Intra-LASIK, Intralase or Bladeless LASIK

What is Intra-LASIK (Intralase or Bladeless LASIK)?

Intra-LASIK is a procedure just like LASIK, which uses only lasers to help correct your vision.

What is the difference between LASIK and Intra-LASIK(Intralase or Bladeless LASIK)?

In both LASIK and LASEK, laser eye surgery, an instrument called a microkeratome is used to produce a flap in the cornea. The microkeratome is a knife that has a razorblade, which produces very fine cuts to the cornea. Recent studies have highlighted the extra accuracy that is gained from producing this flap with a laser instead of the microkeratome. This laser is guided by a special computer which means that surgeons can be even surer that when they operate they will get the best results possible, decreasing the incidence of any complications or side effects.
Therefore the whole procedure can be done using only one laser, making the whole operation faster and more accurate. This has been termed intralase, intra-LASIK and bladeless LASIK.

Where can I have Intra-LASIK (Intralase or Bladeless LASIK)?

This is one of the newest additions to the field of laser eye surgery, second to wavefront and wavelight technology. As it is a relatively recent procedure, not all the laser vision centres offer it as a treatment. By calling up your local laser eye surgery clinic, you will be able to find out if they are able to offer you the operation.

Who should have Intra-LASIK (Intralase or Bladeless LASIK)?

This procedure is ideally suited to you if you have a thin cornea which has meant you are unsuitable for the standard LASIK or LASEK procedures. This is possible as the laser (eximer or femtosecond) that is used to cut your cornea can produce a 25 to 30% thinner cut than a microkeratome can.

What are the complications of Intra-LASIK (Intralase or Bladeless LASIK)?

Intra-LASIK also ensures that there are fewer complications in your recovery period than with the standard LASIK procedure, the main one being tissue growing under the corneal flap distorting your vision. Intralase can also help to decrease your risk of developing any eye infections, as there are no blades that require sterilisation.

What are the advantages of Intra-LASIK (Intralase or Bladeless LASIK)?

There are a number of advantages to having the Intralase procedure, these include faster recovery times, better visual outcomes, lower incidence of side effects and complications and a decreased risk of getting an eye infection.

It is hoped that over the next few years Intralase will be able to be combined with wavelight or wavefront technology to produce a procedure that is head and shoulders above the rest. By using wavefront to map the front of your cornea in conjunction with the Intralase operation, ophthalmologists can be even surer that the results will be as good and accurate as possible.  Some clinics already offer such a laser treatement.

How much does Intra-LASIK (Intralase or Bladeless LASIK) cost?

Prices vary depending on the clinic and level of aftercare, but per eye you should be looking at above £1000 including aftercare.

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