Advances in LASIK

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Learn about the advances in LASIK technology that have make LASIK a reality for patients who were at one time not candidates for the procedure. Covered within this presentation are the topics of: Having a LASIK Consultation, Personalized Wavefront Technology, Femtosecond Lasers, Excimer Lasers, and many other advances in LASIK.

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Advances in LASIK

  1. 1. Advances in LASIK Presented byThe American Refractive Surgery Council with Dr. Eric Donnenfeld
  2. 2. Overview• LASIK was once off-limits to people with thin corneas, dry eye and prescriptions in higher ranges• Advances in technology and technique, many of those once ineligible for LASIK may now benefit from the popular vision correction procedure• This presentation will walk you through some of these significant advancements in technology
  3. 3. Opening the Door for New Candidates• Improved tools, such as new, more precise lasers and more advanced techniques, mean LASIK achieves better outcomes than ever before and can be performed on many people who once were not candidates• While there are still people whose medical conditions and vision issues make them poor candidates for LASIK, that population is shrinking due to improved technologies and therapies
  4. 4. Seeking a LASIK Consultation• If you have been considering LASIK – or if you have been disqualified in the past – it’s worthwhile to consult with your surgeon to see if you are among the growing group who might benefit
  5. 5. Personalized LASIK Map of Eye• Wavefront technology creates a microscopically- detailed map of the eye – The result is a personalized, high-definition measurement unique to the patient that details minute irregularities on the surface of the cornea that contribute to quality of vision – This ‘surface map’ guides the excimer laser, making optimized and customized corrections possible and increasing the percentage of patients seeing 20/20 and better
  6. 6. Ultra-Precise Femtosecond Lasers• The femtosecond laser replaces the surgical blade used to create a flap in the cornea in the first step of LASIK – The precision of the femtosecond laser for flap creation makes it possible to create very thin flaps – Studies have shown these thinner flaps also reduce the incidence of dry eye post LASIK, making it appealing to those patients with a tendency for pre-operative dry eye – This allows some patients with thin corneas to take advantage of LASIK
  7. 7. Advances in Excimer Lasers• Next-generation excimer lasers that can address a broader spectrum of prescriptions than early generations – The result is that a wider range of vision correction can be achieved with LASIK – Today’s LASIK technologies, as opposed to first generation lasers, can benefit those patients with more extreme vision prescriptions
  8. 8. Advanced Diagnostic Equipment• New diagnostic equipment allows clinicians to evaluate both the front and the back surface of the cornea – Allows physicians to evaluate patient candidacy and improve results
  9. 9. Other Advances• New drug therapies and treatments to help with such conditions as dry eye• Wavefront, topographic and pachymetric measurements give physicians precise measurement and individual blueprints of the eye
  10. 10. Concluding Thoughts• There are many myths about who is and isn’t a candidate for LASIK – Some of these were once true, but they’re not anymore, thanks to steady improvements in technology and technique• While not everyone is a good LASIK candidate, more people can benefit now than ever before• If you’re considering LASIK – or you’ve considered it in the past – it’s a good idea to talk to a surgeon and see if you’re among the people who were once poor candidates but are now good ones
  11. 11. For More Information Please Visit:www.AmericanRefractiveSurgeryCouncil.org

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