All-Laser LASIK with IntraLase®,
The first step of LASIK is the creation of a corneal flap. Traditionally, surgeons have used a metal blade (microkeratome) for this step. Intralase technology utilizes a laser to create a much more precise, uniform flap. While LASIK is generally a very safe procedure, the microkeratome has been related to the majority of side effects (night glare, halos and astigmatism). Intralase greatly reduces the risk of these side effects. Some disadvantages include longer surgical time compared to traditional microkeratome LASIK, increased eye redness after the procedure, and greater cost. However, Intralase is a valuable tool in cases involving large refractive errors, large pupils, small and thin corneas, or smaller eyes.