• There are two steps in the LASIK procedure. Recent advancements in LASIK laser technology reveal that the first step – creating a corneal flap – plays a significant role in the overall success of the procedure, including safety and visual outcomes.
• The IntraLase® FS laser is the first technology for a truly all-laser, blade-free LASIK procedure, replacing the hand-held microkeratome blade historically used in the first step of the procedure with a computer-guided ultra-fast femtosecond (fem-to-second) laser.
• This revolutionary advancement, called LASIK with the IntraLase Method, dramatically improves the safety of corneal flap creation by virtually eliminating almost all of the most serious, sight-threatening microkeratome-related complications. It also has a superior safety profile to the other all-laser LASIK procedure: Z-LASIK.
o While LASIK is a successful and safe procedure, the use of the microkeratome blade accounts for the majority of severe complications.
• Clinical data reveal the IntraLase FS laser does more than create a safer, planar corneal flap. It also prepares an optimal corneal surface below the flap, providing for superior visual outcomes, especially among Custom/Wavefront patients.