Boston IntraLase (Blade Free LASIK)
LASIK surgery has a well-documented history of safety and effectively eliminates patients' dependence on glasses and contact lenses. The first step to a LASIK procedure is to create a corneal flap so the excimer laser can ablate the underlying corneal tissue. During conventional LASIK laser eye surgery, the corneal flap is created using a hand-guided, oscillating blade (microkeratome). The IntraLase method, also known as all-laser or bladeless LASIK, uses a laser to create the corneal flap. Dr. Kornmehl provides only blade-free LASIK surgery in his Boston facilities.
The IntraLase method, using a femtosecond laser, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001 and has been used in more the 5,000,000 procedures. The laser used in the IntraLase method moves back and forth across the cornea's outer layers, emitting short, rapid bursts of laser light that create a series of minute bubbles at a determined depth. The tissue where the bubbles have formed is then gently separated, exposing the portion of cornea to be ablated.
Since only the edge around the corneal flap needs to heal, visual recovery is rapid and patients report little or no post-operative pain. Additionally, there may be less risk of scarring or developing corneal haze. There is also less need for post-operative medications with LASIK than PRK. LASIK treats low to very high levels of refractive errors. However, because a flap is made, LASIK carries additional surgical risks. The risks are substantially reduced when the flap is made with the IntraLase laser.
Bladeless LASIK is one of several vision correction options, including Boston cataract surgery, offered by Dr. Kornmehl. He conducts a thorough examination of each patient to determine the best refractive procedure. To find out if you are a LASIK Boston candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kornmehl by contacting Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates at (877)870-2010.