IntraLase Wavefront LASIK
IntraLase Wavefront is a state of the art laser eye surgery treatment using femtosecond lasers created by the American firm IntraLase.
The procedure uses a laser to create the ‘LASIK flap’. This is combined with Wavefront technology, which takes 200 images of the eye per second and is used to analyse the eye and correct imperfections, meaning the flap is very precise and as close to distortion free as possible.
The combination of the IntraLase laser and Wavefront technology in one procedure has been heralded as the biggest leap forward in laser eye surgery since the introduction of LASIK itself.
The procedure can be used to treat a number of conditions including; myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia. While it may not be suitable for every patient, you will be assessed for suitability during your consultation.
Benefits Of Intralase Wavefront LASIK
Because each surgery is completely tailored to the individual patient’s need the visual outcomes are often better than standard LASIK. This can result as better night vision, little to no discomfort during recovery and improved long term vision.
Further benefits include:
- More people achieving 20:20 vision
- Better clarity of vision than glasses
- Lower risk of complication
Is This Right For You?
In certain circumstances, some patients may be better suited to this type of LASIK than others. Specifically, if you experience problems with your vision that are caused by the fact that the eye itself is misshapen rather than the cornea, you could be an ideal candidate.
This specific method of LASIK is also beneficial to treat patients with a thinner-than-normal cornea, as unlike other methods of LASIK, Wavefront technology does not thin the cornea any further during treatment.
If you have suffered moderate or severe refractive errors, you may not be a suitable candidate for Wavefront LASIK, so be sure to thoroughly discuss your options with your optical surgeon.
Why Is Intralase Wavefront LASIK Better Than Traditional LASIK?
- Traditional LASIK treatments use a microkeratome, – a small mechanical blade – to make the LASIK flap. Although the microkeratome is incredibly safe, the blade can expose patients to microscopic imperfections in the surface of the cut which may result in distortion.
- An added advantage of the laser is that the surgeon can maintain cleaner, more sterile atmosphere and consequently the risk of inflammation and infection is almost completely eliminated
- The use of a wavefront scanning makes sure that a more precise cut is made very close to the surface of cornea. This means the surgeon can secure the maximum structural strength of the eye which improves the long term safety of the procedure.
How Much Does IntraLase Wavefront LASIK Cost?
Typically it will cost in the region of £1,500 to £2,000 per eye, but as this is a guide price you will have to contact clinics to get an exact price as this will depend on your specific circumstances.
Most clinics also offer their patients finance deals which will allow you to take out an interest free loan to be paid back over 1 – 3 years, but when shopping around for a clinic, price should not be your overriding concern, and if any clinic is offering a deal that seems too good to be true, it will probably be worth looking into very carefully.