Intralase Lasik Surgery
IntraLase or bladeless LASIK is a new state of art laser treatment that prepares the LASIK corneal flap by using a femtosecond laser.
Overview of IntraLase
Although advancements are made in laser eye treatment every year, the introduction of IntraLASIK bladeless LASIK is the biggest leap in technology since the introduction of standard LASIK in the UK in 1998. It is a bigger advancement than the introduction of wavefront-guided technology. This “No Blade” procedure produces a flap that is much more precise in-depth, is cleaner, more accurate and is thinner. This results in many benefits to the LASIK patient. The major benefit is that all suitable prescriptions can now be treated with bladeless technology, thus eliminating the induced distortion and possibility of serious complications associated with the creation of the flap by the manual blade. More patients achieve 20:20 vision or better; fewer patients lose the sharpness of vision. Both short term and long term safety are improved upon. Increased confidence for both the doctor and patient lessens stress and anxiety. Both mechanical breakdown and human error are reduced. IntraLase and Wavefront (Combined) Customised Wavefront treatment (CATZ) has been limited in its ability to eliminate optical imperfections in LASIK by its inability to correct induced imperfections caused by the mechanical cutting of the flap made after it had analyzed the eye. Now that induced imperfections have been substantially reduced, wavefront promises to improve sharpness of vision for patients, above the quality of vision glasses can achieve.
IntraLase Recommended For:
- Patients with up to -11.00 diopters of nearsightedness, up to +5.00 of farsightedness and up to 5.00 of astigmatism.
- Persons looking to get rid of the continual cost and side effects involved in glasses and contact lens use.
- Athletes who require the freedom offered by refractive surgery.
Before IntraLase eye surgery, a patient will meet with an eye doctor to go through medical history taking and eyes will be thoroughly examined; Likely initial tests include measuring corneal thickness, refraction, corneal mapping, eye pressure, and pupil dilation will be done.
First, an ultra-fast femtosecond laser is used to create a thin flap in the cornea, the clear front surface of the eye. Then, an excimer laser is used to reshape the underlying corneal tissue to correct the vision. The flap is then returned to its original position.
There may be pain or a foreign body sensation, particularly during the first 48 hours after surgery that is normal. Patients should be careful not to rub their eye. The surgeon may place a transparent protective shield over the eye to help protect the cornea as it heals. The IntraLase recovery time will be as early as six months for the correction of their vision. The corneal flap will be secured in as early as two weeks and heals fast, as long as the patient is strictly following the surgeon’s advice in securing their eyes.