Dr. Steven Dell discusses the similarities and differences that set traditional LASIK and Intralase LASIK eye surgery apart, touching on frequently asked questions.

Austin, TX—Advances in laser vision correction have allowed eye surgeons to reduce the rate and severity of complications, improve visual acuity, and enhance the patient experience, explains Dr. Steven Dell, an ophthalmologist in Austin. However, he suggests that the myriad of treatment options, including traditional LASIK and Intralase LASIK, can make researching an appropriate method overwhelming for many people. Furthermore, he says distinctions between techniques can seem small, often creating confusion about the purpose of each approach. To help individuals considering laser eye surgery, the Austin eye surgeon says he strives to clarify the unique features of each modality and answer frequently asked questions about the procedures.

The defining characteristic of IntraLASIK, sometimes called Intralase LASIK, is that the procedure uses a laser to create a corneal flap, while traditional LASIK utilizes a metal blade, called a microkeratome, Dr. Dell reveals. In most other ways, he notes, these techniques will be very similar. The all-laser LASIK may provide greater precision and a more even flap creation than the alternative operation, which he says can potentially reduce certain complications associated with laser vision correction. Additionally, he suggests that patients who do not make good candidates for traditional LASIK due to naturally thin corneas or previous eye surgery may be qualified for IntraLASIK. He recommends that patients considering either LASIK or Intralase LASIK speak with a board-certified ophthalmologist to determine their candidacy.

Before deciding upon laser eye surgery, Dr. Dell advises patients to consider their needs and lifestyle. In many cases, he says both IntraLASIK and traditional LASIK can improve eyesight beyond what is possible with contacts and glasses, and the procedure often can be just as safe as wearing these popular corrective devices. Furthermore, he explains that both types of LASIK eye surgery typically offer permanent correction of myopia (nearsightedness), in many cases exceeding 20/20 vision; however, age-related development of presbyopia may still occur.

All laser LASIK is now widely considered far superior in medicine due to increased accuracy, decreased complication, and faster recovery, Dr. Dell states. He says he has led the nation in adoption of this technology and has not performed a traditional LASIK procedure in over a decade.

Dr. Dell also suggests that interested patients should be prepared for the procedural and recovery experience following IntraLASIK and traditional LASIK eye surgery. The complete healing process typically takes between a few days and several weeks, and individuals should understand the responsibilities and perform all instructions as recommended by their eye doctor.

Ultimately, Dr. Dell believes that with greater patient education come better results, and individuals who are well informed about the benefits, risks, and nuances of each LASIK technique typically are less anxious about their treatment and more satisfied with the outcome.

About Steven Dell, MD

Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Dell is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a researcher for the FDA in laser eye treatment. He lectures nationally and internationally on LASIK, LASER cataract surgery, and refractive surgery, and he is an advocate of continued education. The recipient of numerous accolades – including being named a VISX Star Surgeon, Top Doctor (by Texas Monthly Magazine), Super Doctor (by Texas Monthly Magazine), and one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists (by Consumer’s Research Council of America) – Dr. Dell is also a member of several prestigious medical organizations, such as the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is available for interview upon request.

For more information about Dr. Dell and his practice, please visit dellvision.com.


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