The Edina Eye clinic offers the latest techniques in laser eye surgery featuring IntraLase Bladeless LASIK technology. Our pricing includes all surgeon’s fees, Fairview Southdale Hospital Eye Care Center facility fees, and a year’s worth of post operative care, including a complete eye exam at the end of one year.
What is IntraLase Method?
The IntraLase Method is a 100% blade-free approach to creating your LASIK flap – the thin flap of tissue that the doctor folds back in order to perform your LASIK procedure. The IntraLase Method can only be performed using the IntraLase Laser.
Traditionally, doctors have used an instrument called a microkeratome for the creation of LASIK flaps. The microkeratome is a hand-held blade that moves across the eye, cutting the LASIK flap as it goes. LASIK is extremely safe but if complications do occur, the microkeratome is frequently the cause.
The IntraLase Method, by contrast, enables your doctor to create an individualized LASIK flap without a blade ever touching your eye.
How Does it Work?
With the IntraLase Method, tiny pulses of laser light, a quadrillionth of a second each, pass harmlessly through the outer portion of your cornea and form a uniform layer of microscopic bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye.
The exact dimensions of this layer of bubbles are determined by your doctor based on what’s best for your eye, and are computer controlled for maximum precision – things that are not possible with a hand-held blade. The IntraLase flap creation process takes about 15-20 seconds per eye and a total of 10 minutes for the enire LASIK procedure.
When it’s time for your LASIK treatment to be performed, your doctor easily lifts the flap to apply the LASIK treatment. When LASIK is complete, a flap created using the IntraLase Method is uniquely able to “lock” back into place. Your eye then begins to rapidly heal.
Is it Right for Me?
If you’re looking for a blade-free treatment that virtually eliminates the most severe sight-threatening complications, the answer is yes.
The IntraLase Method also delivers outstanding results – it has been shown to improve outcomes for more patients. Patients may experience faster recovery, fewer LASIK flap-related complications, and fewer induced higher order aberrations. higher order aberrations may contribute to visual disturbances such as glare and halos.
What Else Should I Know?
It’s preferred by patients.
In a clinical survey of LASIK patients who had their LASIK flaps created using a blade in one eye and the IntraLase Method in the other, the vision in the IntraLase-treated eye was preferred 3-to-1 (among those who stated a preference).
It’s safe and trusted.
Millions of procedures have been performed safely and effectively using the IntraLase Method.
It’s the most advanced treatment there is.
The IntraLase Method gives your doctor an extremely high degree of surgical control for exceptional outcomes.
Ultimately, the 100% blade-free IntraLase Method gives patients more confidence and less anxiety going in for LASIK treatment, and excellent vision coming out.