Our Technology - IntraLase®

Step One of LASIK: Creating the Corneal Flap – Using Laser

How does the IntraLase Method used at the Moran Eye Center improve the LASIK procedure?

The first step in your LASIK procedure is to create what is called a corneal flap. Until the advent of IntraLase® this was not done with a laser. IntraLase® is the most advanced technology for corneal flap creation available today, and will give you greater confidence and assurance in moving forward with laser vision correction. The IntraLase Method is a 100% blade-free approach to creating a corneal flap, the thin layer of tissue the surgeon folds back to expose the part of the eye that is reshaped during the LASIK procedure. (See the picture above) With the IntraLase Method, LASIK is not only 100% blade-free, but shown in clinical studies to provide more patients with vision that is 20/20 or better.1

Prior to the IntraLase Method, doctors created corneal flaps with an instrument called a microkeratome, which is a fine, oscillating, hand-held steel blade. Although LASIK complications are extremely rare, when they do happen the microkeratome is commonly the cause.

The IntraLase Method, by contrast, eliminates the need for surgeons at the Moran Eye Center to use a blade at all. Instead, the computer-guided IntraLase® laser delivers rapid pulses of light, a quadrillionth of a second each, to a pre-programmed depth and position within your cornea. Each pulse forms a microscopic bubble. As the IntraLase laser moves back and forth across your eye, the bubbles connect to form a corneal flap. Just prior to LASIK surgery, the doctor gently lifts the flap where these bubbles have created a smooth surface.

With the IntraLase Method, LASIK is not only 100% blade-free, but also allows Drs. Moshirfar, Mifflin and Tabin to tailor-make the flap based on what's best for your eye, providing you a greater opportunity to achieve 20/20 vision or better.1

Why IntraLase?


LASIK surgery has advanced steadily over the years; the technology used to measure your visual error prior to surgery has become more powerful and corrections can be optimized to your needs. Until the IntraLase Method, however, the creation of the corneal flap was the one step that lacked the technological sophistication of the rest of the LASIK procedure. As it turns out, that step is an important one in terms of providing you with the best possible LASIK experience.

In addition, if you were not eligible for LASIK surgery performed with a microkeratome due to steep, flat, or thin corneas, you may now be a candidate with the IntraLase Method. In fact, the surgeons at the Moran Eye Center were some of the first IntraLase trained doctors. In fact IntraLase® has become part of the curriculum we teach our residents and fellows. Virtually all major ophthalmic teaching institutions have adopted IntraLase® as part of their curriculum.

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