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Blade - Free iLASIK with the latest iFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser

Blade Free iLASIK Eye Surgeons was the first practice in the Quad Cities to use the 100 percent blade-free LASIK using IntraLase Laser Technology and the first to acquire the iFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser, which offers the ultimate in safety and precision. More than 4,000,000 procedures have been performed comfortably and effectively using the iFS. IntraLase Laser Technology has an excellent safety profile and superior visual outcomes.

Blade - Free LASIK is a 100% blade-free approach to creating your corneal flap, the thin flap of tissue that folds back before performing your LASIK or Custom LASIK procedure. The IntraLase method uses tiny rapid pulses of laser light to create your corneal flap. Each pulse of light passes harmlessly through the outer portion of your cornea and forms a uniform layer of microscopic bubble beneath the surface of your eye. The exact dimensions of this layer of bubbles are determined by the doctor based on what's best for your eye, and are computer controlled for maximum precision - things that are not possible with a hand-held blade. The IntraLase flap creation process takes about 15-30 seconds.

The tissue easily separates where these bubbles occur and folds back creating your corneal flap. After LASIK is completed, the distinctive beveled edge created by the IntraLase laser allows for precise repositioning, alignment and seating of the corneal flap.

What are the benefits to you?

  • In clinical trials more patients achieved 20/20 or better vision when their LASIK procedure was performed with Blade-Free LASIK than with other techniques.(Tanzer D.J. Schalhorn SC, Brown MC, et al. Data on file, IntraLase Corp., 2005)
  • Patients reported better quality of vision overall, particularly with low light or night vision.(Durrie D.D. Data on file, IntraLase Corp., 2005)
  • The Blade-Free LASIK procedure gives the surgeon the ability to tailor the dimensions of your corneal flap based on what's best for your eye contributing to excellent post-operative outcomes.

As with any type of surgery, risks are involved. It is important to discuss any concerns with your surgeon.


The *IntraLase FS* and *iFS* Laser Systems are ophthalmic surgical lasers indicated for use in patients undergoing surgery or treatment requiring the initial lamellar resection of the cornea. Contraindications may include corneal edma, glaucoma, and keratoconus. Risks and complications may include corneal pain, flap tearing, and epithelial ingrowth. Patients are requested to consult with their eye care professional for a complete listing of contraindications and risks. U.S. Federal Law restricts this device to sale, distribution and use by or on the order of a physician or other licensed eye care professional.

Laser assisted *in-situ*keratomileusis (LASIK) can only be performed by a trained ophthalmologist and for specified reduction or elimination of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism as indicated within the product labeling. Laser refractive surgery is contraindicated for patients: a) with collagen vascular, autoimmune, or immunodeficiency diseases; b) who are pregnant or nursing women; c) with signs of keratoconus or abnormal corneal topography; d) who are taking one or both of the following medications: Isotretinoin (Accutane) and Amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone). Potential side effects to laser refractive surgery may include glare, dry eye, as well as other visual anomalies. LASIK requires the cutting a flap on the surface of the cornea, potential side effects may include flap related complications. Patients are requested to consult with their eye care professional and *Patient Consent Video/form *regarding the potential risks and benefits for laser refractive surgery, results may vary for each individual patient.

*Restricted Device: U.S. Federal Law restricts this device to sale, distribution, and use by or on the order of a physician or other licensed eye care practitioner. U.S. Federal Law restricts the use of this device to professionals who have been trained in its calibration and operation and who have experience in the surgical treatment and management of refractive errors.