The two most important concerns for patients considering laser eye surgery are clear vision and safety. No one goes to their LASIK surgeon asking for the “second or third safest procedure” or asking to see “close to the best I can”. The new IntraLase™ iFS laser, currently available in Utah only at Hoopes Vision, improves upon previous version of blade-free LASIK to help patients obtain the safest procedure that gives the very best possible vision.

Prior to IntraLase™, step one of the LASIK procedure involved making a thin fl ap of corneal tissue with a motor driven metal razor blade called a microkeratome. Although still considered to be quite safe, it was the riskiest part of a LASIK procedure. If a serious complication were to occur, it usually was the result of a microkeratome mishap or malfunction. IntraLase™ replaces the metal blade with a silent, computer-guided laser resulting in a procedure that is up to 100 times more accurate than a bladed microkeratome. This gives greater assurance that step one of the LASIK eye surgery will be more accurate and safe, giving patients the best LASIK results possible.

Hoopes Vision obtained Salt Lake City’s first IntraLase™ laser over five years ago and have performed over three times more IntraLase™ procedures than any other surgeon in the state. As of 2008, Hoopes Vision was the second highest volume IntraLase™ provider in the nation. Recently, other Utah centers finally obtained this incredible and miraculous new technology.

The IntraLase™ laser utilizes a focused infrared beam of light to create “photodisruption” below the corneal surface, without generating heat or ablating tissue. It creates a near perfect planar cap, with uniform thickness throughout, rather than being thinner centrally, thicker in the mid-periphery, and thinner again at the cap edge as with the traditional razor blade technology. Due to this added precision, thinner flaps can be made, which allows more tissue to remain untouched. This is a more conservative approach to surgery and even means that some patients who were previously not candidates for LASIK due to thin corneas, potentially may now be able to have surgery.

Benefits of IntraLase™ include: a safer procedure, more accuracy, up to 100 times more precision, less dry eye, and a higher chance of attaining 20/20 vision or better. Dr. Phillip C. Hoopes, Chief Surgeon at Hoopes Vision, remarked on their experience with IntraLase™, “We have not experienced any serious flap complications normally seen with bladed microkeratomes such as buttonholes, incomplete fl aps, off-centered flaps, or epithelial abrasions or defects. Eyes are also less dry after IntraLase™.” It is predicted that in the future, most flaps will be made with a laser beam instead of a blade.

The new iFS IntraLase™ laser is faster, more comfortable, and even safer than before. One of the key advantages to this new laser is it’s ability to create a bevel-in, inverted side cut to the corneal flap, where the flap edge tucks under the periphery of the cornea. This has been shown to maintain a stronger corneal structure and improve healing post LASIK surgery. Hoopes Vision is currently the only Utah LASIK center to have the new iFS IntraLase™ laser.

For more information regarding new iFS IntraLase™ technology, or to see if you are a candidate for IntraLASIK, please call Hoopes Vision at (801)568-0200, or visit or

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