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Lasik Technology

Femto-second Lasik (Intra-Lasik) Visian Icl Photo Refractive Keratectomy Refractive Lens Exchange
 

FS200 BLADE FREE LASIK Femto-second Lasik (Intra-Lasik)

The FS200 method, also known as Femto-second Lasik (Intra-Lasik), produces a better quality corneal flap than the microkeratome (hand held thin blade). FS200 is the laser that creates your corneal flap in the first step of your LASIK procedure. The FS200 method works by providing rapid pulses of laser light to create a flap in the cornea.

The advantages of having FS200 create your flap include the assurance and comfort of receiving the latest technology. FS200 has been performed successfully on thousands of eyes. Clinical studies show that patients who have FS200 achieve 20/20 vision or better more often that those having the standard LASIK technique. At Samaya, we use FS200 as the standard of care for LASIK. We believe you deserve the best!


ALLEGRETTO WAVE EYE Q EXCIMER LASER SYSTEM FOR LASIK AND PRK

The Allegretto Wave Eye-Q is the latest and greatest technology available used in laser vision correction. The Allegretto Wave Eye-Q is the fastest laser available for LASIK/PRK in the United States. It utilizes a high speed tracking device that monitors even the fastest eye movements.

Compared to other lasers, the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q creates a more natural shape in the cornea and reduces irregularities of the eye. This means a better quality of vision.


IS LASIK RIGHT FOR ME

So, you may know the basics of LASIK laser vision correction, but is the procedure the right one for you?

Candidates for LASIK will find many advantages for the procedure especially the reduction or elimination for corrective eyewear, better vision, quick recovery, and improved confidence. However, those who are not candidates or are not comfortable with the LASIK procedure can choose from an array of other options to help improve their vision.

Dry Eyes, thinner corneas and higher degrees of prescription are all potential reasons to consider LASIK alternatives. Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is a common laser procedure performed directly on the surface of the eye. It does not require the creation of a corneal flap. Though the healing time is longer for PRK, the outcome is as effective as LASIK.

Another excellent choice for moderate to very highly nearsighted patients is the Implantable Contact Lens, also know as Implantable Collamer Lens (Visian ICL). This microthin lens is implanted in the eye behind the iris and in front of the eyes natural lens. It produces excellent visual results with no change in the corneal surface. Both eyes are done the same day using numbing drop anesthesia. If you have been told that you are not a candidate for LASIK or PRK, you may be a great candidate for the ICL.


Risks and Complications of LASIK

As with any surgical procedure, LASIK does involve a degree of risk and there have been rare instances of complications including: over-and-under correction, induced astigmatism, infection, inflammation, and flap irregularities. It should be noted that although these compications can occur and may have effects on outcomes, the likelihood is extremely low especially with the current available technology utilized at Samaya Hospital. Our LASIK surgeons are some of the most experienced in the nation and every precaution is taken during the procedure to minimize risks.

To find out if LASIK surgery is the right option for you, please contact Samaya or begin scheduling your free LASIK evaluation online. We will be happy to address any concerns you may have and discuss alternatives to LASIK if you do not meet the candidacy requirements.


Alternatives to LASIK

So you're interested in vision correction surgery, but you aren't a candidate for LASIK. Are there other options? The answer is yes! At Samaya Hospital, we offer a variety of vision correction procedures as alternatives to LASIK that may be a better option for some patients. If you have high levels of near or farsightedness, thin corneas or dry eye problems, you may be a better candidate for the Visian ICL, or implantable contact lens. If you are over the age of 45, refractive lens exchange (RLE) surgery may be the best option to help correct vision and presbyopia. PRK is another optional procedure that is very similar to LASIK because it uses a laser to reshape the cornea, but it may be a better procedure for some patients. You will want to meet with one of our refractive specialists for a complimentary refractive consult to determine which procedure is best for you!

  • Visian ICL
  • Photo Refractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

 

VISIAN ICL

If your doctor said you weren't a good candidate for LASIK or PRK because you had thin corneas, dry eyes, or your prescription was out of range, then the Visian ICL may be just perfect for you! The Visian ICL is an implantable contact lens. It's different from LASIK because it doesn't involve a laser to treat the top layer of your cornea. The Visian ICL is actually an implant! The surgeon will make a tiny incision and insert the contact lens inside the eye. You will never have to worry again about foggy glasses or losing a contact lens. You may be a good candidate for the Visian ICL if you:

  • Are between the age of 21 and 45
  • Are nearsighted without astigmatism (-3D to-20D in prescription)
  • Have dry eyes, severe myopia, or thin corneas

 



PHOTO REFRACTIVE KERATECTOMY (PRK)

What happens in the PRK procedure?

In PRK, a surgeon from Samaya Hospital will mechanically remove a very superficial cell layer of the cornea, known as the epithelium. This may be done with a blade, brush, or in conjunction with a dilute chemical solution. The surgeon then uses theAllegretto Wave Eye Q laser to reshape the cornea to the desired correction. A laser treatment typically lasts 30 seconds or less depending upon the amount of correction desired. A soft contact lens is placed on the cornea to act as a "band aid" and promote comfort and healing. This will be removed by the doctor in 5-7 days.


What about recovery?

PRK will result in some discomfort post operatively. The soft contact lens along with medicated eye drops help significantly. Over-the-counter pain relievers, cold compresses and ice packs are also helpful. Make up should not be worn around the eyes until the soft contact lens is removed. Patients should avoid hot tubs and swimming pools for 1-2 weeks and untreated water sources such as lakes and oceans for 4 weeks. Patients may return to driving, work or other activities when they feel comfortable to do so. Samaya recommends patients take 5-7 days off from work or school.



 

REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE (RLE)

If you are over the age of 45 and interested in correcting your vision, then Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) surgery may be a great option for you! As we age, everyone develops presbyopia, making it difficult to see objects up close. Refractive lens exchange replaces the eye's natural lens with an artificial lens to reduce the overall prescription and improve the range and focus of vision. It is basically cataract surgery done for the purpose of correcting vision even when no cataract is present. Here at Samaya Hospital, we have premium intraocular lenses including ReSTOR and Toric that can reduce or eliminate your dependency on glasses or contacts. The ReSTOR multifocal lens corrects vision at all ranges (near, intermediate and distance). The Toric lens is an astigmatism correcting intraocular lens that corrects vision at one distance. You will want to discuss your lifestyle needs and concerns with your doctor when deciding which lens is right for you.


Ideal RLE Candidates

  • People over the age of 45
  • People with presbyopia
  • People wanting to prevent the possibility of developing a cataract
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