surgery is a 100% blade-free approach to creating your corneal flap, the thin flap of tissue that is folded back in order to perform your LASIK or Custom LASIK procedure. The IntraLase method uses tiny rapid pulses of laser light to create your corneal flap. Each pulse of light passes harmlessly through the outer portion of your cornea and forms a uniform layer of microscopic bubbles beneath the surface of your eye. The exact dimensions of this layer of bubbles are determined by the surgeon 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 15-30 seconds.
The tissue easily separates where these bubbles occur and folds back creating your corneal flap. The surgeon then proceeds with your laser vision correction. After LASIK is completed, the distinctive beveled edge created by the IntraLase laser allows for precise repositioning, alignment and seating of the corneal flap.
What are the benefits to you?
In clinical trials more patients achieved 20/20 or better vision when their LASIK procedure was performed with Blade Free LASIK than with other techniques. ( reference 1 )
Patients reported better quality of vision overall, particularly with low light or night vision. ( reference 2 )
The Blade-Free LASIK procedure gives the surgeon the ability to tailor the dimensions of your corneal flap based on what’s best for your eye contributing to excellent post-operative outcomes.
As with any type of surgery, risks and potential benefits are involved. It is important to discuss any concerns with your surgeon.
Consult your optometrist at the Vision Center, P.C for more information and to see if you are a candidate for refractive surgery.
1 Tanzer D.J. Schalhorn SC, Brown MC, et al. Data on file, IntraLase Corp., 2005
2 Durrie D.D. Data on file, IntraLase Corp., 2005