LASIK, an acronym for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, is the most common refractive procedure. Using targeted laser beam energy, Lasik reshapes the cornea so that light rays are focused more precisely on the retina. As a result, patients can now have clear, sharp vision without the need for glasses or contacts. Lasik can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
What is Blade-Free LASIK?
During traditional Lasik, the doctor will create a corneal flap. A hand-held instrument called a microkeratome that moves across the eye creates the thin tissue flap. Lasik is extremely safe, but if complications do occur, the microkeratome is frequently the cause. With the IntraLase Method, patients can choose a 100% blade-free approach to corneal flap creation. This will allow our team at Central Valley Eye Medical Group to create an individualized flap without a blade ever touching your eye. During the IntraLase Method, our staff only uses the IntraLase FS or iFS laser.
How Does Blade-Free LASIK Work?
Unlike traditional Lasik, the IntraLase Method creates the corneal flap by applying tiny, rapid pulses of laser light. Each pulse of light passes through the top layers of your cornea and forms a microscopic bubble at a predetermined depth and position within your eye. As the IntraLase or iFS Laser moves back and forth across your eye, a uniform layer of bubbles forms just below the corneal surface. After that layer is complete a member of our staff will gently separate the tissue, creating the blade-free flap.
The IntraLase Method creates a precise layer of bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye, which results in a smooth, even surface under the corneal flap. The IntraLase Method process takes less than 15 seconds per eye. This includes preparation time, whereas the entire Lasik procedure typically takes about 10 minutes. Once the entire procedure is complete, the corneal flap “locks” back into position.