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Many of the criteria for blade-free LASIK are the same as those for standard LASIK. A patient must be over 18 years old, have a stable corrective lens prescription for at least a year, free of eye disease, and not pregnant or nursing.
In addition, however, patients who may have been rejected for LASIK in the past because their corneas are too thin could find that they can still have LASIK using blade-free technology, because the Intralase device is capable of cutting a much shallower "flap" than the older microkeratome (blade) system.
Intralase is not recommended for those who had earlier forms of vision-correction surgery such as radial keratotomy.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|