What is Intralase Femtosecond?
In bladeless LASIK — also called IntraLase Femtosecond LASIK — your LASIK surgeon uses two types of lasers for the vision correction procedure.
First, an ultra-fast femtosecond laser is used to create a thin flap in the cornea. Then, an excimer laser is used to reshape the underlying corneal tissue to correct your vision. The flap is then returned to its original position. The femtosecond laser eliminates the need for a bladed surgical tool to create the corneal flap.
Blade-free LASIK allows some patients who were previously ineligible for laser eye surgery to have the procedure. A thin cornea may disqualify some persons interested in LASIK, however with blade-free technology, a thinner flap is possible, thus allowing many persons with thin corneas to now have laser vision correction.
Generally, anyone who qualifies for LASIK surgery is a good candidate for bladeless LASIK. Also, some studies have suggested that all-laser LASIK may decrease the risk of certain LASIK complications associated with the use of a bladed surgical tool. More patients in clinical trials achieved 20/20 or better vision when their procedure was performed using Intralase. Patients also report better quality vision overall, particularly in terms of their ability to see well in low light, such as at dusk or at night.
If you feel like you may be a candidate for LASIK surgery, contact MidWest Eye Center to schedule a consultation with one of our LASIK Specialists at (800) 385-EYES (3937).
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Doctors Who Perform This Procedure
Saif Jaweed, M.D.
Joseph T. Mando, M.D