IntraLase All Laser LASIK in Northern California
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LASIK Eye Surgery
Laser vision correction (also known as "refractive surgery") improves eyesight by using an excimer laser to change the way light is focused or refracted by the eyes. The most common type of refractive surgery is Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK).
In the first step of the LASIK procedure, surgeons mechanically create a corneal flap, a mirco-thin flap of tissue on the outer layer of the eye. Traditionally, surgeons create the flap using a mechanical device called a microkeratome. However, IntraLase allows the surgeon to use a femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap. IntraLase replaces the microkeratome with a computer-guided laser.
With the IntraLase Femtosecond (FS) Laser, the surgeon can now use tiny beams of laser light which for appropriate candidates can enhance the safety and accuracy of your procedure. This allows the surgeon to perform "all laser LASIK," using 2 different lasers for the 2 steps of the procedure: the femtosecond laser to make the flap, and the excimer laser to contour the cornea's curvature, adjusting its focusing power. The process can be up to 100 times more accurate, results in fewer complications and allows patients a higher degree of comfort.
IntraLase allows us yet another degree of accuracy and safety. Because of its accuracy, it allows us to treat a broader range of people including those who, because of the thickness of their corneas, weren't good candidates for the traditional LASIK procedure.