Blade-Free LASIK with the Advanced Precision of IntraLase
Precision and safety are our primary goals in LASIK. To that end, Bloomberg Eye Center brings the latest technology to our patient here in Columbus and Central Ohio. That is why we offer blade-free IntraLase as step one in your all-laser LASIK treatment.
With IntraLase, a beam of laser light is used to create the corneal flap, which is then lifted so the second step of LASIK—the reshaping of the cornea—can be done. When the LASIK treatment is over, the flap is securely repositioned into place. This bladeless, computer-guided technology is more accurate than most mechanical microkeratomes (hand-held device with a thin metal blade) that surgeons may also use to create a corneal flap.* The combination of Intralase with custom LASIK is referred to as “i-LASIK”
iLASIK is now the approved technology for Navy pilots and NASA astronauts
IntraLase Assurance and Comfort
IntraLase has been used successfully on hundreds of thousands of eyes in the US, including here in Columbus and Central Ohio, and we trust this advanced technology to deliver exceptional results. Our commitment is to provide you with the ultimate in comfort, safety, and outstanding vision. Blade-free LASIK with IntraLase can help you achieve all of this—while it delivers the added assurance of knowing you’re being treated with the most advanced technology there is.
How IntraLase works
Unlike mechanical instruments, IntraLase technology is uniquely able to program the dimensions of your flap based on what’s best for your eye. Then the IntraLase laser creates your flap from below the surface of the cornea—without ever cutting it. How?
1. IntraLase uses ultrafast pulses of laser light to position microscopic bubbles at a precise depth determined by your doctor.
2. The laser light passes harmlessly through your cornea. Then the laser creating rows of these bubbles just beneath your corneal surface as it moves back and forth across your eye in a uniform plane.
3. Next, the IntraLase laser stacks bubbles around your corneal diameter to create the edges of your flap. These bubbles are stacked at an angle that is determined by your doctor and is
individualized to the way your eye is shaped.
4. The process takes only about 30 seconds from start to finish—it’s quiet and it’s comfortable.
5. Your doctor then gently lifts the flap to allow for the second step of your LASIK treatment. When treatment is complete, the flap easily “locks” back into position and rapidly begins to heal.
Blade-Free LASIK is preferred by patients.
In a survey of clinical practices, the vision in the IntraLase-treated eye was preferred up to 3 to 1 by patients over the vision in the mechanical blade-treated eye (among those who stated a preference).**
Blade-Free LASIK delivers superior visual results.In a clinical study comparing the IntraLase laser to the leading microkeratome, more patients achieved 20/20 vision or better in standard and custom LASIK surgery when IntraLase was used to create the corneal flap.***
Because of the superior accuracy of IntraLase, certain patients who were ineligible for LASIK may now be able to have treatment. Ask your doctor today if you are a candidate.
*Wang M. Femtosecond technology: is now the time to buy? Refractive Eyecare for Ophthalmologists. May 2003;5:7.
** Daniel S Durrie, M.D.: Randomized prospective clinical study of LASIK: IntraLase versus mechanical keratome. Subsets presented at the Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology & the International Society of Refractive Surgery, November 14, 2003, Anaheim, CA, the Symposium of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, May 4, 2004, San Diego, CA, the International Refractive Surgery: Science and Practice, October 23, 2004, New Orleans, LA, and the Symposium of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, April 18, 2005, Washington, DC.
*** Durrie, DS, MD, Kezirian GM, MD. Femtosecond laser versus mechanical keratome flaps in wavefront-guided laser in situ keratomileusis: Prospective contralateral eye study. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2005;31:120-126.