Our Eye-Surgery Center Lohr is
certified by the German
DIN EN 9001:2015
Equipment for LASIK, iLASIK
Wavefront- guided LASIK
This is a variation of conventional LASIK surgery using "wavefront" technology to custom sculpt the cornea. Wavefront- guided LASIK may, in many situations, provide better results than traditional standard LASIK. Therefore, AMO developed the so-called iDesign technology.
Wavefront technology was originally developed for use in high-powered telescopes to reduce distortions when viewing distant objects in space. This technology has been applied to laser vision correction, measuring imperfections in the eye never before measured. iDesign-based digital technology identifies and measures imperfections in an individual's eye 25 times more precisely than standard methods for glasses and contact lenses. This data is then used to generate an individualized treatment for each patient.
There is evidence that shows Wavefront- guided LASIK treatments deliver sharper post-operative vision and fewer night time side effects than conventional LASIK. Amount of correction, corneal thickness, and general eye health are factors taken into consideration when planning treatment. At the Eye Surgery Center Lohr, iDesign® (& WaveScan)technology is being used since 2002.
Femtosecond laser-Technology makes LASIK safer than ever before
LASIK is the nation’s most-popular vision correction procedure, representing approximately 90 percent of all refractive procedures performed annually.
The femtosecond laser drives superior visual outcomes by optimizing the intracorneal surface for refractive procedures like LASIK. Computer-guided technology provides for the highest-precision surgical control.
While most commonly associated with the Excimerlaser, iLASIK is an all-laser procedure due to the use of the femtosecond laser.
There are two steps in the iLASIK procedure and new science reveals that the first step creating a corneal flap has been overlooked for its affect on the visual outcome of the procedure. IntraLase is the first blade-free laser technology for performing the initial step of the LASIK procedure - creating the corneal flap. Traditionally, this first step was done manually using a hand-held device with an oscillating metal razor blade, called a microkeratome.
While LASIK is a successful and relatively safe procedure, the majority of complications with LASIK arise from the use of microkeratomes.
When iLASIK surgeons began using the IntraLase femtosecond laser for corneal flap creation, they noticed a marked improvement in patient vision. The laser, designed to decrease complications in LASIK first step, was also providing better visual outcomes. New clinical data reveal the femtosecond laser prepares an optimal corneal surface below the flap, providing for superior visual outcomes, especially among Custom/Wavefront patients.
Advantages of a Femto-LASIK (iLASIK) procedure:
- Better Vision
- Improved Safety
- Fewer Retreatments
- Reduced Dry Eye Symptoms
- Highest Degree of Predictability and Precision
- Thinner flaps
- Technology of choice
- Individualized LASIK
With the femtosecond laser, the surgeon can precisely control the critical first step of iLASIK. Physician-programmed laser specifications include flap diameter, depth, hinge location and width, and side-cut architecture factors which can be varied to meet patients needs. The IntraLase laser creates a distinctive beveled edge flap, which allows for precise repositioning, alignment and seating after LASIK is completed. This feature reduces the risk of flap displacement, a complication seen with microkeratome flaps.
The ultra-fast IntraLase femtosecond laser uses an infrared light beam, generating 150,000 pulses per second, to prepare the intracorneal bed and create the corneal flap in the first step of LASIK.
Using an inside-out process, the laser beam is precisely focused to a point within the cornea.
The laser pulses then create thousands of microscopic bubbles which define the precise architecture of the intracorneal surface, as well as the distinct beveled edge of the resulting flap.
The bubbles are then stacked along the edge up to the corneal surface to complete step one.
From start to finish, the IntraLase process takes approximately 15 seconds.
The LASIK procedure is complete when the flap is securely repositioned on its beveled edge.
From all the equipment used during examination and the actual procedure, the excimer laser is the most important piece. The excimer laser generates pulses of invisible ultraviolet light which have the capacity to remove microscopically thin layers from the surface of the cornea, changing the curvature of the cornea.
Eye Surgery Center Lohr uses the VISX STAR S4 with iDesign® technology. The Star S4 is the latest generation VISX laser offering the most advanced and sophisticated technology. The laser's 3-D eye tracker follows the tiniest motions of the eye in all three dimensions to ensure utmost accuracy. The Variable Spot Scanning technology allows for a larger treatment area and gives the surgeon greater flexibility to personalize the LASIK vision correction procedure. AMO an U.S. manufacturer of excimerlasers, is the worldwide industry leader with over 32 million procedures.