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What Is the Difference Between Intralase and Traditional LASIK?

If you’ve decided to undergo a laser eye procedure to correct your vision problems, you may want to learn a little more about your options. At Vista Laser Vision, our resident opthalmologist, Dr. Mark Hornfeld, is skilled in both traditional LASIK as well as Intralase, and offers both to our New York City clients. If you’re wondering what the differences are between the two, read ahead to find out:

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Blade vs. Bladeless

The biggest difference between traditional LASIK and Intralase is the mechanism used to perform the vision correction. Intralase does not use a blade like LASIK, but instead employs a new, technologically advanced machine that uses lasers. These lasers are able to create a more precise flap and reduce the risk of complications caused by blades. Although these complications are incredibly rare, they are possible with LASIK.

Length of Procedure

Intralase typically takes longer to perform than a traditional LASIK procedure. This can make a difference for patients who are more inclined to elect a shorter procedure for medical reasons or personal comfort. You can discuss the differences in length with your laser eye surgeon as well as any differences in price between the two procedures.

Conditions Treated

Traditional LASIK may not be the best fit for every patient because it requires the eye to be in relatively stable shape. Patients will need to have a thick enough cornea to cut into in order for the surgery to be performed. If your vision has significantly declined over the last two years and complications like astigmatism and myopic vision have worsened, your doctor may recommend Intralase over LASIK.

At Vista Laser Vision, we work with each individual client to determine which laser corrective surgery is the best option for his or her vision condition and lifestyle. Dr. Mark Hornfeld is certified and experienced in performing both LASIK and Intralase, and can discuss the benefits of each to guarantee the best decision is made. Call us today at (212) 580-8881 to set up your consultation.