Totally blade-free eye surgery arrives in Perth

Clear Vision Laser Clinic has confirmed the very latest in laser eye surgery technology will be arriving in Perth this May.

The IntraLase laser promises even faster, safer and more accurate results than the traditional LASIK procedure.

Already available in the Eastern States, Clear Vision is the first to introduce IntraLase to Western Australia.

Clear Vision chose to invest in IntraLase not only because of its speed (the entire procedure takes about 10 minutes), but importantly, because of its safety, accuracy and documented success.

According to IntraLase Corp, more patients in clinical trials achieved vision that was 20/20 or better when their LASIK procedure was performed with the IntraLase ultrafast femtosecond laser.

And patients reported better quality of vision overall, particularly in terms of their ability to see well in low light such as at dusk or at night.

Dr Marc Werner, an ophthalmologist at Stahl Eye Center in the US, which specialises in refractive surgery, said:

“Frequently in medicine, when you gain something such as safety, you can sacrifice results. Not in this case, where we get both improved safety and excellent results.”

Safety

Laser eye surgery involves cutting a flap from the patient’s cornea before the corrective laser takes over. Until now, this has been done by scraping (PRK) and, more recently, cutting (microkeratome).

IntraLase’s silent, computer-guided beam divides the tissue at the molecular level without disturbing the surrounding area – a process called photodisruption.

The creation of the corneal flap prepares the eye for the second step of the LASIK procedure, when another laser, known as an excimer laser, is used on the inner cornea to correct vision.

Once the procedure is completed, the corneal flap simply ‘locks’ back into position.

This method reduces the risk of complications to ‘negligible’, according to IntraLase Corp, with no risk of corneal abrasion and reduced risk of dry eye.

Accuracy

Everyone’s eyes are shaped differently, and the IntraLase method allows the corneal flap to be tailored accordingly for optimal results.

CustomVue, also employed by Clear Vision Laser Clinic, uses a system called Wavescan to identify imperfections in an individual’s eye 25 times more precisely than standard methods used in exams for glasses and contact lenses. This information is then digitally transferred to the laser, providing another level of precision and accuracy.

“The combination of IntraLase and CustomVue allows individualised treatment to meet each patient’s specific needs with an unprecedented level of safety and an optimal visual result,” said Werner.

So safe and accurate is this latest procedure that the US Department of Defense has chosen IntraLase for its armed forces employees – with priority being given to those who require 20/20 vision for safety reasons.

According to Capt Steven Schallhorn, director of cornea and refractive surgery at San Diego’s Naval Medical Center, the CustomVue-IntraLase procedure is the “best of the best”, while the Navy Times describes IntraLase as “the ‘Cadillac’ of vision enhancement surgery”.

Further information

For more on Clear Vision Laser Clinic, visit www.visionclinic.com.au and contact Sally O’Donnell, Senior Orthoptist and Practice Manager:
(08) 9381 8266
eyes@visionclinic.com.au

Sources:
Sailors, Marines Eye Free Lasik
Freakin’ Laser Beams
LASIK with Intralase Now Being Studied in Aviators
Lasik Surgery’s Newest Advancements

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