Dr. Arffa is proud to offer IntraLase (blade free) LASIK for our patients.

What is Intralase?
IntraLase® allows LASIK Surgeons to use a new 100% blade-free laser technology for performing the critical first step in your LASIK procedure: creating the corneal flap. With the IntraLase® method, pulses of laser light create your corneal flap, which is then lifted so the next step of LASIK, the reshaping of your cornea can be performed. Prior to IntraLase®, this step was performed using a hand-held device with a thin surgical blade, called a microkeratome. The IntraLase method allows LASIK surgeons to create a more precise corneal flap that is custom designed, thinner and safer for the patient.

How does IntraLase® work?
The IntraLase® method uses tiny, rapid pulses of laser light (a Femtosecond laser) to create your corneal flap. Each pulse of light passes through the top layers of your cornea and forms a microscopic bubble at a specific depth and position within your cornea that is determined by the LASIK surgeon. The IntraLase® laser will then move back and forth across your eye, creating a uniform layer of bubbles just beneath your corneal surface. The IntraLase® laser then places the vertical laser around your corneal diameter to create the edges of your flap. The creation of the flap itself takes only about 15-20 seconds per eye.

Is IntraLase right for me?
The IntraLase technology is the only method Dr. Arffa uses for performing the first step of LASIK. He is convinced that this is the best method for your eye. If you have been told LASIK surgery was not an option in the past due to your corneal thickness, IntraLase may provide a new alternative. The only way to know for sure if IntraLase is right for you is to schedule a consultation.

iLASIK is the new standard in all-laser LASIK. iLASIK is a combination of the most advanced FDA-approved technologies so clinically beneficial, that it's Dr. Arffa's standard of care for every LASIK patient. It includes VISX Wavescan Wavefront Diagnostic Analysis, creation of the flap with IntraLase Femtosecond Laser and Custom treatment with the VISX Now, with an advanced suite of fully integrated, iLASIK technologies, your LASIK experience can be customized from start to finish.

If you want to learn more about the IntraLase procedure we encourage you to visit or come in to visit Dr. Arffa. To schedule your consultation, please call us at 1-412-206-0335. We look forward to hearing from you.

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