IntraLase® Blade-Free LASIK

The IntraLASE laser at Tampa Eye Laser Center provides an “All Laser LASIK” experience. Instead of a Microkeratome, a laser is used to create the flap in the cornea during LASIK surgery. This is a much safer approach than with previous methods. see animation.

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Tampa Eye Laser Center is proud to introduce our new IntraLase procedure to our patients. All laser LASIK is the latest technological breakthrough in LASIK. Now, we can perform an all laser LASIK procedure. Laser Vision Correction is often associated solely with the excimer laser, but there are actually two very important steps in correcting your vision:

1. Creating a very thin flap of tissue that is folded back during treatment.

2. Reshaping the exposed surface with the excimer laser and replacing the flap.

Until now, the flap has been created with a mechanical, bladed device called a microkeratome. With the bladed style microkeratome there was an increased risk of complications such as corneal abrasions and irregular flaps, as well as button-hole flaps. All laser LASIK offers our patients increased safety by eliminating the blade.

Advantages of All Laser LASIK

intralase_pic021. Increased Safety:

a. Because there is no variability in blade quality with the all laser LASIK procedure, there is little or no risk of flap irregularities. The all laser approach allows our surgeons at Tampa Eye Laser Center to design the flap specifically to your eyes and visual needs.

2. Increased Precision:

a. All laser LASIK offers the ability to create a flap of uniform thickness at a preprogrammed depth. The traditional style microkeratome does not account for the curvature of the cornea and creates a meniscus style flap, with the edges somewhat thicker than the center. Any variation in flap thickness will result in a variation of your visual outcome. Because we know exactly what depth the flap is being created, we are able to preserve the most corneal tissue following the procedure, leaving each patient with a stronger, more stable eye.

3. Less Invasive:

a. All laser LASIK is a much less invasive procedure than traditional LASIK. With traditional LASIK, the flap is created with a device that was fashioned after a carpenter’s plane. As it glided across the cornea it was possible to create an abrasion on the front of the eye. Patients experienced quite a bit of pain as this abrasion healed. With all laser LASIK, Dr. David H. Leach passes the laser through the cornea and creates small bubbles at a preprogrammed depth without applying friction to the front layer of the eye, a much more comfortable approach for a patient.

IntraLASIK® software directs the IntraLase® FS Laser to optically focus its beam into a tiny, 3 micron spot of energy that passes harmlessly through the outer layers of the cornea until reaching its exact focal point within the stroma (central layer of the cornea). The IntraLase® laser allows for optimal focus.

In an “inside out” process, the laser beam creates a dissection plane by forming an interconnecting series of bubbles (made of carbon dioxide and water vapor). The IntraLase® laser beam stacks a pattern of bubbles along the periphery of the ablation plane, leaving an uncut section of tissue to act as a hinge. As with a traditional LASIK approach, David H. Leach, M.D., then folds the tissue back to expose the underlying corneal layer to prepare for the excimer laser treatment that will reshape the cornea. Please ask David H. Leach M.D., or friendly staff members about IntraLase® by calling our office at 813-875-2745.