The IntraLase Method is a 100% blade-free approach to creating your corneal flap—the thin flap of tissue that the doctor folds back in order to perform your LASIK procedure. Tiny pulses of laser light pass harmlessly through the outer portion of your cornea and form a uniform layer of microscopic bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye. Just prior to LASIK surgery, the doctor can lift the corneal flap by gently and easily separating the tissue where these bubbles have formed.
The exact dimensions of this layer of bubbles are determined by Dr. Beth Bruening based on what's best for you 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 entire LASIK procedure.
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 Dr. Beth Bruening to create an individualized LASIK flap without a blade every touching your eye.
When it's time for your LASIK treatment to be performed, Dr. Beth Bruening 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.
IntraLase is preferred by most 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 3-1.
The IntraLase Method is the most advanced treatment there is. It gives Dr. Beth Bruening an extremely high degree of surgical control for exceptional outcomes.
IntraLase virtually eliminates the most severe sight-threatening complications. To date, the IntraLase Method has been used in hundreds of thousands of LASIK procedures around the world.