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Intralase — The Bladeless Eye Surgery Method

Per­fect vision is some­thing about which many of us only dream. In recent decades, that dream has evolved into a safe, afford­able real­i­ty. LASIK eye surgery is one of the most com­mon ways to treat inad­e­quate vision. Using a high­ly advanced tool used to cut through the cornea, a sur­geon can make the respec­tive, nec­es­sary adjust­ments to cor­rect vision, even ren­der it per­fect.

Now, the pro­ce­dure has advanced beyond antic­i­pa­tion, fore­go­ing the need for a blade at all. Blade­less LASIK, also known as IntraLase LASIK, uses only lasers to exe­cute the cor­rec­tive pro­ce­dure.

Via Fem­tosec­ond com­put­er tech­nol­o­gy, a sur­geon guides an extreme­ly high-speed laser to the exact loca­tion on a patient’s eye. The tis­sue is tar­get­ed pre­cise­ly, then spliced at a mol­e­c­u­lar lev­el to cre­ate a flap. To form the flap, a tiny pat­tern of over­lap­ping bub­bles is implant­ed just beneath the corneal sur­face by infrared ener­gy. Then, below the flap, a sec­ond laser is used to make the need­ed adjust­ments to the corneal tis­sue. Because there is no heat or impact applied to near­by tis­sue, the flap returns even­ly into place, falling nat­u­ral­ly and requir­ing min­i­mal heal­ing time.

Besides its quick­er heal­ing times, IntraLase expands the oppor­tu­ni­ty for patients to under­go the refrac­tive pro­ce­dure. In the past, some patients have been denied LASIK pro­ce­dures because their corneas were too thin. By using lasers instead of blades, the pro­ce­dure is now suit­able and suc­cess­ful for these patients.

Elim­i­nat­ing blades also elim­i­nates rare com­pli­ca­tions that can arise- again, rarely- when using the blade. It is pos­si­ble that when reshap­ing the cornea, the met­al blade can cut uneven flap edges. As you can imag­ine, this would cause an abnor­mal corneal sur­face to form dur­ing the heal­ing process. The irreg­u­lar­i­ty could then spark a vision defect, such as an astig­ma­tism. By not using a blade, IntraLase avoids this small mar­gin of error pos­si­bil­i­ty entire­ly.

When it comes to safe­ty, IntraLase ranks very high­ly. Its biggest con­tender for the cor­rec­tive pro­ce­dure is PRK, the sur­face-focused ver­sion of the improve­ment. Both are safe, secure and afford­able pro­ce­dures. Some patients will rank more opti­mal­ly for one that the oth­er due to cur­rent eye con­di­tions like corneal thick­ness. Whether your eye doc­tor is sug­gest­ing one surgery over the oth­er, or leav­ing it up to you to choose, it is impor­tant to under­stand both pro­ce­dures so that you can make the most informed deci­sion about the future of your eye­sight.

IntraLase vs PRK:

  • IntraLase lasers through the cornea to adjust the under­ly­ing tis­sue. PRK removes a bit of the cornea, reme­dies the under­ly­ing tis­sue, then allows the epithe­li­um to regen­er­ate.
  • IntraLase allows for faster heal­ing times, which is why patients gen­er­al­ly favor this pro­ce­dure. IntraLase heal­ing time is usu­al­ly around 24 hours, where­as PRK requires three to four days of heal­ing.
  • PRK is tech­ni­cal­ly safer than Inta­Lase because the treat­ment is per­formed direct­ly on the sur­face of the cornea. No flap is made, so no flap com­pli­ca­tions are pos­si­ble. The corneal tis­sue remains intact, so if future pro­ce­dures are need­ed, the cornea is strong and sta­ble.  
  • PRK might have few­er short-term post-op symp­toms. Although imme­di­ate heal­ing times with PRK are longer, there is some evi­dence that the short-term post-oper­a­tive effects, such as dry eyes, are few­er.

Whether you are con­sid­er­ing IntraLase or PRK, you are in incred­i­bly safe hands. Both pro­ce­dures rank at the top for safest expe­ri­ences and both boast exceed­ing­ly suc­cess­ful out­comes for cor­rect­ing eye­sight. Being knowl­edge­able on your cur­rent eye health and the ben­e­fits of both pro­ce­dures is impor­tant, and we encour­age you to con­tin­ue learn­ing more. For more infor­ma­tion on LASIK IntraLase, get in touch with your near­est Dia­mond Vision Cen­ter. Per­fect vision is just around the cor­ner!

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