Envision Eye Care
Servicing: Saginaw, Cass City, Bay City, Midland

What is the IntraLase Method™?
The IntraLase Method is a technique used to perform the critical first step in the LASIK procedure: creating the corneal flap. The creation of the corneal flap prepares the eye for the second step of the LASIK procedure, where an excimer laser is used on the inner cornea to correct vision.

How does the IntraLase Method work?
The IntraLase Method uses tiny, rapid pulses of laser light to create the corneal flap.  Each pulse of light passes through the top layers of the cornea and forms a microscopic bubble at a specific depth and position within your cornea that is determined by the doctor. The IntraLase® laser moves across the cornea, creating a uniform layer of bubbles just beneath the corneal surface.

Just prior to applying laser vision correction, our doctor creates the corneal flap by gently separating the tissue where these bubbles have formed. The corneal flap is then gently folded back so the doctor can perform the second step of the LASIK treatment.

What is the difference between a corneal flap created with the IntraLase Method and one created with the Hansatome Microkeratome?
The Hansatome Microkeratome is a hand-held instrument that creates an incision as it travels across the cornea.  The Hansatome performs this operation mechanically in about 12-15 seconds per eye.  The IntraLase Method performs this portion of the operation through a precisely positioned layer of bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye with a laser in about 15 – 30 seconds. While the Hansatome Microkeratome and IntraLase Method are both safe, the IntraLase Method has a much better safety profile.

Is the IntraLase Method painful?
Prior to creating the flap, the doctor applies drops to numb the eye, and then applies a special eye holder that securely holds the eye in preparation for the IntraLase Method. This part of the process is not painful—patients report feeling only slight pressure just as they do when the Hansatome Microkeratome is used.

Is the IntraLase Method safe?
Well over 1 million procedures have been safely performed using the IntraLase Method.

If you have additional questions, please email or call us. We will be happy to help you in any way we can. If you would like to book a brief, free LASIK consultation, click here or call our Laser Vision Correction department at 989-799-2020 in Saginaw, and 989-872-4900 in Cass City .