This new technique, with over 3000 procedures to date, has demonstrated itself as a safer form of the LASIK procedure. In TF-LASIK more of the patients cornea is left untouched by the LASIK procedure. This reduces the risk of corneal ectasia, a type of distortion of the cornea. In addition, this new technique has demonstrated a faster visual recovery, and less postoperative dryness.
Laser Assisted in-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK), combines the precision of the excimer laser delivery system with the benefits of a sophisticated surgical instrument known as a microkeratome. The microkeratome (with a special T-80 head) glides across the cornea, producing an incomplete circular flap which is still attached to the cornea. The flap is laid back to expose the corneal bed. The excimer laser, equipped with both tracking and wavefront technology, follows minute movements of the eye while reshaping the exposed cornea with computer controlled precision. Afterwards, the flap is returned to its normal position. The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes. Healing is rapid and does not require sutures. Millions of patients around the world are enjoying clear, unrestricted vision thanks to
VISX – CustomVue®
Autonomous – LADARVISION®
With the addition of Custom TF-LASIK, we have entered a new era in laser vision correction. Setting a new standard for vision correction, Custom TF-LASIK acknowledges that your vision is unique – as personal as your fingerprint or your DNA.
Custom TF-LASIK utilizes either the VISX S4, WaveFront Platform or the LADARVISION Custom Cornea Platform. This new digital technology identifies and measures unique imperfections in your eye 25 times more precisely than is possible with conventional methods. Many of these imperfections could never be measured before by standard methods used for glasses and contact lenses.
LASIK is performed in the usual manner; however, during Custom LASIK, the laser is programmed with the patients digital information, giving a treatment that is precise, accurate, and tailored to their individual visual needs. Custom TF-LASIK can help individuals achieve their best possible vision, typically 20/20 or better.*
This breakthrough, computer-controlled technology with its unique IntraLASIK® software provides the surgeon with a minimally invasive approach to creating the corneal flap for the LASIK procedure.
IntraLASIK® provides remarkable accuracy, and may enable patients who have previously been dismissed as high risk to be re-evaluated for vision correction surgery. This level of precision reduces patient anxiety and significantly reduces or eliminates the possibility for complications that may occur with conventional LASIK . This level of safety is a first in vision correction technology.
Questions and Answers
How is IntraLASIK® different from conventional LASIK?
LASIK surgery is actually a 2 step process. First a flap of corneal tissue must be created and then folded back. The cornea is the transparent dome-like structure that covers the iris and pupil of your eye. By creating a flap in the cornea, laser vision correction treatment is performed on the inner layer of the cornea, which practically eliminates any patient discomfort and allows for rapid visual recovery.
Traditionally, the surgeon created the corneal flap with a hand-held mechanical device which utilizes a metal blade. This method has worked well over the years; however, the performance of these devices can be unpredictable. Although LASIK complications are rare, this mechanical device is frequently the source for most of the reported complications.
With IntraLASIK®, the surgeon uses the precision of a laser to create the corneal flap. The accuracy of the laser (+/- 10 microns) is unparalled by any other technology in vision correction surgery. Because of its consistent accuracy, IntraLASIK® now makes it possible to treat many patients who were dismissed as candidates for laser vision correction due to thin corneas.
Is IntraLASIK® safer?
Yes. IntraLASIK® is considered by many to provide a safer approach to vision correction surgery. This is a result of the superior precision of a computer controlled laser as compared to that of a hand-held mechanical device.
Is conventional LASIK unsafe?
No, but IntraLASIK® reduces the risk of complications reported with conventional LASIK.
Is IntraLASIK® new?
The IntraLASE FS™ laser has been cleared by the FDA and became commercially available in 2001. The IntraLASE FS™ laser is the only laser that provide IntraLASIK®. The IntraLASE FS laser is centrally located at our San Leandro Laser Center.
Is IntraLASIK® more expensive?
Advanced technologies are more expensive for the surgeon, or laser center to employ in their facility. Most patients agree that the added level of safety and assurance offered by IntraLASIK® is well worth the additional cost when considering vision correction surgery.