IntraLase Information


The IntraLase Method Means Truly Blade-Free LASIK

IntraLase Infograph    (IntraLase illustration)

The IntraLase Method is a 100% blade-free approach to creating your LASIK flap — the thin flap of tissue that the doctor creates to perform your LASIK procedure. The IntraLase Method can only be performed using the IntraLase Laser. Millions of procedures have been performed safely and effectively using the IntraLase Method. With the IntraLase Method, you can have a LASIK procedure that’s 100% blade free, exceptionally advanced, and has been shown to improve outcomes for more patients.

Amazing Technology

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 microscopic bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye. The IntraLase flap creation process takes about 15 to 20 seconds per eye and a total of 10 minutes for the entire LASIK procedure. When it’s time for your LASIK treatment to be performed, your doctor easily lifts the flap to apply the LASIK treatment.

About IntraLase:

iFS with Green Background

  • There are two steps in the LASIK procedure and new science reveals that the first step – creating a corneal flap – has been overlooked for its affect on the visual outcome of the procedure.
  • IntraLase is the first blade-free laser technology for performing the initial step of the LASIK procedure — creating the corneal flap.
  • Traditionally, this first step was done manually using a hand-held device with an oscillating metal razor blade, called a microkeratome.
  • While LASIK is a successful and relatively safe procedure, the majority of complications with LASIK arise from the use of microkeratomes.
  • When LASIK surgeons began using the IntraLasefemtosecond laser for corneal flap creation, they noticed a marked improvement in patient vision.  The IntraLase laser, designed to decrease complications in LASIK’s first step, was also providing better visual outcomes.
  • New clinical data reveal the IntraLase FS laser prepares an optimal corneal surface below the flap, providing for superior visual outcomes, especially among Custom/Wavefront patients.

 Advantages of IntraLase:

  • Better Vision
  • Improved Safety
  • Fewer Retreatments
  • Reduced Dry Eye Symptoms
  • Highest Degree of Predictability and Precision
  • Thinner flaps
  • Technology of choice
  • IntraLase-initiated LASIK


  • When given a choice, 78 percent of patients choose IntraLase-initiated LASIK rather than the blade.
  • The IntraLase Method is 100% blade-free, exceptionally advanced, and has been shown to improve outcomes for more patients.
  • Patients with a preference in prospective, randomized clinical trials chose the post-operative version of their IntraLase-treated eye up to 3-to-1 over the blade-treated eye.
  • Clinical trial tests performed to diagnose dry eye show IntraLase reduces symptoms as much as 72 percent.

 How the IntraLase Works:

  • The ultra-fast IntraLase laser uses an infrared light beam to prepare the intracorneal bed and create the corneal flap in the first step of LASIK.
    • Using an “inside-out” process, the laser beam is precisely focused to a point within the cornea.
    • The laser pulses then create thousands of microscopic bubbles which define the precise architecture of the intracorneal surface, as well as the distinct beveled edge of the resulting flap.
    • The bubbles are then stacked along the edge up to the corneal surface to complete step one.
    • From start to finish, the IntraLase process takes approximately 15-20 seconds.
    • The LASIK procedure is complete when the flap is securely repositioned on its beveled edge.

 About LASIK:

  • LASIK is the nation’s most-popular vision correction procedure, representing approximately 90 percent of all refractive procedures performed annually.
  •  8.2 million LASIK procedures have been performed since the mid-1990’s.
  • While most commonly associated with the excimer laser, LASIK is not an “all-laser” procedure due to the use of the microkeratome blade.
  • Only LASIK procedures that use IntraLase for the first step can be considered “all-laser.”


Outstanding Results

The IntraLase Method also delivers outstanding results and has been shown to improve outcomes for more patients.1 In a clinical survey of LASIK patients who had their LASIK 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).2,3

1. Tanna M, SchallhornSC, Hettinger KA. Femtosecond laser versus mechanical microkeratome: a retrospective comparison of visual outcomes at 3 months. J Refract Surg. 2009;25 (7 Suppl):S668-71.

2. Durrie DS. Randomized prospective clinical study of LASIK: IntraLase versus mechanical keratome. Subsets presented at: Meeting of the International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; November 14-15, 2003; Anaheim, CA; American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium; May 1-5, 2004; San Diego, CA; Refractive Surgery 2004; International Refractive Surgery: Science and Practice; October 22-23, 2004; New Orleans, LA; American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium; April 15-20, 2005; Washington, DC.

3. Mahdavi S. IntraLase: coming of age. Cataract Refract Surg Today. 2005:117-20.


 The FS and iFS Laser systems are ophthalmic surgical lasers indicated for use in patients undergoing surgery or treatment requiring the initial lamellar resection of the cornea. Contraindications may include corneal edema, glaucoma, and keratoconus. Risks and complications may include corneal pain, flap tearing, and epithelial ingrowth. Consult with your eye care professional for a complete listing of contraindications and risks. U.S. Federal Law restricts this device to sale, distribution, and use by or on the order of a physician or other licensed eye care practitioner.

©2010 Abbott Medical Optics Inc. Unless otherwise specified, all product names appearing in this Internet site are trademarks owned by or licensed to Abbott Laboratories, its subsidiaries or affiliates. No use of any Abbott trademark, trade name, or trade dress in this site may be made without the prior written authorization of Abbott Laboratories, except to identify the product or services of the company. 2010.05.20-IL2000