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Prior to the IntraLase Method, doctors created the corneal flaps with an instrument called a microkeratome, which is a fine, oscillating, hand-held steel blade. The IntraLase Method, by contrast, eliminates the need to use a blade at all. Instead, a computer guided IntraLase® laser delivers rapid pulses of light, a quadrillionth of a second each, to a pre-programmed depth and position within your cornea. Each pulse forms a microscopic bubble. As the IntraLase laser moves back and forth across your eye, the bubbles connect to form a corneal flap. Just prior to the LASIK surgery, the doctor gently lifts the flap where these bubbles have created a smooth surface.
With the IntraLase Method, LASIK is not only 100% blade-free, but it also allows the physician to tailor-make the flap based on what’s best for your eye, providing you a greater opportunity to achieve 20/20 vision or better.
LASIK surgery has advanced steadily over the years; the technology used to measure your visual error prior to surgery has become more powerful and corrections can be optimized to your needs. Until the IntraLase Method, however, the creation of the corneal flap was the one step that lacked the technological sophistication of the rest of the LASIK procedure. As it turns out, that step is an important one in terms of providing you with the best possible LASIK experience.
In addition, if you were not eligible for LASIK surgery performed with a microkeratome due to steep, flat, or thin corneas, you may now be a candidate with the IntraLase Method.
IntraLase® is the most advanced technology for corneal flap creation available today, and will give you greater confidence and assurance in moving forward with laser vision correction.
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