Also called Bladeless LASIK, the IntraLASIK surgery involves two procedures. First, instead of a microkeratome blade used in traditional LASIK, it uses the FDA-approved IntraLase® laser to create a flap with laser energy, allowing customization of the flap. The IntraLase ® laser is capable of creating extremely precise flaps of uniform thickness by producing tiny bubbles inside the cornea that are 1/10,000 of an inch in diameter. The laser beam cannot penetrate into the eye beyond the cornea. After the flap is created, an excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea in order to reduce farsightedness, nearsightedness, or astigmatism. The flap is returned to its original position, without sutures.
IntraLase® LASIK is performed as an outpatient procedure that requires approximately 10 minutes per eye. With the laser precision cut of the flap patients that were once considered unsuitable for LASIK due to thin corneas, may now be candidates. IntraLASIK may result in fewer complications, such as infection or epithelial ingrowth, than traditional LASIK due to the bladeless cut of the flap. Research has shown, more patients achieve vision that is 20/20 or better undergoing IntraLASIK procedures than other refractive methods. Also, numerous studies have shown that patients that have had traditional LASIK performed in one eye and IntraLASIK in the other eye prefer the IntraLASIK method.