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INTRALASE® BLADE-FREE LASIK SURGERY (iLASIK) — RISKS AND LIMITATIONS

Risks and Limitations
The 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 edema, glaucoma, and keratoconus. Risks and complications may include corneal pain, flap tearing, and epithelial ingrowth. Consult with your 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 practitioner.

Although it is not possible to list every potential risk or complication that may result from the procedure, many of them are listed below.

  • Under-correction or Over-correction
  • Halos / Starbursts
  • Equipment Malfunction
  • Increased Light Sensitivity of the Eye / Fluctuating Vision
  • Optical Imbalance
  • Regression
  • Increased Pressure in the Eye
  • Fragility on Impact
  • Eyelid Droop
  • Corneal Ectasia
  • Faulty or Improperly Created Flap
  • Debris under the Flap or Infection under the Flap
  • Diffuse Lamellar Keratitis or "Sands of the Sahara"
  • Epithelial Erosion
  • Epithelial Ingrowth
  • Dry Eyes
  • Vascular Occlusion
  • Microscopic Corneal Surface Irregularities
  • Excessive Corneal Haze
  • Elevated IOP (Intraocular Pressure)
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Commonly Asked Questions:
Does it hurt? How long does it take?
The IntraLase Blade-Free LASIK Surgery (iLASIK) procedure is a quick, virtually painless procedure. It takes just about 10 minutes per eye, with both eyes typically treated at the same visit. You are awake the entire time. Your eyes are numbed with drops, and at most, you might feel a little bit of pressure. There is usually no discomfort following the procedure.

How safe is theIntraLase Blade-Free LASIK Surgery (iLASIK) procedure? The IntraLase Blade-Free LASIK Surgery (iLASIK) procedure is safe and proven, combining the world’s most advanced, custom‐vision‐
correcting technologies into one integrated all‐laser procedure. In fact, more vision corrections are performed worldwide with IntraLase Blade-Free LASIK Surgery (iLASIK) procedure Technology than with any other laser procedure. And,IntraLase Blade-Free LASIK Surgery (iLASIK) procedure represents the most widely‐researched vision correction procedure available today.

What vision problems can the IntraLase Blade-Free LASIK Surgery (iLASIK) procedure correct?
Only the vision‐correcting lasers behind the IntraLase Blade-Free LASIK Surgery (iLASIK) have earned FDA‐approval to correct the broadest range of vision imperfections, including mild to severe nearsightedness, farsightedness and all types of astigmatism.