IntraLase, LASIK and PRK are three techniques the Spokane Eye Clinic corneal specialists use. These procedures are used to correct Myopia, Hyperopia, and Astigmatism. The procedures by which these results are accomplished each have their own benefits and disadvantages. The decision to have IntraLase, LASIK and/or PRK is an important one that, ultimately only you and your surgeon can make. It is important that patients have realistic expectations and that your decision is based on facts, not hopes or misconceptions. The goal with IntraLase, LASIK and PRK is to reduce your dependance on corrective lenses. Our Corneal Surgeon Specialists offer complimentary consultations to review your lenses prescription, health of the eye, and to discuss risks, complications, and benefits.
IntraLase is a new option at Spokane Eye Clinic and will eventually replace the traditional microkeratome LASIK procedure. This new technology will allow for a truly blade-free LASIK experience. With IntraLase laser technology, small pulses of laser energy are focused within the corneal stroma to create a truly customized LASIK flap. This is all computer controlled under the direction and gudance of the surgeon, for maximum precision, increased safety, and individualized creation for our patients. The process takes less than 15-20 seconds per eye. It has been shown to improve outcomes, allow for faster recovery, minimize flap-related complications, and result in fewer higher order aberrations.
The traditional LASIK process that creates a flap with a microkeratome is still be used as well, but will again be phased out of use at the Spokane Eye Clinic. Precise computer technology controls and allows the Excimer laser to remove a single cell from the cornea while leaving the two adjoining cells completely unharmed. This level of precision gives Spokane Eye Clinic surgeons the ability to reshape the cornea to bring a patients vision closer to normal. While this method has worked exceptionally well for thousands of patients, IntraLase is the wave of the future.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation please contact:
Theresa Anthony, LDO
Refractive Surgery Coordinator
Spokane Eye Clinic
427 S. Bernard
Spokane WA, 99204