IntraLase: A Lasik Alternative That Could Work for You

IntraLase can make it possible for you to achieve the vision correction you’re hoping for, even if your doctor told you that you aren’t a good candidate for traditional Lasik surgery.

Even if your cornea is too flat or thin for the regular procedure, you still could see good results with this modern, efficient treatment option.

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IntraLase: A Bladeless Procedure

In traditional Lasik, your eye doctor uses an instrument called a microkeratome, a hand-held blade, to cut a small flap in your cornea. They then use laser energy to reshape the eye and restore clear vision. This is not a high-risk procedure — Lasik is one of the safest surgeries in the medical field. However, if a patient has a complication, it’s usually related to the microkeratome.

IntraLase is an all-laser procedure that eliminates the need for using the microkeratome blade. Instead of using an instrument to make a flap in the cornea, IntraLase technology maps out the shape of your eye and uses a laser to create a more accurate corneal flap.

What Does the Process Entail?

The entire process is done in about 10 minutes. The initial laser will target your eye with light pulses, forming tiny bubbles underneath the cornea’s surface. Your doctor will separate the tissue above where the bubbles have formed, then use an excimer laser to reshape the eye and correct your vision.

After vision correction is complete, the flap is replaced and rebonds with the rest of the cornea. Using this method to create a perfectly even flap results in better vision once the healing process is complete.

What Are the Benefits?

One of the complications that can arise from traditional Lasik is the blade sometimes creates a corneal flap with uneven edges. This can result in an uneven cornea and even astigmatism.

With IntraLase, this risk is significantly lowered, because the laser’s precision is nearly always accurate. In addition, patients who undergo IntraLase report fewer instances of dry eyes after the procedure.

Are There Side Effects?

Your eyes may feel sensitive to light, your vision may blur and your eyes may be red for a few days to a week after the procedure. These symptoms usually pass quickly. Your doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure healing is continuing as expected and you’re not having any vision complications.

Is IntraLase Right for You?

If you’ve been turned away from traditional Lasik due to your eye shape, consider this safe, effective alternative. If you’re tired of wearing glasses and contact lenses and you’re ready to see your world in sharp focus, contact Salt Lake Eye Associates to find out more about IntraLase.