LASIK (laser insitu keratomilieusis) is a laser ablation under a hinged flap of corneal tissue. LASIK is used to correct myopia and hypermetropia together with associated astigmatism. There are two steps in the LASIK procedure.
First, the surgeon creates a micro-thin corneal flap, which is lifted to expose the inner cornea for step two, tissue ablation by the excimer laser. The Intralase Femtosecond laser introduced the concept of blade-free LASIK in 2001 and today it is one of the fastest growing refractive surgical techniques. Femtosecond laser provides a blade free approach by creating thousands of microscopic bubbles at a precise depth beneath the corneal surface.
Unlike mechanical instruments, Intralase technology is uniquely able to program the dimensions of your corneal flap based on what’s best for your eye. Intralase is 100% blade-free, exceptionally advanced and has been shown to improve outcomes, especially among custom/wavefront patients. This method has been used successfully on hundreds of thousands of eyes and we trust this advanced technology to deliver exceptional results. Our commitment is to provide you with the ultimate in comfort, safety and outstanding vision. LASIK with Intralase can help you achieve all of this – while delivering the added assurance of knowing you’re being treated with the most advanced technology available.
Steps of LASIK Treatment
Step 1 The ultra-fast femtosecond laser uses an infrared light beam, generating up to 60,000 pulses per second, to prepare an optimal corneal architecture below the surface. Using an ‘inside-out’ process, the Intralase laser is precisely focused to a point within the cornea, where thousands of microscopic bubbles are formed to define the architecture of the intracorneal surface and the resulting flap. The surgeon controls flap diameter, depth, hinge location and width, and side-cut architecture. The Intralase femtosecond laser allows the surgeon to vary these factors to suit each individual patient. Bubbles are then stacked along the edge up to the corneal surface, completing step one.
Step 2 The physician then exposes the prepared corneal bed for excimer laser treatment with our SCHWIND AMARIS 750S by lifting the flap. The LASIK procedure is complete when the flap is securely repositioned on its beveled edge.