Intralase LASIK- entirely new level of safety and precision!

Intralase LASIK is an advanced form of LASIK that uses the new INTRALASE fem­tosec­ond laser. While tra­di­tion­al LASIK is a very safe, effec­tive and pre­cise pro­ce­dure, Intralase surgery fur­ther reduces the risk of com­pli­ca­tions. As a result, patients gain a new lev­el of con­fi­dence in laser vision cor­rec­tion. In addi­tion, Intralase LASIK extends the ben­e­fits of the pro­ce­dure to many patients who were poor can­di­dates before.

How is Intralase LASIK different from traditional LASIK?

Both LASIK and Intralase LASIK sculpt the inner lay­ers of the cornea (the front part of the eye) with an excimer laser. Before the excimer laser is applied, the sur­geon cre­ates a flap to reach the inner lay­ers of the cornea, then re-posi­tions it after the treat­ment. Many peo­ple do not real­ize that in tra­di­tion­al LASIK this first step, the flap cre­ation, is accom­plished using a blade.

Now, the blade is replaced by the Intralase laser, mak­ing Intralase surgery a tru­ly all-laser pro­ce­dure and elim­i­nat­ing all blade-relat­ed com­pli­ca­tions.

Is traditional LASIK unsafe?

No, tra­di­tion­al LASIK is a safe, effec­tive and pre­cise pro­ce­dure with min­i­mal risk. In more than two mil­lion pro­ce­dures con­duct­ed world­wide, expe­ri­enced sur­geons have achieved extreme­ly low flap com­pli­ca­tion rates (0.1–0.5%). Nev­er­the­less, Intralase LASIK reduces risks by as much as 95 per­cent because of few­er flap com­pli­ca­tions, espe­cial­ly for less expe­ri­enced sur­geons.

How would you compare the visual outcomes using Intralase with those of traditional LASIK?

While Intralase LASIK was devel­oped to reduce flap-relat­ed com­pli­ca­tions and bring reas­sur­ance to patients, sur­geons also noticed that Intralase pro­vid­ed bet­ter qual­i­ty of vision. In a 2004 study con­duct­ed by Dr. Dan Dur­rie, MD, 97% of patients achieved 20/20 after Intralase surgery, ver­sus 78% with tra­di­tion­al LASIK. A Dia­mond Vision study also showed that four times less Intralase patients need­ed enhance­ments as com­pared to tra­di­tion­al LASIK patients.

How does Intralase LASIK create a flap?

Intralase LASIK deliv­ers puls­es of infra-red light at the pre­cise depth and loca­tion need­ed by the sur­geon. Each of these spots cre­ates a “bub­ble”, which togeth­er carve an ultra-pre­cise corneal flap.

I have seen several advertisements for “bladeless” or “all Laser LASIK.” Is this Intralase? 

The INTRALASE FS Laser is the only laser that pro­vides Intralase. And only Intralase com­bines the ver­sa­til­i­ty and con­ve­nience of LASIK with the safe­ty and micron-lev­el pre­ci­sion of a tru­ly all laser sur­gi­cal approach. Intralase should not be con­fused with sur­face abla­tion pro­ce­dures such as PRK, LASIK or LTK. Patients should ask for Intralase by name.

What is the new FS150 Intralase upgrade?

Dia­mond Vision is one of a hand­ful of prac­tices around the coun­try to offer the new FS150 Intralase upgrade. It is only nat­ur­al for Dia­mond Vision to upgrade ear­li­er than oth­er prac­tices, because it was the first to offer Cus­tomVue Intralase surgery in the New York met­ro­pol­i­tan area in 2003, and there­fore already has the most expe­ri­ence with Intralase.

The new FS150 Intralase upgrade brings:

  • A faster treat­ment, increas­ing com­fort for the patient
  • Small­er spots placed more tight­ly togeth­er, result­ing in an eas­i­er flap lift
  • More spots that each car­ry a low­er lev­el of ener­gy, result­ing in less tem­po­rary inflam­ma­tion of sur­round­ing tis­sues, for a more com­fort­able post-oper­a­tive expe­ri­ence
  • Even more pin­point pre­ci­sion in the for­ma­tion of the corneal flap, for even clear­er vision.

Is Intralase LASIK more expensive?

Advanced tech­nolo­gies are usu­al­ly more expen­sive for sur­geons to employ in their prac­tice. Most patients agree that the added lev­el of safe­ty and assur­ance offered by Intralase LASIK is well worth the mar­gin­al, addi­tion­al cost.

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