LASIK (Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) surgery as a corrective procedure for defective vision has been widely accepted for several years now. In fact, a variety of popular options are available for someone contemplating undergoing the procedure. One of the many choices is the Intra LASIK or what is also known as Intralase. This is a type of LASIK surgery which does not make use of blades during the corrective eye operation. Not even a single blade is utilized in cutting the eye since a laser is employed in lieu of the sharp instrument.
A Bladeless Approach
The traditional approach of LASIK surgeons in performing the eye operation was vastly reliant on the use of microkeratome in creating a corneal flap. It is a minute instrument made of a steel blade and held in the hand. Through the oscillating motion of microkeratome, a cut will be created as it moves across the cornea. While the method has been proven to be effective, no innovations have been enacted to improve it significantly. In addition to that, the very rare occurrences of LASIK complications are mostly due or associated with microkeratome usage. This finding compelled the researchers and manufacturers to come up with an alternative means. Thus, Intra LASIK came to be.
The Intra LASIK technique is far more sophisticated than its traditional counterpart. It is a bladeless method in creating a corneal flap. Eye doctors no longer need a blade at all. Instead of a hand held blade, a laser that is controlled by a computer moves back and forth across the eye. Pulses of light are delivered rapidly with an estimated rhythm of a quadrillion per second.
The laser aims at the pre-programmed depth and location within the eye’s cornea. With each pulse, a microscopic bubble is being formed. A connection of all these bubbles will constitute the corneal flap. This thin layer of tissue is gently lifted and folded back by the surgeon in order to expose the portion of the eye which needs reshaping during the LASIK surgery.
Advantages of Intralase Technology
With the utilization of Intralase system, LASIK surgery is not just a hundred percent blade free dramatically increasing the safety of the procedure but a better vision of nearly 20/20 is provided to more patients.
Also, the blade free Intralase LASIK procedure enables the surgeon to design precisely and control the various aspects of the corneal flap. Managing the thickness, circumference, and angle of the edges of the flap is in fact a great way of having it tailor made in accordance to the eye which is quite impossible to accomplish with the microkeratome’s one-dimensional delivery of incision. This result is an added benefit to those patients who particularly have flat, thin, or steep corneas. Patients who were supposedly not eligible for LASIK surgery when a microkeratome is used are now being treated since the Intralase encompasses a wider scope.
Intralase Widens Scope of LASIK
The advancements in LASIK technology have taken a steady phase over the years. The technique being utilized in the measurement of a patient’s error in vision prior to an operation has become more and more superior. Because of this customization of the remedial surgeries done in correcting defective visions in accordance to individualistic needs of the client is now possible.
However, it was only until the existence of the Intralase method that a wider scope of patients were included and permitted to subject them to LASIK surgery. Before the adaptation of Intralase the incision of the corneal flap lacked the sophistication among all the other components of the LASIK procedure. The common problem encountered in the past was in the creation of the corneal flap since some corneas are not suitable to undergo the microkeratome technique.
The Impact of Intralase Technology
With the advent of Intralase making a corneal flap is much easier. This turned out to be essential in providing patients with the best possible LASIK experience. The impact of Intralase in the field of eye surgery is huge. Nowadays, Intralase training has become a requisite as a part of the curriculum in most if not all ophthalmic learning institutions since this is a technology that is adopted in the practice of eye care worldwide