IntraLASIK > Frequently Asked Questions
The IntaLase laser is uniquely safe, uniquely precise, and offers patients predictably better visual results. The advanced IntraLase technology has given many patients more confidence when considering laser vision correction. Surgeons frequently prescribe the INTRALASE™ FS laser because it provides micron level accuracy and significantly reduces the possibility of risk and unpredictable outcomes.
How is IntraLase different from traditional LASIK?
Traditionally, the surgeon has created the corneal flap with a hand-held mechanical device which utilizes a surgical blade. This method has worked well over the years; however, the performance of these devices can be unpredictable. And although LASIK complications are rare, this mechanical device is frequently the source for many of the reported complications.
With the IntraLase laser, the surgeon uses the precision of a laser to create the corneal flap. The accuracy of the laser (100 times more accurate than a blade) is unparalleled by any other technology in vision correction surgery. This advanced technology allows the surgeon more control during the procedure, and even allows customization of the corneal flap for every individual patient. Because of its consistent accuracy, IntraLase now makes it possible to treat many patients who were dismissed as candidates for laser vision correction due to thin corneas.
Is this the same as the customized procedure I have heard so much about?
• Every patient’s eyes are different and therefore need to be evaluated independently and uniquely treated. Now all steps of the laser vision correction procedure may be customized to the individual: custom diagnosis (before the procedure), custom flap (to start the procedure), and custom treatment (to complete the procedure).
Is IntraLase safer?
• The IntraLase laser provides a unique level of safety because of its micron level precision. Clinical studies establishing the precision and accuracy of the INTRALASE® FS laser have led researchers to proclaim IntraLase technology as100 times more accurate in creating the flap (the first step of the LASIK procedure) than the traditional approach with a surgical blade. The statement is founded upon comparative studies that report the likelihood of inaccuracy with the mechanical device as compared to that of the INTRALASE FS laser.
• This precision was also documented in studies conducted for the FDA clearance of the laser, where the accuracy of flap thickness was demonstrated at +/- 10 microns. Precise flap thickness is critical to a successful LASIK outcome, and this degree of accuracy is unprecedented in flap creation technology to date.
• Finally, greater flap stability was also demonstrated with the IntraLase laser in studies for the laser’s FDA submission. The assurance that the flap will be securely re-positioned without incident provides added peace of mind for many patients.
Is traditional LASIK unsafe?
Another provider told me their technology is used more often. Who do I believe?
How would you compare the visual outcomes using IntraLase with those of traditional LASIK?
• Surgeons may now offer a new level of predictability to each patient in all parts of the procedure: custom diagnosis (before the procedure), custom flap (to start the procedure), and custom treatment (to complete the procedure). We believe that IntraLase is the essential ingredient of this strategy to obtain your best vision while maintaining the highest standards for safety and patient care.
I have seen several advertisements for “All-Laser LASIK.” Is this IntraLase?
Is IntraLase more expensive?
• IntraLase technology provides greater precision, safety and predictability. IntraLase surgeons believe that laser vision correction enriched with IntraLase is one of the most important advances in technology today. Because of its unique safety profile, these surgeons have invested in the technology in order to maintain their commitment to excellence in patient care.
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