IntraLase® FS Laser
The IntraLase FS Laser brings a new level of safety and assurance to vision correction surgery by providing an all-laser approach for optimal precision. Now, the accuracy of a computer-controlled laser may be used to create the corneal flap for LASIK, providing unprecedented control and the ability to customize the flap for each of our patients.
Traditionally, the creation of a corneal flap was performed with a mechanical, hand-held device (known as a microkeratome) which moved across the cornea to cut the flap.
Because many LASIK complications are attributed to the unpredictable performance of the microkeratome, the new Intra LASIK all-laser surgical approach is being eagerly embraced across the US. Now, The IntraLase FS laser is a safer, computer-controlled alternative to a mechanical microkeratome for creating corneal flaps in the LASIK procedure. Although mechanical microkeratomes are safe, they can cause complications in 1 in 2500 or 5000 cases. Using the IntraLase FS Laser takes LASIK safety to the next level by significantly reducing the chance for removing that rare complication.
LASIK using the IntraLase FS Laser is called IntraLASIK. To make the corneal flap, the IntraLase FS Laser, the laser beam is focused into a tiny spot of energy that passes harmlessly through the outer layers of the cornea until reaching its exact focal point within the central layer of the cornea. There the corneal flap procedure is initiated, silently and painlessly, with remarkable precision. The IntraLase FS Laser can also be used to create the channels and entry cuts for placement of Intacs. Using the IntraLase FS Laser for this procedure assures that the two segments are placed at the exact same depth and removes the need for making the more surgically difficult mechanical channel.
Researchers are exploring the possibility of using the IntraLase FS Laser in other procedures, such as cornea transplants and glaucoma treatment.
Why The IntraLase FS Laser?
- IntraLASIK provides our patients with an extra margin of safety by eliminating potential complications from mechanical microkeratomes.
- IntraLASIK allows us to perform LASIK on patients with thin corneas because we can make a precise more shallow flap, which allows us to correct higher levels of refractive error.
- IntraLASIK provides both the patient and the surgeon with a higher level of confidence knowing the creation of the flap will be without complications. Patients and surgeons relax more during the procedure making it more enjoyable for all.
- IntraLASIK makes laser vision correction an all laser procedure, which significantly adds to its precision and predictability.
- IntraLASIK also creates better fitting flaps. Once put back in place, these flaps form a tight seal, making flap dislocation after the procedure more difficult.
- The corneal flap procedure with IntraLASIK, using the IntraLase FS Laser is painless and more comfortable as there is much less pressure placed on the cornea with the laser vs the mechanical microkeratome.
If you would like to learn more about Laser Vision Correction, or find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK, call us at 800-537-3327 or click here to request a consultation.