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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