All the leading LASIK systems offer custom, wavefront-based solutions. For a LASIK system to be truly custom, it needs to give us, the surgeons, the flexibility to do more. Many LASIK systems in Athens only offer one type of procedure. This lack of adaptability makes it so every patient must be treated the same, whether we want to—and whether it makes sense to—or not. What’s truly custom about that?
WaveLight® LASIK offers a custom solution with flexibility for surgeons and patients alike. Powered by the advanced WaveLight® Refractive Suites, only WaveLight® LASIK provides multiple custom treatment options and the widest approved range for wavefront-based treatment. With this system, we are able to tailor treatment as we see fit for each of our patients.
To provide a truly custom solution, WaveLight® provides the following:
Wavefront-Guided LASIK is designed to provide personalized treatment, with a reduction of higher-order aberrations.
Wavefront Optimized® LASIK was developed to consider the unique curvature of the eye, preserving the natural, aspheric shape of the cornea, for less induced spherical aberration.
Have You Considered LASIK lately? Here are some facts about LASIK eye surgery to help you make your decision:
More than 17 million people worldwide have had some form of laser vision correction. (Market Scope Annual Report, 2007)
Every year, nearly 400,000 Americans have LASIK surgery. (Market Scope data estimated for 2010)
93% of nearsighted patients see at least 20/20 or better following LASIK surgery. (FDA Clinical Trials)
87% of LASIK eye surgery patients recommend LASIK to their friends. (FDA Clinical Trials)
Since the FDA has extensively evaluated and approved the safety and effectiveness of using a laser on your eyes, wouldn’t you want to have the surgery performed with the most up to date laser? With WaveLight® Refractive technology, your doctor is performing a laser vision correction designed to work with your eyes’ unique attributes. And since everyone is unique, why wouldn’t your eyes be as unique as you are?
The hardest step in the entire LASIK procedure is overcoming your fear. We know that LASIK eye surgery can seem like a big, scary ordeal, but it doesn’t have to be. Get the confidence that comes with knowing the facts. While LASIK is still a surgical procedure, thanks to the advanced technology of the WaveLight® system, the entire LASIK process is fast, safe and precise. Plus, in just a matter of minutes, you will finally have the opportunity for the vision you have always wanted.
Once you have decided that LASIK eye surgery is right for you, Dr. Dong will run a series of tests to evaluate your vision, much like you would at a standard eye exam. Though, this isn’t just eye charts and “Can you read the top line?" Dr. Dong will work with you to decide the treatment path that is best for your eyes. You will discuss your vision problems, your goals, and your lifestyle, hobbies, and interests. Dr. Dong may even use a unique scanning tool to create a personalized map of your eyes. He will then use all of this information to determine a personalized treatment plan, including exactly how your eyes will need to be reshaped for your best vision.
From start to finish, the LASIK eye surgery only takes a few minutes. Here is a quick rundown:
Before surgery begins, you will receive a series of anesthetic drops in each eye. These drops will numb your eyes and help ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. Most patients only feel some light pressure during surgery.
Once your eyes are numb, you will be asked to lie down on a bed under the WaveLight® workstation.The first step is flap creation. Using the innovative WaveLight® FS200 Femtosecond Laser, Dr. Dong will create a precise flap, or door, in each cornea, exposing the underlying tissue so Dr. Dong can correct your vision.
Once the flaps have been made, you will be shifted over to the other half of the WaveLight® workstation - the advanced WaveLight® Refractive Suite - to begin the process of reshaping your eyes for better vision.
Dr. Dong will apply small, rapid bursts of the laser to reshape your cornea carefully. Flat areas may be made more round; curved areas may be flattened, etc. –making it that much closer to its ideal shape for clear, focused vision.
Throughout this part of the procedure, you will be asked to focus on a small blinking light above you. Don’t worry if your eyes move a little bit; the WaveLight® Refractive Suite uses sophisticated eye-tracking technology so that it can keep up.
Once your eye has been properly reshaped, Dr. Dong will put the flap back into place, where it will act as a natural bandage. No need for stitches here! And that is it! In a matter of minutes, you are ready to go. All you have to do now is rest, and prepare to enjoy the benefits of improved vision.