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IntraLase® allows our LASIK Surgeons to use 100% blade-free laser technology to perform the critical first step in your LASIK procedure: creating the corneal flap. With the IntraLase® method, pulses of laser light create your corneal flap, which is then lifted so the next step of LASIK, the reshaping of your cornea can be performed. Prior to the introduction of IntraLase® technology, LASIK doctors would perform step 1 using a hand-held surgical blade called a microkeratome. The IntraLase laser allows our LASIK surgeons to create a more precise corneal flap that is custom designed and measured for each individual patient.
The IntraLase® uses tiny, rapid pulses of laser light (a Femtosecond laser) to create your corneal flap. Each pulse of light passes through the top layers of your cornea and forms microscopic bubbles at a specific depth and position within your eye that is determined by our LASIK surgeons. The laser will then move back and forth across your eye, creating a uniform layer of bubbles just beneath your corneal surface. Next, the IntraLase® laser stacks bubbles vertically around your corneal diameter to create the edges of your flap. These bubbles are stacked at an angle specified by our surgeons to accommodate the shape of your specific cornea. The creation of the flap itself takes only about 15-30 seconds per eye.
Once the flap has been created, your LASIK surgeon will lift the flap and begin reshaping your cornea with the VISX Star S4 Eximer Laser. When treatment is complete, the flap easily “locks” back into place and rapid healing begins.