iFS™ (IntraLase® Femtosecond)
Whitson Vision now offers the ultimate in advanced bladefree LASIK technology. The iFS™ (IntraLase® Femtosecond) is the latest advancement in the creation of all laser corneal flaps. With the use of the newest iFS™ bladeless technology, the flap created for LASIK surgery at Whitson Vision is accomplished without the traditional use of a blade.
The standard method of flap creation has been reliable and quite safe, the use of the newest iFS™ technology gives Whitson Vision the ability to make a thinner, finer flap that leaves more corneal tissue for the correction of higher-degree refractive errors.
What do I need to know about iFS™ (IntraLase® Femtosecond)?
The iFS™ method delivers less distortion and upgraded vision postoperatively and now with the newest iFS™, a safer more reliable procedure can be achieved.
IntraLase® Technology is the first in the world used to create innovative-shaped corneal incisions for full-thickness corneal transplants:
- Precisely shaped angled edges fit snugly to improve alignment
- Provides a smooth corneal contour with greater surface area to speed wound healing
What are the steps in the iFS™ procedure?
- A micro-thin flap that looks much like a contact lens is shaped from the outer layer of the cornea using IntraLase® iFS, a safe, accurate, and predictable computer-controlled laser beam. This step takes roughly 30 seconds to complete.
- The flap is then folded back, and an excimer laser is used to reshape the inner cornea gently and precisely. This step takes about one minute to complete.
- After treatment with the excimer laser, the corneal flap is placed back into its original place and eye drops are applied to the eye. The corneal flap will naturally seal itself within minutes, although it is key to refrain from rubbing your eyes at this time.
Is iFS™ (IntraLase® Femtosecond) safe?
Both Bladed LASIK and Bladeless LASIK are safe and effective procedures at Whitson Vision, but the bladeless iFS™ IntraLase® Femtosecond procedure has a number of significant advantages. Bladeless LASIK, for example, has a lower risk of corneal flap complications.
Some LASIK patients need a second procedure; which laser eye surgeons call a "touch up" or an "enhancement." Bladeless LASIK allows for a safer enhancement should it be needed.
Is Bladeless LASIK better for me?
Every patient is different. Although Bladeless LASIK has many advantages for many patients, it isn't always the best option. Consult Whitson Vision today to find out which method is best for you.