Traditionally, doctors use a hand-held motorised blade called a microkeratome to cut a corneal flap before the excimer laser treatment. A more advanced method of flap creation to use a special laser called a femtosecond (FS) laser.
The Intralase Method is a 100% blade-free approach to creating your corneal flap using the IntraLase FS laser. The Intralase FS laser was the first FDA-approved FS laser for corneal flap creation and remains the world leader in blade-free flap creation, with its effectiveness and precision demonstrated in numerous scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals. The laser beam is focused just beneath the corneal surface and creates a uniform layer of microscopic bubbles that interconnect to create a corneal flap.
At Lang Eye Centre, we have the latest version of the Intralase- the 5th generation iFS 150Hz Advanced Femtosecond Laser, which is much faster and more precise, and it enables us to attain an extremely high degree of surgical control and customisation for exceptional outcomes.
The advantages of iFS laser are that the flap that is created is more precise, safer and smoother compared to the microkeratome blade-cut flap. The recovery is faster and there are fewer LASIK flap-related complications. The flap may be customized for each individual eye to achieve a superior visual result. The flap diameter, depth, edge angle and morphology can all be programmed and customised to suit each person’s cornea.
The iFS laser delivers outstanding results, with more patients being able to achieve vision that is 6/6 or better. Patients reported better quality of vision overall in the day and night, with less visual disturbances such as glare and halos.