Every eye and its associated refractive errors are unique, much like one´s fingerprint. Recent advancements in technology now allow us not only to measure these unique refractive imperfections, but also to accurately and predictably eliminate them.
Thanks to CustomVue® LASIK, it´s now possible for many patients to achieve a quality of vision better than 20/20. At the heart of CustomVue® LASIK procedures is the aberrometer, VISX WaveScan™ wave-front measurement system. By adopting technology originally developed for high-powered telescopes, Dr. Izzo can use these wave-front measurement devices to identify and quantify imperfections in the individual´s eye 25 times more precisely than the standard methods used for eyeglasses and contact lenses. This information is then digitally transferred to the excimer laser for the treatment, providing a new level of precision and accuracy.
Steps to Blade Free iLASIK Procedure
Step 1 – Creating Your Vision Profile with the VISX Wavescan
The first step in the blade free ilasik procedure is to perform a series of tests to determine the individual characteristics of your vision using Advanced CustomVue® Wavescan technology. The Wavescan system creates a 3-D map of the unique imperfections of your eyes. This technology provides 25 times more precise measurement than with standard methods used for glasses and contact lenses. This map is used to drive the laser that corrects your vision.
Step 2 – Making the Corneal Flap with the Intralase Laser
The iLASIK procedure exclusively uses the Intralase Method, A 100% blade free approach to creating your corneal flap – a thin flap of tissue is folded. The Intralase laser then creates an extremely precise flap by producing tiny bubbles inside the cornea (clear front surface of the eye). The Intralase Method can only be performed using the FDA-approved Intralase laser.
Step 3 – Your LASIK Laser Vision Correction with the Visx Star S4 Laser
Now that the corneal flap has been created, your vision can be corrected utilizing the VISX Star S4™ excimer laser. This excimer laser system is FDA approved to treat the broadest range of vision imperfections, including mild to severe nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Step 4 – Surgery Recovery
It is normal for your vision to be blurry and to fluctuate for the first few days. People typically see gradual improvement in vision over the next four weeks. Complete visual recovery can take at least 3-6 months. You may experience dimming of your vision in the evenings, light sensitivity, or halos around lights during the healing phase. These symptoms and any discomfort you may have should decrease over time.
Everyone heals differently. Your progress will be monitored at regularly scheduled visits and your treatment will be decided accordingly.
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