With IntraLase, the surgeon can precisely control the critical first step of LASIK. Pre-programmed laser specifications include flap diameter, depth, hinge location and width, and side-cut architecture – factors which may vary by patient. IntraLase flaps also feature a distinctive beveled edge, which allows for precise repositioning, alignment and seating of the flap after LASIK is completed. This ability to personalize specific parameters is impossible with a microkeratome or other hand-held bladed instrument.
IntraLase is the most sophisticated and accurate technology for corneal flap creation available today, and has given patients greater confidence in choosing vision correction surgery. The higher degree of assurance and safety, virtually no risk of severe sight-threatening complications and more predictable outcomes have been shown to increase patient satisfaction in their LASIK experience and outcome.
Advantages of Intralase
Eliminates the most severe microkeratome-related complications, including invasive corneal incisions and button-hole flaps.
Patients achieve statistically better vision when IntraLase is used in the LASIK procedure. In comparison with microkeratome-initiated LASIK, more patients achieved 20/20 vision and those with a preference preferred the post-operative vision of their IntraLase treated eye 3-to-1.
Highest Degree of Predictability and Precision:
Micron-level precision creates significantly more predictable and accurate flap dimensions, including, most critically, reproducible flap thickness, within ± 10 microns, whereas variability with microkeratomes has been reported up to ± 40 microns. This increased precision preserves valuable corneal tissue and improves the predictability of the LASIK treatment.
The number of LASIK retreatments (or enhancements) is significantly lower for laser-created corneal flaps, avoiding the patient inconvenience of subsequent surgeries and the increased surgeon costs entailed with reoperations.
Reduced Dry Eye Symptoms:
In several clinical studies, standard tests performed to diagnose dry eye show a significant reduction in symptoms, the largest of which shows patient symptoms were reduced by 72 percent. This lower occurrence of dry eye symptoms may be due to the uniform and typically thinner flap, creating less disruption of nerves in the cornea.
The laser flap can be tailored to the individual patient’s needs, allowing physicians to individualize all steps in the LASIK procedure: custom diagnosis with wavefront; personalized flap creation with IntraLase, and, custom laser treatment with custom ablation.