What is the difference between Custom Wavefront and conventional laser surgery?
Standard or conventional laser surgery was based on a person’s glasses prescription. Only lower order aberrations such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism could be measured and used to guide the laser in the treatment. Wavefront technology measures more than just a person’s prescription. When a Wavefront or customized laser surgery is done it corrects not only the person’s prescription but also higher order aberrations which are tiny imperfections in the visual system that glasses or contact lenses cannot correct. By doing a Wavefront or customized treatment it is possible to achieve better vision than is possible with glasses or contacts.
Why does Herzig Eye Institute use IntraLase®?
Herzig Eye Institute uses IntraLase® because it is the, most sophisticated and accurate technology for corneal flap creation available today. It has given many patients greater confidence and assurance in choosing Laser Vision Correction, as it replaced blade technology. IntraLase® eliminates some of the risk associated with the microkeratome, improving safety and precision while providing predictably better visual results for the patient. It is also referred to as “ALL-LASER LASIK” or “iLASIK”.
What is PRK?
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is the same laser procedure as LASIK. Like LASIK it involves the use of the cool energy of an Excimer laser to re-shape the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. It differs from LASIK in that it is performed on the surface of the cornea instead of creating a corneal flap. For patients with thin, steep or irregularly shaped corneas, PRK is often the best and safest High Definition Vision™ solution for them.
What is LASIK?
LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis), commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction is a safe High Definition Vision™ solution for the treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASIK has proven to be a very successful procedure, freeing millions of people of the daily dependence on glasses and contact lenses.
What is iDesign Technology?
iDesign technology is a diagnostic and treatment approach that lets us take a precise measurement of your eyes—like a “fingerprint” of your vision—and then provide you with truly personalized vision correction. No other wavefront-guided mapping tool measures vision imperfections like iDesign technology. Better diagnoses gained through precise mapping, measuring and analyses means a truly individualized treatment plan and your best possible results.
What is SMILE?
SMILE (SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction), commonly referred to as flapless laser vision correction is a safe High Definition Vision™ solution for the treatment of nearsightedness and astigmatism. SMILE is a minimally invasive treatment method which combines the extensive experience and superior safety of traditional vision correction techniques with numerous innovative benefits. SMILE is redefining refractive surgery as we know it.
When is surface PRK used at Herzig Eye Institute?
PRK or surface ablation is recommended when there is a structural abnormality in the cornea that makes SMILE or LASIK unsafe. PRK is also used when a pre-existing problem is present on the cornea which can be eliminated with PRK and result in better vision than SMILE or LASIK.
How will Custom Vision Correction affect night vision?
Wavefront technology or Custom Vision Correction allows us to treat more than just a person’s prescription. It treats impurities in the visual system that can have a significant impact on quality of vision and by doing so not only do people usually have better daytime vision, they frequently have better nighttime vision as well.
How does IntraLase® change the LASIK procedure?
The IntraLase® Method is a 100% blade-free approach to creating a corneal flap IntraLase® provides the surgeon with the capability of creating a thinner, smoother and more uniform corneal flap. Prior to the availability of the IntraLase® Method, surgeons created the corneal flap manually using a hand-held instrument with an oscillating, steel blade, called a microkeratome. Some laser centres offer the microkeratome as a less expensive option. The Herzig Eye Institute doesn’t believe in offering any technology that is not the best and the safest.
What is IntraLase®?
IntraLase® is the brand name of a femtosecond laser used to make the flap for LASIK. IntraLase® is the first blade-free laser technology for creating a corneal flap. Many patients who were deemed ineligible for LASIK surgery with a microkeratome due to steep, flat or thin corneas may be considered candidates for the LASIK procedure using IntraLase®. This means if you were turned down as a candidate for LASIK several years ago because of your corneas, you may be a candidate using IntraLase®.