The IntraLase® Method is a 100% blade-free 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.
The IntraLase® femtosecond laser beam passes harmlessly through the outer layers of the cornea until it reaches its exact focal point within. Then it uses tiny, rapid pulses of laser light to create the corneal flap-instead of using a metal blade-during the first step of LASIK.
In seconds, with computer precision and high-speed delivery of 60,000 spots per second, the IntraLase® laser delivers over a million pulses that pass through the top layers of the cornea and forms a microscopic bubble at a specific depth and position within your eye. The IntraLase® laser moves back and forth across the eye, creating a uniform layer of bubbles just beneath the corneal surface, as it gently separates the layers of corneal tissue and creates a customized flap of the desired thickness, size, orientation and location.
The corneal flap is then folded back so the doctor can perform the second step of your LASIK treatment-the correction of your refractive error.
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The Intralase® laser is focused to a precise depth within the cornea.
Corneal tissue is separated by over a million tiny two-micron-sized bubbles.
The flap is lifted to allow for the VISX STAR S4™ laser treatment.
The flap is placed back into its original position after treatment.
Dr. Santamaria was very patient and comforting during the entire process. I was reassured multiple times that my eyes were healthy enough for LASIK. During the procedure, he and his assistant made sure I was comfortable and made the process painless. I have had no issues since the surgery and wouldn't think twice about recommending Dr. Santamaria!
I couldn't be happier with the results. Many thanks to Dr. Santamaria and his staff.
I could not be happier with the results of my surgery. I have perfect vision and no side effects. I feel like a new woman, not having to wear glasses. Dr. Santamaria is not only efficient, he is very warm and caring and provides the best treatment to all his patients.