IntraLase Lasik: Blade-free laser
Did you know that the concept for the ultrafast bladeless laser originated here at the Kellogg Eye Center? Our ophthalmology resident went on to form IntraLase Corp. Read about it in the Winter 2010 Advances in Ophthalmology.
In this procedure, the surgeon creates a flap in the cornea using the new IntraLase system, an ultrafast and precise laser. This laser replaces the surgical blade traditionally used in LASIK surgery. While many patients have experienced very good outcomes with the conventional approach, the new laser gives the surgeon exceptional control in creating the corneal flap, and reduces the chance of complications. Once the flap is created, it is folded back to allow the excimer laser to reshape the corneal tissue underneath. The flap is then returned to its original position. No stitches are needed. Most people return to work within 24 hours.
Advantages of IntraLase over conventional LASIK
- Offers an extra degree of assurance about the safety of the procedure
- More patients qualify as candidates for laser vision correction, especially those who may have been disqualified due to thin corneas
Advantages of IntraLase over PRK and LASEK
- Less postoperative pain and haze
- Faster recovery of vision