Experience Blade-Free LASIK with the IntraLase® Method
The IntraLase Method is a 100% blade-free approach to creating your LASIK flap – the thin flap of tissue that the doctor folds back in order to perform your LASIK procedure. The IntraLase Method can only be performed using the IntraLase FS or iFS laser.
What is Blade-Free Lasik?
Traditionally, LASIK doctors have used an instrument called a microkeratome for the creation of LASIK flaps. The microkeratome is a hand-held blade that moves across the eye, cutting the LASIK flap as it goes. LASIK is extremely safe, but if complications do occur, the microkeratome is frequently the cause. The IntraLase Method, by contrast, is a 100% blade-free approach to corneal flap creation – enabling your doctor to create an individualized LASIK flap without a blade ever touching your eye.
How Does Blade-Free Lasik Work?
The creation of the corneal flap prepares the eye for the second step of the LASIK procedure, when another laser, known as an excimer laser, is used to correct vision.
Unlike other procedures, the IntraLase Method creates the corneal flap by applying tiny, rapid pulses of laser light – not a metal blade (microkeratome). Each pulse of light passes through the top layers of your cornea and forms a microscopic bubble at a specific depth and position within your eye that is determined by the doctor. As the IntraLase or iFS Laser moves back and forth across your eye, a uniform layer of bubbles forms just below the corneal surface. Your doctor creates your corneal flap by gently separating the tissue where these bubbles have formed.
Because of the way in which the IntraLase Method creates a precisely positioned layer of bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye, it creates a smooth, even surface after your flap is lifted. The flap is then folded back so the doctor can perform the second step of your LASIK procedure.
The IntraLase Method flap creation process takes less than 15 seconds per eye. Including preparation time, the entire LASIK procedure typically takes about 10 minutes. Once the entire procedure is completed, the corneal flap “locks” back into position.
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