IntraLase® – Blade-free LASIK in Newport Beach, Orange County
The first step of any LASIK procedure is to create a flap in the cornea; the actual laser treatment is done beneath this flap in order to reduce healing time. In traditional LASIK, this flap is created with a hand held metal blade called a microkeratome. While rare, there have been some complications associated with the use of microkeratomes.
With the advance of technology, it is now possible to create a corneal flap using a laser, rather than a blade. This revolutionary new laser, called IntraLase®, is offered by Newport Beach, Orange County doctor Gregg Feinerman. He is pleased to be able to provide this new blade-free LASIK to qualified Newport Beach LASIK candidates, and feels that it is an important development in LASIK technology.
Femtosecond Laser Technology Just Got Better!
Ziemer Ophthalmic Systems Femtosecond Surgical Laser System can possibly allow patients who were denied LASIK, due to cornea thinness and other conditions, to now qualify as a candidate for the surgery.
Over the past several years the LASIK eye surgery industry has seen some incredible technological advancements that resulted in better overall vision and better visual clarity. Not only have patients been able to experience high definition vision but the level of safety has also improved. One of the major LASIK technology breakthroughs with safety was the Femtosecond Laser, a blade-free approach to laser vision correction. The first company to market this product was Intralase Corp. Until recently, Intralase was the only company able to offer blade-free technology for making LASIK flaps (ALL-LASER LASIK).
Ziemer Ophthalmic Systems received FDA clearance in 2007 for its Ziemer Femtosecond Laser, an improved method of ALL-LASER LASIK. This technological advancement is very significant for safety and better overall vision, as the Ziemer Femtosecond Laser has several physical advantages over the older Intralase system. The Ziemer uses laser technology to generate short, microscopic, low-energy infrared laser pulses to perform ALL-LASER LASIK. The Ziemer femtosecond laser uses more precisely focused laser pulses at thousands of times less energy per pulse than Intralase, which makes it even safer. This is a point of drastic differentiation between the Ziemer femtosecond laser and Intralase.
Feinerman Vision Center is the first LASIK vision correction facility on the west coast to offer this amazing new technology. Please contact us directly to determine if you are a candidate.
How Blade-Free LASIK (IntraLase® or Ziemer) Works
To make a corneal flap using IntraLase®, Newport Beach doctor Gregg Feinerman focuses the laser on a precise point inside the cornea. Then, with each laser pulse, microscopic bubbles are created within the cornea. These bubbles can be accurately positioned together to separate the corneal tissue and create a flap, which is then folded back by Dr. Feinerman in preparation for corneal reshaping.
Benefits of IntraLase® Blade-Free LASIK & Ziemer FEMTO LDV®
Although traditional LASIK has proven to be popular, safe, and effective, blade-free LASIK (using either the Ziemer FEMTO LDV® femtosecond laser or IntraLase®) offers Newport Beach and other Orange County residents a new choice in laser vision correction. The main benefit of blade-free LASIK is that Dr. Feinerman is able to achieve much more accuracy during flap creation than when using standard microkeratome technology.
At the Orange County office of Feinerman Vision Center, Dr. Gregg Feinerman takes advantage of the unique opportunities provided by the femtosecond laser (Ziemer FEMTO LDV® or IntraLase®) to create corneal flaps that are far less susceptible to standard complications.
For more information on the exciting possibilities of blade-free LASIK, contact the Newport Beach office of Feinerman Vision Center today!
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