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Intralase Blade Free Technology


Intralase LASIKDr. Schnipper and the Jacksonville Eye Center are pleased to offer patients the latest LASIK technology available. The use of the Intralase IFS 150 Advanced Femtosecond laser for the corneal flap creates safer LASIK surgery than the procedure that uses a blade. Eyes treated with the IntraLase Femtosecond have, less pain, and less dryness than eyes treated with the traditional blade microkeratome. The IntraLase procedure is a safer procedure and results in superior visual outcomes. We keep the safety of our patients a number one priority, therefore we provide the best proven LASIK flap creation technology available.

How does the Intralase create the flap?

Intralase LASIKThe Intralase LASIK flap creation method is different from the use of the traditional microkeratome blade. The IntraLase laser technology is able to precisely program the dimensions of your flap based on the specifications of your eyes. The laser creates the LASIK flap from below the surface of the cornea without cutting the surface; this process is performed in a series of steps listed below:

  • Super fast pulses of laser light position microscopic bubbles at a precise depth predetermined by Dr. Schnipper.
  • The laser light passes harmlessly through your cornea, creating rows of bubbles just below your corneal surface, as it moves back and forth across your eye in a uniform plane.
  • Next, the IntraLase Laser stacks the bubbles around your corneal diameter to create the edges of your flap; the bubbles are stacked at an angle determined by Dr. Schnipper and is individualized to the shape of your eye.
  • Intralase LASIKDr. Schnipper then gently lifts the LASIK flap to allow for the second step of your LASIK eye surgery. In this second step, the excimer laser is used to reshape the corneal tissue required to correct your vision. Once the surgery is complete, the LASIK flap is gently placed back into position and the healing process begins; the flaps created with the IntraLase laser have been shown to be 2.5 times stronger than flaps created with a blade.

If you are seeking Blade-free LASIK, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Schnipper at the Jacksonville Eye Center for an evaluation.