Refractive error is a very common problem that interferes with the eyeʼs ability to see clear and distinct images. Over the last 20 years, the ﬁeld of refractive surgery has experienced an explosive growth in technology that has enabled refractive surgeons to provide to their patients the most highly advanced treatment for refractive error in the safest manner possible. The two most common refractive procedures performed to correct refractive error are LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) and PRK(photorefractive keratectomy). With both procedures, the eximer laser is used to change the surface shape of the cornea to correct myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), and astigmatism. With LASIK, a ﬂap is made and lifted prior to reshaping the cornea. PRK is performed as a surface ablation with no ﬂap creation. Your fellowship-trained LASIK surgeon will decide during your detailed and comprehensive work-up which procedure is best for you.
Doctors have been performing laser vision correction procedures for over 20 years and 31.4 million procedures have been performed worldwide to date, making it the most common elective vision procedure in the U.S. In fact, all branches of the U.S. military and NASA recently allowed the treatment of LASIK for the servicemen and women thanks to studies using iLASIK Technology.
The iLASIK Procedure combines all of the latest all-laser LASIK technology in one efficient LASIK procedure. Undoubtedly, you’ve heard many LASIK ads touting many different things, but the iLASIK Procedure delivers outstanding results with one integrated technology solution. The procedure is truly customized to your eyes. Every aspect of the treatment is based upon your individual vision dynamics, so it’s “all about you”. Custom IntraLase LASIK Matching your Visual Fingerprint
Leading ophthalmic surgeons have combined two new technologies, IntraLase flap creation and Custom LASIK , to create a vision correction procedure that is remarkably safe, precise and predicatable. The new procedure combines the excellent vision correction characteristics of Custom LASIK with the added safety and predictability of the No Blade, IntraLase technique. Advancing the first step in LASIK (flap creation) with IntraLase dramatically improves predicatability, reduces the risk of complication and makes LASIK available to an even wider range of patients. Now, as shown in a clinical study, 98% of those treated could see 20/20 or better. 100% of the patients were able to pass a driver’s license test without corrective lenses and a full 70% were able to see better than 20/20. Many patients report that both day and night vision improved compared to wearing glasses or contacts before their surgery.
The Advanced CustomVue Procedure is ushering in a new era in laser vision correction by giving millions of people – including many who were once told they were not candidates – the opportunity to free themselves from glasses and contact lenses. There has never been a laser vision correction procedure that offers the precision and accuracy of the Advanced CustomVue Procedure.
CustomVue is based upon Wavefront Technology which evolved from research by NASA to fix the imperfections of the Hubble Space Telescope, which was launched with faulty optics. NASA scientists spent millions of dollars to develop a way to measure and correct all of these imperfections (called Higher Order Abberations) resulting in an image sharp enough to focus on galaxies light-years away.
The Wavefront information is a 3-D fingerprint of the unique imperfections of your eyes, including each tiny imperfection, captured and used by the computer to guide the laser, precisely applying greater treatment where your eye needs more, and less where it needs less. Hundreds of points within the central visual zone are analyzed. If areas are found where the optics are out of focus, specific correction is targeted to that corresponding location on the surface of the cornea. This 3-D wavefront map allows your doctor to provide you with truly personalized vision correction.
During your personal consultation with your doctor, you’ll learn about the procedure and undergo testing that ensures your are an excellent candidate to receive this procedure. One of the tests you’ll undergo is a WaveScan System examination, which creates a map of your eyes’ unique imperfections.
The Advanced CustomVue Procedure uses the digital information from that map to design a custom treatment for each of your eyes. VISX Iris Registration Technology, available only with the Advance CustomVue Procedure, centers treatment correctly for the most precise results. The one-of-a-kind approach and technical safeguards were designed to allow this technology to achieve exceptional visual outcomes.
On the day of your procedure, your doctor will place numbing drops in your eyes. The WaveScan map information that was taken during your previous appointment is then transferred to the Star S4 IR Excimer Laser.
The laser uses this information to apply a cool laser beam that reshapes your cornea, the surface of your eye, to create a new curvature which corrects your vision. Patients usually experience immediate results, which continue to improve over the next several days and weeks. The morning following their procedure, patients wake up with a clearer view of life and continue to appreciate slight improvements in vision for as long as six months afterward.
Clinical studies presented to the FDA show that the Advanced CustomVue Procedure can potentially produce better vision than is possible with glasses or contact lenses. One year after treatment, results showed that 98% of mild to moderate nearsighted patients could see 20/20 or better while 70% of mild to moderate nearsighted patients could see better than 20/20.
Also, 100% of mild to moderate nearsighted patient could pass a driving test without glasses or contact lenses one year after treatment.
Especially impressive is that after six months, three times as many patients were “very satisfied” with their night vision after treatment compared to night vision before treatment with glasses or contact lenses. For more information, please visit www.personalbestvision.com.
Intralase | Bladeless LASIK IntraLase has brought ultra-fast laser technology to the field of ophthalmology with the use of the femtosecond laser. How does it work? With the IntraLase Method, tiny pulses of laser light, a quadrillionth of a second each, pass harmlessly through the outer portion of your cornea and form a uniform layer of microscopic bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye.
The exact dimensions of this layer of bubbles are determined by your doctor based on what’s best for your eye, and are computer controlled for maximum precision – things that are not possible with a blade-based procedure. The IntraLase flap creation process takes about 15 to 20 seconds per eye and a total of 10-15 minutes for the entire LASIK procedure.
Your doctor easily lifts the flap to apply the LASIK treatment. When LASIK is complete, a flap created using the IntraLase Method is uniquely able to “lock” back into place. Your eye then begins to rapidly heal.
Millions of procedures have been performed safely and effectively using the IntraLase Method. It’s the most advanced treatment there is. This advanced technology gives your doctor an extremely high degree of surgical control for exceptional outcomes. Ultimately, this 100% blade-free method gives patients the most confidence and less anxiety when considering LASIK.
For more information about the IntraLase Method, please talk with your doctor and visit www.intralasefacts.com.
After the IntraLase procedure is completed, eye tracking is initiated to synchronize the laser with eye movement and the laser begins reshaping the cornea. The Custom Lasik computer, programmed with the Wavefront data for each person’s own correction factors, controls the laser and the sculpting of the cornea.
Lastly, we currently use the latest ﬁfth-generation Intralase laser- the IFs - for all LASIK cases for ﬂap creation in all-laser LASIK. This laser creates a bladeless ﬂap in approximately 10 seconds, which is over twice as fast as any other previous generation Intralase lasers in use in Riverside and San Diego Counties. This exponentially increases patient safety and recovery time.
At Inland Eye Specialists, we are dedicated to providing you with the most up to date technology in order to ensure you receive the highest standard of care possible.