"Everything is easier, from getting ready in the morning to not having to worry about losing a contact or my eyes being irritated at the end of the day. It's so much fun to see so clearly!"

-Annette Z.


To understand the benefits of the Intralase , one first needs to understand the conventional way to make a corneal flap. Since the dawn of LASIK, the device used to make a corneal flap has been a microkeratome: a mechanical device with a blade and a motor. For years this has been a very dependable device when properly maintained and in the hands of an experienced surgeon. However, on rare occasions, a microkeratome flap would have irregularities that might necessitate a delay in the completion of the surgery or lead to problems that were difficult to remedy. Such problems are virtually impossible with the Intralase because of the way in which it makes a flap. The patient’s eye is “docked” to the Intralase and a glass plate flattens the cornea. The Intralase then deposits pulses of energy at a very precise distance beyond the surface of the glass plate (or, when docked against the eye, at a very precise depth in the cornea). Each pulse of energy produces a microscopic bubble; the pulses are delivered so that an entire sheet of confluent bubbles is produced in the plane of the “flap-to-be.” Next, rings of pulses are stacked around the edge of the bubble layer until the surface of the cornea is reached. At the end of the procedure, the location of a flap has been defined with microscopic bubbles the surgeon then uses a tiny probe to "connect the dots" and lifts up a flap without ever having to cut the cornea. ...continue

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