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Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is an FDA-approved outpatient procedure that uses the excimer laser to reshape the cornea to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
The best way to determine if LASIK is right for you is a one-on-one consultation with a LASIK surgeon. LASIK is appropriate for people who:
- Are at least 21 year old
- Are not pregnant or nursing
- Are in good general health
- Have a stable prescription
- Have no eye disease
Steps involved in LASIK:
1. Your eyelids will be cleaned.
2. Anesthetic drops are given to completely numb the eye for comfort and a lid holder is used to keep your eyelids open.
3. A protective flap is created in the cornea and is gently lifted by the surgeon. Because the corneal flap preserves the surface layer of the cornea, discomfort following LASIK is minimized.
4. Your surgeon uses information from your extensive testing to set a surgical plan that is programmed into the laser. The computer calculates the required treatment and directs the laser. Computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light are applied to the inner layers of your cornea. The inner corneal layer is reshaped with the laser to mimic your contact lens or glasses prescription.
5. The surgeon gently replaces the flap and aligns it to its original position. It heals naturally and securely.
What is IntraLase?
The IntraLase femtosecond laser creates the corneal flap during the LASIK procedure. This laser makes it possible to have bladeless LASIK.
The Intralase laser is a silent, computer-guided laser used during the first step of the LASIK procedure to create the corneal flap. In bladeless LASIK, the laser forms a layer of air bubbles which creates a customized flap of uniform thickness.
The benefits of using the IntraLase laser to create the corneal flap include:
- Surgeons can treat a wider variety of patients, including patients with thinner corneas
- Eliminates the hand-held microkeratome blade, giving you an 'all laser' procedure
- IntraLase creates a more uniform flap which is thinner and more predictably consistent and stable than with the previous microkeratome flap.