This excerpt taken from the EYE 8-K filed Jan 10, 2007.
More than 1,200 surgeons worldwide have incorporated the IntraLase Method into their LASIK practices. Many U.S. ophthalmic teaching institutes, including Duke University Medical School, the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at University of Miami, and Stanford University, use the IntraLase FS laser technology to train future generations of LASIK surgeons.
The 4th generation IntraLase FS laser uses an infrared light beam, generating 60,000 pulses per second, to prepare the intracorneal bed and create the corneal flap in the first step of LASIK.
· Using an inside-out process, the laser beam is precisely focused to a point within the cornea.
· The laser pulses then create thousands of microscopic bubbles which define the incision within the intracorneal surface.
· Along the edge, bubbles are then stacked up at a beveled angle - a feature unique to the IntraLase Method- to the corneal surface to complete the flap.
· From start to finish, the IntraLase Method typically takes 15-30 seconds.
· The physician then exposes the prepared corneal bed for excimer laser treatment (the second step of LASIK) by lifting the flap.
· The LASIK procedure is complete when the flap is securely repositioned on its beveled edge.
Key benefits of IntraLases technology include:
· Enabling surgeons to more precisely control the first critical step of LASIK including flap diameter, depth, hinge location and width, and side cut architecture.
· Providing a perfectly thin and planar flap resulting in improved biomechanical stability.
· Enabling for precise repositioning, alignment and seating after the LASIK procedure is completed, reducing the risk of flap displacement, a complication occasionally seen after microkeratome flaps.
· Enhanced safety profile as evidenced in a presentation by Elizabeth A. Davis, M.D. and Richard L. Lindstrom, M.D.: Early Experience with the 30 kHz IntraLase.
· Clinically proven superior overall visual outcomes in both standard and custom LASIK procedures with more patients achieving visual acuity of 20/20, 20/15, and 20/12.5 as evidenced in a presentation by Daniel S. Durrie: Randomized, Prospective, Contralateral Study of LASIK: IntraLase laser Versus Mechanical Keratome.