• A photo of an article explaining the difference between Intralase and Lasik

What is Intralase?

Won­der­ing what the all the hype about Intralase is? The term Intralase refers to an advanced form of LASIK surgery that is per­formed using an INTRALASE fem­tosec­ond laser to cut the flap of the eye, rather than a blade as is the case with tra­di­tion­al LASIK.

Tra­di­tion­al LASIK surgery is already an effec­tive and safe method of cor­rec­tive eye surgery, but the new Intralase pro­ce­dure gives sur­geons a lot more pre­ci­sion, fur­ther reduc­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty of any com­pli­ca­tions. The increased pre­ci­sion of Intralase has now made LASIK surgery a viable option for many who were once deemed poor can­di­dates.

Are there many oth­er dif­fer­ences between the two?

No, both meth­ods fol­low the same pro­ce­dures. LASIK and Intralase both shape the inte­ri­or lay­ers of the cornea with an excimer laser, but before that can be done, the sur­geon cre­ates a flap that allows him/her to access the inner lay­ers of the eye. Then flap is then placed back to its orig­i­nal posi­tion after the surgery. That’s where the dif­fer­ence between these two cor­rec­tive eye surgery tech­niques lies. In the case of tra­di­tion­al LASIK, the flap is cre­at­ed with a blade, while Intralase uses a laser to make the cut. That makes Intralase the first tru­ly all-laser eye pro­ce­dure. The results? An increas­ing num­ber of peo­ple are com­fort­able with the idea of laser vision cor­rec­tion.

Was laser eye surgery unsafe before Intralase?

Not at all. Tra­di­tion­al LASIK surgery is a safe and effec­tive vision cor­rec­tion method, with very lit­tle risk involved. With over 2 mil­lion pro­ce­dures per­formed all over the globe, only 0.1–0.5 per­cent of patients had any com­pli­ca­tions. With the advent of Intralase surgery, that risk is now min­i­mized by an addi­tion­al 95 per­cent. This makes cor­rec­tive laser eye surgery an even safer pro­ce­dure mov­ing for­ward, even when con­duct­ed by sur­geons with lit­tle expe­ri­ence.

That is because all of the risks asso­ci­at­ed with cut­ting the cornea with a blade are removed when you decide to go with Intralase, rather than tra­di­tion­al LASIK pro­ce­dures. Con­t­a­m­i­na­tion (and thus poten­tial infec­tions) is one of those risks present when per­form­ing any form of surgery with a blade. There is no amount of ster­il­iza­tion that will make a blade as ster­ile as a laser.

How exact­ly do you go about cre­at­ing a flap with a laser?

Dur­ing Intralase surgery, the flap of your eye is removed by puls­es of infrared light that are sent out to pre­cise spots on the eye. The com­bined efforts of these spots is what actu­al­ly cuts out a pre­cise piece of the cornea.

Are blade­less eye pro­ce­dures the same as Intralase?

No, there are oth­er blade­less pro­ce­dures out there, but none is the same as Intralase.

The Intralase FS laser is the only laser in the world that com­bines the proven track record of LASIK eye surgery pro­ce­dures with a pre­ci­sion all-laser approach. This makes

Intralase unique from oth­er pro­ce­dures like LTK, PRK, or LASIK. Make sure you ask for Intralase by name if you are inter­est­ed in this laser vision cor­rec­tion method.

Is Intralase still as effec­tive with the FS150 Intralase upgrade?

Yes, it is even bet­ter now with the laser upgrade. With this new upgrade, you now get:

 Faster treat­ment and increased com­fort.

 More tight­ly grouped small­er spots that make the flap cut­ting process more pre­cise.

 The spots now car­ry less ener­gy, mean­ing less inflam­ma­tion after the surgery and short­er recov­ery times.

 The added pre­ci­sion dur­ing the flap cut­ting process means clear­er vision for patients.

Is Intralase more expen­sive?

Yes. Like most new tech­nolo­gies, Intralase is a bit more expen­sive than oth­er sim­i­lar cor­rec­tive vision tech­niques, but giv­en the extreme­ly low odds of com­pli­ca­tions dur­ing Intralase pro­ce­dures, it is easy to jus­ti­fy the added cost.

October 29th, 2015|Comments Off on What is Intralase?

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.


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