Loma Linda University Eye Institute offers the IntraLase® Femtosecond (FS) laser - the latest technology that eliminates the use of a surgical blade to create the flap for laser refractive surgery procedures.

The LASIK corneal laser refractive procedure involves a 2-step process. The first step involves exposing the deeper corneal tissue in order to prepare the eye for the second step, which reshapes the corneal tissue with an Excimer laser to improve vision. Traditionally, with LASIK, the only way to create a flap was to use a surgical blade in a keratome. With the IntraLase FS laser, we are now able to create the flap for LASIK with a laser instead of a surgical blade, which offers a number of significant advantages. One of the advantages is that the laser-created flap gives the surgeon greater control in creating flaps of more consistent and predictable thickness. This leading edge technology allows for the safer creation of much thinner flaps and for LASIK to be considered when only PRK could be recommended in some cases (i.e., due to a patient's inadequate corneal thickness).

For reasons of safety and improved quality of vision, Loma Linda University Ophthalmology surgeons choose IntraLase as their preferred method of flap creation for patients who are suitable candidates for LASIK and who prefer LASIK over other refractive procedure options. Thousands of these tiny bubbles are precisely positioned to define the flap's architecture (exact diameter, depth, hinge location, centration, side cut, etc.) and laser pulses are also stacked along the edge of the flap up to the corneal surface to complete the flap.