Laser vision correction has been astoundingly successful since the FDA approved it for correcting nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism during the late 1990s. At Northeastern Eye Institute (NEI), we have performed thousands of LASIK procedures and our patients have been very enthusiastic about their improved vision. As a result, they have greatly reduced or eliminated their dependence on glasses and contact lenses.
"After a custom LASIK procedure at Northeastern Eye Institute, my vision improved to the point where I could qualify to be a fighter pilot. Not bad when you consider I couldn't drive without wearing my glasses before that..."
— DJ Dave DiRienzo
All surgeries entail a certain amount of risk, even if very small, and the rare complications that may occur with LASIK have now been reduced even further by a new variation of the traditional LASIK procedure. It's known as Intralase and its contribution to the safety of LASIK is the use of a laser instead of a hand-held microkeratome to create the small flap of corneal tissue that's needed in a LASIK treatment. It's known as "all-laser" LASIK.
What Makes Intralase Different?
Creation of the flap is the first step in a LASIK procedure, and the use of an excimer laser to treat the underlying corneal tissue is the second step. Traditionally, the flap is created using a microkeratome which is a sophisticated surgical instrument with a very precise oscillating blade.
In rare cases, microkeratome use has led to less-than-perfect flap creation including:
- Uneven flap edges which in turn can lead to an irregular corneal surface and a certain amount of astigmatism
- Incomplete flaps, known as buttonhole flaps, which can lead to small scars
The Intralase Method™
At NEI, we now offer the Intralase Method™ for creating the corneal flap. This is a blade-free technique where, instead of using a microkeratome, we use a cool laser which emits microscopically tiny pulses of light.
Each pulse of light travels through the outer surface of the cornea to a pre-determined depth and creates a tiny bubble. Thousands of such bubbles are formed according to the specific treatment plan previously devised by your NEI eye surgeon. The effect of these bubbles is to loosen corneal tissue, allowing it to be dislodged.
Because the bubbles can be placed very precisely, they create a thinner and smoother flap than can be created with a microkeratome. Whereas a microkeratome separates the flap in a straight line, the Intralase laser can create it in a curved contour that matches your eye.
After the flap is created and folded back, our FDA-approved excimer laser, guided by the previously gathered data about your specific eye contours using our CustomVue Wavefront system, ablates, or evaporates, microscopically tiny pieces of corneal tissue to correct your vision. This takes only minutes, and then the flap is replaced. Being a thinner and smoother flap, it usually heals more quickly, acting as a bandage while the treated area below it heals. The resulting improvement in your vision is more predictable.
Benefits of Intralase
Since the Intralase laser creates a thinner flap, it enlarges the pool of good LASIK candidates. If you have previously been told that your corneas are too thin for a LASIK procedure, you may now be able to enjoy the benefits of vision correction through Intralase.
We invite you to contact us for more information about this exciting new refinement in LASIK procedures, i.e. the All Laser - Intralase Custom LASIK Procedure. We're very confident that you'll be as impressed as we are. Please call (800) 844-6315 or contact us online to arrange your individualized consultation.