The IntraLase Method Means Truly Blade-Free LASIK
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.
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.
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:
Reduced Dry Eye Symptoms
Highest Degree of Predictability and Precision
Technology of choice
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.
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.”
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).