Intralase – Bladeless LASIK – Advanced LASIK Technology in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA  â€“ The world’s most advanced LASIK vision correction technology – the 100 percent blade-free IntraLase Methodâ„¢ – is now available to San Francisco Bay Area residents looking to trade their sight-diminishing myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism (oval corneal curvature) for 20/20 or better vision without a metal-blade surgery.   Dr. Stephen Turner at Turner Eye Institute is offering this advanced leading technology, which enhances safety the LASIK procedure and takes more of the millions of Americans who suffer from these eye conditions to 20/20 and beyond.

“This new technology represents an emerging standard of care in LASIK worldwide, and patients now have the choice of blade-free LASIK with the advanced IntraLase Method over traditional LASIK with the microkeratome blade,” said Dr. Stephen Turner.  “Given the safety profile of the laser over the blade, San Francisco Bay Area residents have more reason than ever to see if LASIK vision correction is right for them.”

More than 600,000 LASIK procedures have been performed employing the IntraLase Method, which is now used in an estimated 25 percent of all U.S. LASIK procedures. With its excellent safety profile and superior visual outcomes, the IntraLase Method is among the fastest-growing refractive surgical techniques.  Conversely, market data show that traditional microkeratome (metal blade) LASIK procedures are declining. Rapid growth of the IntraLase Method is expected to increase further as more leading physicians and their patients discover the benefits of the IntraLase® laser over the microkeratome.
  


How LASIK With the IntraLase Method Works

Available commercially in the U.S. since 2001, the IntraLase FSâ„¢ (femtosecond) Laser is used in the important first step of the LASIK procedure, the creation of a corneal flap. The second step involves reshaping the cornea using an excimer laser.  Historically, the first step of LASIK was performed using a microkeratome, a hand-held device with an oscillating razor blade.  While LASIK has proven to be a successful and relatively safe procedure, most complications and patient concerns have been associated with use of the microkeratome.

The IntraLase Method eliminates the microkeratome and its blade.  With IntraLase, the surgeon precisely controls the first step of LASIK using a computer-controlled laser that delivers rapid pulses of light, a quadrillionth of a second each, to a pre-programmed depth and position within the cornea.  Each pulse forms a microscopic bubble.  As the IntraLase laser moves back and forth across the eye, the bubbles are connected to form a corneal flap.  Just prior to vision correction, the doctor gently lifts the flap to reveal a smooth corneal bed, optimized for reshaping.

Physician-programmed laser specifications include flap diameter, depth, hinge location and width, and side-cut architecture – factors that are tailored to meet the individual patient’s needs.  The IntraLase laser also creates a distinctive beveled-edge flap that allows for precise repositioning, alignment and seating of the corneal flap after LASIK is completed.

In clinical studies the IntraLase Method resulted in superior visual outcomes and fewer complications.  More than 95 percent of advanced LASIK patients achieve 20/20 vision or better, and these benefits are seen when the method is used during either standard or custom LASIK procedures.

The IntraLase Method takes about 20 seconds per eye, with the entire LASIK procedure often completed in both eyes in approximately 30 minutes. Patients see better immediately with recovery typically lasting a few hours, followed by a few days of mild eye irritation.

“Given the many benefits of the IntraLase Method, I’m sure that people who have delayed getting LASIK surgery will want to take advantage of this advanced technology – now available right here in our own San Francisco Bay Area,” said Dr. Stephen Turner.


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