Our ophthalmologists use a bladeless laser for all of our LASIK treatments. The bladeless laser is the safest way of creating the corneal flap for vision correction treatment.
Known as the Intralase Method™, the laser has a special association with UC Irvine and the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. Dr. Ronald Kurtz and Tibor Juhasz, professors at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, co-invented the bladeless laser. Institute director Dr. Roger Steinert pioneered its use in corneal transplants.
The method involves using a computer-guided, ultra-fast laser used to create a corneal flap without affecting the cornea. Using pulses of laser light, microscopic bubbles at a pre-determined depth just below the cornea surface are gently separated to create the corneal flap and expose a smooth area for LASIK treatment.
The precision afforded by the laser makes it an option for patients who haven’t been candidates for traditional LASIK because of their thin corneas. Results from clinical studies have shown that more patients have 20/20 vision and reported less trouble seeing in dimly lighted conditions after having LASIK done in combination with the bladeless laser.