Intralase Laser Technology
Lasik surgery is composed of two important steps: creating the corneal flap and then restructuring the stromal tissue to correct refractive error. Both steps are equally important, but the initial cutting of the flap determines the success of the rest of the surgery. If the flap is not made correctly, it may fail to adhere properly to the eyes surface. This can lead to an irregularly shaped eye surface and undesirable surgery results.
When Lasik surgery was first introduced in the early 1990ís, a hand-held mechanical instrument known as a microkeratome was used to create the corneal flap. The microkeratome contains a small disposable oscillating blade that cuts the epithelial (outer) layer of the cornea to expose the inner cornea. An excimer laser is then used to restructure the stromal tissue and correct the refractive error.
However, advancements in technology have allowed for new laser devices that allow Drs. Dello Russo and other eye surgeons to offer an all-laser, no blade procedure. The gold standard of this technology is the IntraLase FS device, which was the first FDA-approved bladeless flap-making system in the United States. IntraLase FS delivers biomechanical superiority, excellent visual acuity and unmatched safety. The narrow beam size and rapid pulse of this laser allow Drs. Dello Russo to target the exact depth and location at which to create the flap. This results in precise, predictable flap incisions and greater flap stability after the procedure.
While Lasik surgery is still being performed by some surgeons with a microkeratome, Dr. Dello Russo points to the clear advantages in using IntraLase FS. An all-laser, bladeless Lasik surgery offers better precision and acuity and puts the patient at ease. Since patients are awake during their Lasik procedures, the use of an oscillating mechanical blade can cause anxiety. An all-laser surgery solves that problem. Patients feel less threatened by carefully calibrated laser pulses to create the corneal flap.
In addition to increased patient comfort, studies have shown that use of the IntraLase FS also results in less dry eye symptoms, stronger flap adhesion, higher safety, and better vision results. With an all-laser procedure, risk of epithelial cell growth under the corneal flap is reduced. The IntraLase FS allows for a controlled flap structure, uniform flap thickness, and superior visual outcomes. In fact, since the introduction of an all-laser Lasik surgery, the procedure itself has become safer, more popular and more effective.
An all-laser Lasik procedure is especially recommended for patients who have very steep, thin, or flat corneal shapes, as the laser will be able to create a thinner and more precise corneal flap during the procedure.
Performing Lasik surgery with the IntraLase FS is the preferred method of Drs. Dello Russo. If you are debating whether a microkeratome procedure or an all-laser procedure is right for you, schedule a consultation with Drs. Dello Russo. They personally perform all the Lasik surgeries on their patients and will take care in answering all your questions and concerns. To schedule your complimentary consultation, call the New York City office at 212-722-7629.