Nine years ago, Hoopes Vision introduced blade-free LASIK surgery to the area with the arrival of Salt Lake Valley's first IntraLase laser. This laser revolutionized LASIK by replacing the metal bladed microkeratome with a precise, silent, computer-guided laser. Prior to IntraLase, step one of the LASIK procedure involved making a flap of corneal tissue with a metal razor blade called a microkeratome. Although still considered to be quite safe, it was the riskiest part of a LASIK procedure. If a serious complication were to occur, it was usually the result of a microkeratome mishap or malfunction.
Using the IntraLase laser to create the corneal flap results in a procedure that is 100 times more accurate than a metal bladed microkeratome. This makes flap creation safer and more accurate, and is the first step towards giving patients the best LASIK result possible.
The iFS laser improves safety, comfort and healing beyond previous versions of IntraLase in several ways. "When IntraLase first came out, it was a huge leap forward in safety. The new iFS laser enhances the safety features, but also focuses on patient comfort and recovery," notes Dr. Phillip Hoopes, Jr. of Hoopes Vision. The new iFS laser is faster (creating a flap in about twelve seconds), more comfortable for the patient, and creates a smoother surface.
Perhaps the biggest change is the ability to make an inverted, bevel-in edge for the corneal flap. This modification allows the LASIK surgeon to tuck the edge of the flap underneath the periphery of the cornea rather than resting on top (see illustration above).
This new flap edge configuration has been shown to create stronger flap adherence, with less chance of flap wrinkles post LASIK. The corneal flap can also be created in an elliptical shape which has shown added benefit for patients with astigmatism. This newer safer IntraLASIK technology was first available in Salt Lake City at Hoopes Vision. If you have questions, or would like to schedule a free LASIK evaluation to determine if this new technology is right for you, please call Hoopes Vision at (801) 568-0200.
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