In recent years, several advances in LASIK technology have provided enormous benefits for patients. For example, WaveFront technology is capable of mapping every microscopic irregularity on the surface of the eye, allowing surgeons to perform more accurate LASIK procedures than ever before. Another key piece of technology has also revolutionized LASIK: Intralase.
Intralase is a special laser designed to create a precise flap on the surface of your cornea. In the past, this corneal flap was created using a physical instrument called a microkeratome. While this method is still safe and effective, it does involve the (rare) possibility of human error. Intralase eliminates human error, using computer-guided technology to create a perfect corneal flap. Once the flap is created, the Excimer laser is then used to re-shape your cornea.
Using Intralase for corneal flap creation during LASIK is recommended if you have:
- A very flat, or very steep cornea shape
- Thinner-than-average corneas
- A higher degree of myopia (nearsightedness)
- Dry eye syndrome
According to recent studies presented by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, corneal flaps created using Intralase have better adhesion strength – meaning the potential for the flap to shift after LASIK is reduced. Because of this benefit, the United States military and NASA only use Intralase when performing LASIK on sailors and aviators. Common side effects like dry eye syndrome are also reduced when corneal flaps are created with Intralase instead of a microkeratome.
If you have further questions about the advantages of our LASIK technology, please contact The Khanna Institute today or call (888) 339-8143 to schedule a consultation with our experienced Los Angeles LASIK surgeon Dr. Rajesh Khanna. We serve patients in Beverly Hills, Westlake Village, and surrounding areas of Los Angeles, California.