“What Is IntraLASIK?”

March 1st, 2013
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Many patients suffering from common eye problems such as astigmatism, hyperopia, and myopia may ask, “ What is IntraLASIK? ”  Although most people have heard of LASIK surgery which corrects many eye problems, IntraLASIK is a new, less invasive form of eye surgery.

What Is IntraLASIK?

Blade-free LASIK is one of the most precise and accurate options for correcting common eye problems.  Because the procedure is completely bladeless, it is safer and more accurate than traditional eye surgery.  The procedure has two steps which include creating a corneal flap and then reshaping the corneal surface to improve vision.

Corneal Flap

The first step in IntraLASIK surgery is creating a thin flap on the cornea, the surface of the eye.  Unlike traditional LASIK, the doctor uses a femtosecond laser to create the flap rather than a microkeratome blade.  Although results from using the blade were similar to those of the laser, use of a laser yields a smaller margin of error.

At Kleiman | Evangelista, the IntraLase iFS laser, a “cool laser light,” creates a microscopic layer of tiny bubbles at a pre-determined depth in the cornea.  The bubbles gently separate the corneal layer to create the flap and maintain a consistent thickness, thereby reducing the chance of complications that can occur in blade use.  In answering the question, “ What is IntraLASIK? ”, as opposed to other types of LASIK surgery, the answer is the use of the IntraLase iFS laser to create the flap rather than other lasers or blades.

Corneal Reshaping

The second step in IntraLASIK is to use a separate laser to reshape the cornea to improve vision.  This laser, known as the excimer laser, can correct most common forms of refractive errors found in adults, such as myopia (near sightedness), hyperopia (far sightedness) and astigmatism (abnormal curve of the cornea).  The laser vaporizes tissue without damaging adjacent stroma (supporting tissue), and causes less pain than earlier techniques.  Once the laser has reshaped the cornea, the flap is repositioned.

If you have wondered “ What is IntraLASIK? ” or if you or someone you know suffers from common eye problems such as near or far sightedness or astigmatism, feel free to visit us at LASIK Surgery to see if IntraLASIK may be the answer.

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