Intralase – iLASIK

Improving your vision really means improving your lifestyle, so maybe it’s time to examine the lifestyle benefits the iLASIK Procedure. The iLASIK Procedure is the result of a decade’s worth of technical refinement; it combines all of the most advanced all-laser LASIK technology in one efficient LASIK procedure … It simply doesn’t get any better, so now’s the time.

Your Wait Is Over

A lot of people have had successful LASIK, but as many as 10 times that number are good candidates that are waiting.1 Some people are waiting because they don’t think they can afford it. Others are unaware of the true safety of the procedure. But most people are waiting simply because they lack the right information. The introduction of the iLASIK Procedure (using exclusive LASIK technology, only from AMO) means the wait is over and it’s simple:

  • Most people are candidates — make an appointment with us to have an exam
  • The technologies used in the iLASIK Procedure are safe, effective and used in more than 10 million procedures
  • The iLASIK Procedure is not complicated — it’s fast and virtually painless

Safe And Effective

The technology used in the iLASIK Procedure is very mature (the systems used today have been in use for years) and very safe. Doctors have been performing laser vision procedures for over a decade, and 31.4 million procedures have been performed worldwide to date, making it the most common elective vision procedure in the U.S. In fact, all branches of the U.S. military and NASA recently allowed the treatment of LASIK for their servicemen and women, thanks to studies using iLASIK Technology.

The iLASIK Procedure

The iLASIK Procedure only takes minutes. It reshapes your cornea to correct the refractive imperfections in your eye (these imperfections are essentially the reason you are nearsighted, farsighted, etc.). Here’s what happens:

  • You get an extensive exam by your iLASIK surgeon
  • Computers/software are used to make an individual blueprint of your eyes; this blueprint is used to drive your laser correction and is what gives you a truly customized result
  • A laser is used to make a thin flap in your cornea
    • You’ll be given numbing drops so you won’t feel pain
    • This flap enables the surgeon to make the iLASIK correction
  • A second laser is used to make the correction to your cornea, based on your unique vision/eye characteristics
    • This correction is completely computer driven
    • It’s safe, fast and virtually painless
  • You can have great vision without glasses or contacts*

Superior LASIK Flaps

To correct your vision with the iLASIK Procedure, a thin LASIK flap needs to be created. There are two ways to make this flap: a blade or the IntraLase FS laser. The iLASIK Procedure EXCLUSIVELY uses the IntraLase Laser; it’s part of what makes iLASIK vision correction unique. Eighty-one percent of patients choose bladeless LASIK over traditional LASIK with a blade when given the choice.


It’s natural to have a bunch of questions when considering the iLASIK Procedure. Dr. Kennedy and the Gulf South Eye staff are experts at answering those questions and are real pros who will provide plenty of support during the process. Still, here are a few answers to some of the questions we get asked the most:

  • You ARE AWAKE during the iLASIK Procedure, but you may be given medication to relax
  • Your eyes will be numbed with drops, and aside from a little pressure, YOU MOST LIKELY WON’T FEEL A THING during the procedure
  • Typically BOTH EYES are treated during the same visit
  • The iLASIK Procedure generally takes less than 10 MINUTES per eye
  • Outcomes may vary. Ninety-eight percent of mildly to moderately nearsighted patients participating in the CustomVue Clinical Trials submitted to the FDA could see 20/20 or better one year after treatment

20/20 And Beyond

Surely you’ve heard the phrase “20/20 vision.” This term has come to be known as the standard for “good” vision; it’s the baseline. It means that you see at 20 feet what a person without any vision problems would see at 20 feet. If your vision was 20/40, it means that you can see an object 20 feet away, but a person without any vision problem would be able to see the same object if he/she is 40 feet away. In short, the higher the second number the worse your vision is, and the lower the second number the better your vision is. You need to be at least 20/40 in order to drive, while fighter pilots are often 20/15.

*Outcomes may vary. Ninety-eight percent of mildly to moderately nearsighted patients participating in the CustomVue Clinical Trials submitted to the FDA could see 20/20 or better one year after treatment.