What is LASIK
LASIK (Laser in-situ Keratomileusis) is a laser surgery technique that reshapes the surface of the eye (cornea) to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASIK combines the accuracy of the excimer laser with a procedure called Lamellar Keratoplasty. Utilizing a surgical instrument called a microkeratome the doctor creates a thin flap of corneal tissue. A microkeratome is a tool with a blade that cuts a circular flap of tissue from the surface of the cornea. This thin flap of corneal tissue, attached by a hinge, is folded back exposing the inner layer of the cornea (stroma). Next, the excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea (stroma). After the inner tissue of the corneal is reshaped, the flap is repositioned, without the need for stitches.
What is Blade-free LASIK?
Traditionally an instrument called a microkeratome was used to create a corneal flap. With Blade-Free LASIK the microkeratome is replaced with a femtosecond laser (Intralase Method™). This laser creates tiny pulses of laser light that pass through the outer portion of your cornea and form a layer of microscopic bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye. When it is time for your LASIK treatment to be performed, your doctor separates the corneal tissue at the bubble layer and then folds it back, thus creating your flap. Next, the excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea (stroma). After the inner tissue of the corneal is reshaped, the flap is repositioned, without the need for stitches.
What is CustomVue™?
CustomVue is an individualized laser vision correction that is WaveScan™ - driven. WaveScan™ Wavefront Technology is a tabletop diagnostic system which produces a detailed map of the eye – much like a fingerprint. This map gives the doctor a representation of your vision, based on the behavior of light waves. The result is an in-depth representation of the refractive error or aberrations present in your eye. This allows the doctor to measure imperfections in your vision 25 times more precisely than standard methods used for glasses and contact lenses. The CustomVue™ treatment is “custom” because it includes information from the WaveScan System that is more individualized than what a doctor uses to program a non-custom treatment.
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