If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, you may have considered laser surgery to correct your vision. Intralase is becoming increasingly popular as patients and ophthalmologists realize the benefits of bladeless technology. During traditional LASIK surgery , a microkeratome blade is used to create a flap in the cornea. Intralase eliminates the need for a blade by using a laser beam instead. Talk to your ophthalmologist about whether Intralase surgery could be right for you. Here’s a look at some of the benefits:
During traditional LASIK surgery, the microkeratome blade sometimes creates uneven flap edges, which can lead to complications. Patients experienced abnormal corneal surfaces, irregular astigmatism, and other vision defects. Because the Intralase system does not use a blade of any kind, complications are quite rare. If you’re concerned about patient safety, the Intralase procedure could be right for you.
The microkeratome blade used in previous LASIK surgeries was operated directly by the ophthalmologist. During an Intralase procedure, the eye doctor calculates the precise depth and diameter required for the corneal flap. He or she enters this information into the computer and the computer guides the laser beam. The elimination of the hand-held blade in favor of a computer-guided laser greatly improves precision and accuracy, which further enhances patient safety.
Patients who have undergone an Intralase procedure have reported a preference for this technology. Clinical studies have confirmed that patients achieve superior vision from the laser procedure; many are able to achieve 20/20 vision or better. People who were not previously good candidates for LASIK surgery due to having thin corneas may now be able to undergo corrective vision surgery with Intralase.
To discuss whether you’re a good candidate for Intralase, schedule a consultation with the NYC office of Dr. Mark Hornfeld. We offer the latest technology in vision corrective surgery. Give us a call today at (212) 580-8881 to learn how our ophthalmologists can help you see more clearly.