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Introduction to IntraLASIK

I have been performing LASIK Laser Vision Correction procedures with the Excimer Laser since 1997 and have completed over 7000 procedures. This form of Refractive Surgery differs significantly from Radial Keratotomy (RK) which was the predominant form of refractive surgery throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Excimer Laser was approved for use in the United States by the FDA in 1996 but has been used in Canada and worldwide since 1987 when the first laser procedure to correct vision was performed. Over 4 million Laser Vision Correction procedures have been performed worldwide since.

SCOTT L. JABEN, MD
I perform all of my IntraLASIK procedures at the TLC Laser Eye Center in Charlotte where I have been a Medical Director since the center opened in 1996. We use the most recently updated excimer lasers approved by the FDA including the VISX Star S4 with CUSTOM LASIK and TECHNOLAS scanning lasers. Both are permanently fixed and serviced at our TLC center. We include bladeless flap formation with the INTRALASE laser as part of most procedures. Our network of TLC Laser Eye Centers has over 50 centers in the US and Canada, and is the largest and busiest provider of Laser Vision Correction procedures on the continent of North America. Being associated with TLC gives me the opportunity to remain in touch with the latest developments and most modern equipment. At our Charlotte center, we have a highly trained and very experienced team of professionals who together deliver the highest level of care to each and every patient. Due to the unique nature of our network, we are able to offer services such as the TLC LIFETIME COMMITMENT.

The Excimer Laser technology is incredibly precise. Each pulse of the laser reshapes 39 millionths of an inch of corneal tissue in 12 billionths of a second, and can be used to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. However, laser technology is still not capable of eliminating reading glasses totally.

The IntraLASIK procedure couples a time tested surgical technique called keratomileusis (first used on humans in the 1940s) with the excimer laser technology to give us the best available procedure for correcting refractive errors in the safest way. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. The laser technology shifts the surgical reshaping of the cornea from the surgeon's hands to the computer controlled laser beam. Experience with these techniques as well as with patient education and selection are essential to diminishing the risks of the procedure. This has resulted in more successful outcomes with greater achievement of 20/20 vision, greater stability in correction, less enhancement procedures and less side effects than previous procedures. This outpatient procedure takes 10 to 15 minutes per eye.

In addition to being an experienced IntraLASIK surgeon, I have also been fortunate enough to have my own LASIK procedure in June 1999. After 40 years of using glasses and contact lenses, I am now completely independent of corrective lenses for distance vision...a dream of mine since childhood but never imaginable in my lifetime until now. It has been one of the best decisions of my life!

If you are interested in learning how you might benefit by having IntraLASIK, please make a telephone appointment to discuss the clinical and financial details of the process with my Laser Refractive Surgery Coordinator, Karon Petty. She can schedule your consultation for a full evaluation. Karon can be reached by calling 704-295-3777.

If you choose to have your IntraLASIK surgery performed by me, either your preoperative evaluation and/or postoperative care can be performed by me or comanaged with your primary eye doctor. I hope you will allow us the privilege to discuss with you this incredible opportunity in the near future. The entire staff and I are dedicated to the correction of your vision and the preservation of your visual well-being.

SCOTT L. JABEN, MD

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