Blade-Free Technology for a Safer LASIK Procedure
Blade-free LASIK is an all laser approach to correcting your vision. There are two important steps in the LASIK procedure. In Step One, a micro-thin flap of tissue is created on your cornea. The flap is important for rapid healing and greater comfort. If it is too thick, too thin, or irregular, it could affect the quality of your vision. Although complications with LASIK are rare, when they do occur, they are most often associated with the instrument used in Step One of LASIK.
By replacing the traditional blade commonly used in Step One with a femtosecond laser, IntraLase has made LASIK eye surgery safer than ever before. IntraLase delivers micron-level accuracy 100 percent greater than a traditional blade for more accurate and consistent flap thickness, factors critical for a successful LASIK outcome.
IntraLase creates a flap of precise size, shape, and depth. To achieve such precision, Dr. Snyder uses the laser to rapidly separate mico-thin layers of the cornea as he creates the flap. The laser uses an infrared beam of light to precisely separate tissue through photodisruption. In this process, laser pulses divide material at the molecular level without the transfer of heat or impact to the surrounding tissue.
In Step Two, the flap is lifted to expose the inner cornea which is treated with the VISX Star S4 IR excimer laser to correct your vision. This laser gently reshapes the cornea by using Wavefront analysis measurements to provide a Custom treatment for each patient's individual vision correction needs. This is important to provide you with the best quality of vision possible. Once the procedure is completed, the flap is positioned back in place. After their LASIK procedure, most patients can resume driving and most normal activities the next day!
IntraLase Laser VISX Star S4 IR Excimer Laser
To date, over 3,000,000 patients have chosen IntraLase for their LASIK procedures.