IntraLase® LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
IntraLase® is a new state of the art laser treatment that prepares the LASIK corneal flap by using a femtosecond laser. Normal LASIK treatments use a mechanical device called a microkeratome which uses a blade to produce the LASIK flap.
This "No Blade" procedure produces a flap that is much more precise in depth, is cleaner, more accurate and is thinner. This results in many benefits to the LASIK patient.
Although advancements are made in laser eye treatment every year the introduction of IntraLASIK bladeless LASIK is the biggest leap in technology since the introduction of standard LASIK in the UK in 1998. It is a bigger advancement than the introduction of wavefront guided technology. Optimax were the first UK company to make IntraLase® available nationally.
Step 1. Creating the flap
Step 2. Folding the flap back
Step 3. Applying the laser
Step 4. Flap return
Benefits of IntraLase® Treatment Flaps
The major benefit is that all suitable prescriptions can now be treated with bladeless technology, thus eliminating the induced distortion and possibility of serious complications associated with the creation of the flap by manual blade. More patients achieve 20:20 vision or better; fewer patients lose sharpness of vision. Both short term and long term safety are improved upon. Increased confidence for both the doctor and patient lessens stress and anxiety. Both mechanical breakdown and human error are reduced.
Why have IntraLase® Treatment at Optimax?
||More people achieve 20:20 or better than with any other treatment
||Only modest extra charges, same treatment costs £4500 elsewhere
||Clarity of vision is often better than with glasses
||Short term flap complications are almost eliminated
||Long term safety is improved due to tissue sparing
||Doctors and patients like it to resulting in less stress
LASEK versus IntraLase® LASIK
Optimax provides LASEK for low corrections because it is does not have the complications associated with the cutting of the flap by blade. LASEK treats the surface of the eye without cutting into it. In the early days of LASIK, most surgeons abandoned LASEK in favour of LASIK, but in the recent few years some surgeons drifted back to surface treatment because of safety grounds for mild cases, where the risk of complications are lowest. LASEK is very safe for low corrections, and now the "No Blade" treatment can claim similar safety levels for all levels of treatment.
IntraLase® and Wavefront (Combined)
Customised Wavefront treatment (CATZ) has been limited in its ability to eliminate optical imperfections in LASIK by its inability to correct induced imperfections caused by the mechanical cutting of the flap made after it had analysed the eye. Now that induced imperfections have been substantially reduced, wavefront promises to improve sharpness of vision for patients, above the quality of vision glasses can achieve.
IntraLase® Wavefront LASIK Results
Our outstanding statistics based on 7,000 standard treatments during 2004 and 2005 are published on our website. These should be substantially improved upon when IntraLase® Femtosecond and Wavefront become the norm for suitable patients both in the number who achieve 20:20 or better vision and the reduction in complications.
Blade Induced Distortions
The blade is a mechanical instrument and can vary in its precise measurements and straightness. This always leaves microscopic imperfections in the surface of the cut as it passes over the eye. The IntraLase® Femto cut flap is much more precise and is as near as possible distortion free. Wavefront mapping is performed on the eye before the flap is cut and therefore can not take into account the blade induced distortions. It is for this reason that IntraLase® Femtosecond gives better result with standard (non Wavefront) treatment than Wavefront treatments with a flap created by a blade.
High Speed Tracking
During treatment the tracker on the laser videos the image of the iris 200 times per second. If you move your eye during treatment the laser follows it precisely. This is the faster tracker on any laser made.
Thinner Flaps (Tissue Sparing)
A major benefit of IntraLase® Femtosecond is that it is much more precise than a blade and therefore it can cut the flap at a position very close to the top surface of the cornea. By getting treatment closer to surface more tissue remains untouched below the flap. This improves the long term safety by maintaining the maximum structural strength of the eye following treatment. The depth of treatment is only marginally greater than LASEK.
Cutting the flap by laser gives a cleaner cut than a blade in terms of sterility. The incidence of infection and inflammations are almost eliminated as a result.
Optimax - Leaders in IntraLase Technology
Optimax leads with IntraLase laser technology; with [^intralaseLasers] lasers we were the first company to offer this technology nationwide.
IntraLase®, American made Equipment
We use one of the most advanced machine available in the world. IntraLase® are the leaders in this exciting new technology and are three years ahead of all the other manufacturers of similar equipment. They have sold over 99% of the worlds' Femtosecond lasers, (approx 590 out of 600 installed and in use). Optimax have invested £5 million in bringing IntraLase to the UK national market first.
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