Lasik With IntraLase

Get the vision you want with advanced Lasik eye surgery and IntraLase.

As a skilled surgeon in Lasik surgery, you can be assured that Dr. Reinglass is committed to providing you with the safest and most effective surgery possible.

Step 1 Lasik ProcedureTo meet such high standards, Dr. Reinglass, and other leading surgeons, rely upon the advanced technology of the IntraLase laser for the critical first step of Lasik eye surgery, the treatment of the corneal flap. They use it to achieve a superior Step One in both standard and custom Lasik eye surgery because clinical activities confirm that IntraLase delivers better results and greater safety.


microkeratomeThe IntraLase laser replaces the mechanical blade of the microkertome with a highly precise laser that works at the molecular level to create a micro-thin corneal flap before your surgeon reshapes your cornea.



Why should you request the precision and safety of the IntraLase Laser? 

The IntraLase laser is the safest and most precise method for creating your corneal flap in Step One of LASIK eye surgery.

For those patients that are good candidates, the IntraLase laser is making LASIK eye surgery better by replacing a hand-held microkeratome blade with a computer-guided laser that is 100 times more accurate than a hand-held blade.*

As the first bladeless technology for performing Step One of LASIK and the most accurate technology for corneal flap creation available today, the laser uses an infrared beam of light to precisely separate tissue. In this process, the focused laser pulses divide material at the molecular level with no heat or impact to the surrounding matter tissue.

IntraLase creates the flap from below the surface of the cornea, using an “inside-out” process:

  • The silent beam of laser light is focused to a precise point within the central layer of the cornea where each pulse of light creates a microscopic bubble of carbon dioxide and water vapor.
  • Thousands of these microscopic bubbles are precisely positioned to define the flap’s dimensions.
  • Bubbles are then stacked along the edge of the flap up to the corneal surface to complete the flap.
  • The process from start to finish takes approximately 45 seconds.
  • The surgeon then easily lifts the flap to allow for treatment by the excimer laser to reshape the cornea. When treatment is complete, the flap is securely repositioned and seals without stitches.

By replacing the hand-held blade with a laser, IntraLase makes it possible for your surgeon to create a corneal flap of ideal size and shape. Such precision is important to the safety and success of your entire LASIK procedure. Clinical studies confirm that your LASIK surgery is safer and the your vision is better when the IntraLase laser is used in Step One.

 Lasik Step 1 and Step 2 Procedure

Step One – In Step One, Dr. Reinglass will create a micro-thin flap of tissue on the outer layer of your eye, also known as the cornea. A flap of the ideal size and shape can help to ensure more rapid healing, greater comfort and better vision.

Step Two – In Step Two, Dr. Reinglass will fold open the corneal flap and use an excimer laser to reshape your cornea.

Clinical studies confirm that IntraLase delivers better results, greater safety & increased patient satisfaction

  • In a prospective randomized study comparing the IntraLase laser to the leading microkeratome, more patients achieved 20/20 vision or better in both standard and custom LASIK surgery when the IntraLase laser was used for Step One.**
  • Another study comparing LASIK results with IntraLase versus the two leading microkeratomes demonstrated that IntraLase performed better in three areas important to LASIK results and safety—flap thickness, induced astigmatism and cell injury.***
  • Patients who had a preference preferred the vision in their IntraLase treated eye over the mechanical microkeratome treated eye 3 to 1.****
  • With no blades or blade-related complications to worry about, 78% of patients, when given a choice, chose to have Step One performed with the IntraLase laser over a hand-held microkeratome blade****

Ask Dr. Reinglass about the Precision and Safety of the IntraLase Laser By replacing the hand-held blade with a laser, IntraLase has made LASIK eye surgery safer than ever before. The hand-held blade your surgeon may use is safe and provides good results in LASIK eye surgery. However, the degree of accuracy achieved by the IntraLase laser is unprecedented in flap creation technology. With IntraLase you now have the greater assurance you need that Step One of LASIK eye surgery will be the best it can be—more accurate, safer, and a first step towards getting you the best LASIK result possible.


* Ming Wang, M.D., Ph.D.: Femtosecond technology: Is now the time to buy? Refractive Eyecare for Ophthalmologists May 2003;5:7.
** Daniel S Durrie, M.D.: Randomized prospective clinical study of LASIK: IntraLase versus mechanical keratome. Presented at the Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology & the International Society of Refractive Surgery, November 14, 2003, Anaheim, CA, and the Symposium of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, May 4, 2004, San Diego, CA
*** David V Leaming, M.D.: Practice styles and preferences of American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) members—2003 survey. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery April 2004; 30:892-900.
**** Shareef Mahdavi: How IntraLase technology is impacting the refractive practice. SM2 Consulting, Pleasanton, CA. April 2004. Data on file, IntraLase Corp.

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