What’s the Best Technology for LASIK?

iStock_000009597172XSmallAt Will Vision & Laser Centers, we are confident that we offer the best technology to our LASIK patients. We invest in industry-leading systems and instruments that help us plan and perform LASIK surgery safely and effectively. Prospective technology is carefully vetted before we introduce it into our practice.

Here are some of the technologies that make a difference in the quality of your LASIK surgery:

Wavefront CustomVue

Wavefront CustomVue technology is critical to helping us treat complex higher order aberrations. This group of refractive errors, which includes trefoil, coma, tetrafoil, pentafoil, hexafoil and spherical aberrations, causes decreased visual acuity or symptoms like halos or glare around lights at night. They cannot be corrected with standard glasses or contact lenses.

The wavefront tracking system takes three-dimensional measurements of how the eye processes images; this information is then used to calibrate the laser that re-shapes the corneal tissue. Wavefront CustomVue technology greatly enhances the precision and accuracy of the LASIK procedure. It helps improve how much our patients can see (based on a 20/20 eye chart) and how well they can see (i.e., fine details become clearer).

VISX Star S4 IR

The VISX Star S4 IR is one of the most dependable excimer lasers used for LASIK surgery. The excimer laser is responsible for reshaping the corneal tissue and correcting the refractive error. We prefer to use the VISX laser platform for many reasons.

Most notably: It is the only system approved by the FDA to be used for wavefront-guided treatment. It produces a smooth corneal surface (which heals faster and results in clearer vision). It allows our LASIK surgeons to track the eye’s movement during the procedure for more control and precision. The VISX laser system makes surgery a shorter and more comfortable procedure, and it lowers the risk of post-operative complications.

Intralase with the iFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser

We use the fifth generation of the iFS advanced femtosecond laser to create the LASIK flap in just eight seconds. Creating the flap quickly is optimal for the safety and comfort of the patient. It also uses less laser energy, which is good for the integrity of the cornea.

Visante OCT

Visante optimal coherence tomography (OCT) provides high-resolution images of the cornea and the anterior segment of the eye to help us screen for certain eye conditions like thin corneas or keratoconus. One of the perks of this technology is the fact that it is non-invasive and does not require any contact with the eye.

Pentacam

The Pentacam state-of-the-art micro-imaging technology measures the shape, thickness and contour of the cornea pre- and post-operatively. It accurately captures the measurements of the center of the cornea, which are critical for LASIK planning.

Confocal Microscopy

Confocal microscopy is an expensive and highly specialized type of optical imaging technology only offered by a select group of LASIK practices worldwide. We use the ConfoScan4, which allows us to accomplish several tasks.

First, we can look inside the cornea in extreme detail — in fact, the technology allows us to see individual cells in each layer of the cornea, including the surface layer where the flap is made. This helps us during our pre-operative assessment of corneal health as we determine LASIK candidacy.

Learn More about LASIK Technology

If you have questions about any of the technology we offer, or if you would like to schedule a LASIK consultation with our team, please call or email us today! You can reach our Vancouver office by calling (877) 542-EYES (3937), our Beaverton office at (877) 542-3937 or our Salem office at (877) 542-3937.