The iLASIK Difference
Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. These conditions are caused by an imbalance between the eye’s cornea and/or lens, which causes light to focus in front of or behind the retina, rather than directly on it. This can make your vision blurry at various distances.
Prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses can correct vision, but many people find them uncomfortable or unflattering. Others can’t wear contact lenses due to certain medical conditions or complications, while others find lens maintenance cumbersome, expensive and time consuming and want a more convenient and less costly option.
Today there is a better option: Laser Vision Correction or LASIK.
LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) addresses these refractive disorders by using a combination of two separate lasers to correct or reshape the curvature of the cornea so normal, clear sight is achieved. More than 30 million patients worldwide, and 15 million patients in the United States, have had LASIK since the procedure was first approved by the FDA in 1998.
iDesign Advanced Wavescan Studio System
Laser vision correction procedures at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston are powered by the iDesign Advanced Wavescan Studio System. In fact, we are proud to be the first practice in Massachusetts to offer this technology.
Prior to your procedure, we use the iDesign system to generate a high-definition scan of your eye. This scan is significantly more precise than any other existing methods used to measure and correct vision. It acts as the “brain” of laser vision procedures, measuring and mapping irregularities of the eye that may impact vision. The system uses waves of light to precisely map the anatomy of your eye at 5 times more resolution than previous wavefront guided technology, capturing more than 1,200 data points from each eye.
The system then creates a personalized treatment plan based on the unique refractive “blueprint” of each person’s eye. The measurements captured by iDesign are used to guide the excimer laser during the corneal reshaping.
Patient Vision Results
In an internal assessment of iDesign LASIK procedures Dr. Rapoza performed on 35 nearsighted patients (69 eyes), our patients experienced these results:
First post-operative day:
- 43% of eyes achieved 20/15 vision
- 5% of eyes achieved 20/20 vision or better
- 100% of eyes achieved 20/25 vision or better
By the second week, 24 of the patients (47 eyes) experienced these results:
- 70% of eyes achieved 20/15 vision
- 100% of eyes achieved 20/20 vision or better
Some people who may not have been candidates for LASIK in the past now may qualify for these more advanced treatments due to their FDA approval for a wider range of optical correction.
At the Forefront of Technology: Blade-free iLASIK™
Dr. Peter Rapoza uses the highly-advanced, custom blade-less iLASIK™ technology for his LASIK patients.
iLASIK™ is an advanced FDA approved wavefront-guided blade-free laser vision correction technology system that safely and effectively treats nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Since each person’s eye is inherently unique, the accompanying WaveScan Wavefront technology provides micro-measurements, so the LASIK procedure is custom tailored and personalized for you. This customized, individualized laser vision correction treatment may result in clearer, sharper vision and optimal outcomes for you.
iLASIK uses Intralase technology, a completely blade-free laser system for flap creation. This advanced technique is important not only because it reduces the older risks associated with manual flap techniques, but also because it creates a smoother cornea bed surface.
The clinical evidence of iLASIK™ is significant. Based on research-backed clinical studies, organizations with the highest standards for safety and visual acuity have adopted the iLASIK method for their personnel, including fighter pilots in the United States military and NASA.
Benefits of iLASIK™
iLASIK™ revolutionizes the field of laser vision correction by the use of two computer guided lasers instead of a blade or only one laser, as in earlier generation LASIK procedures. It also utilizes WaveScan Wavefront technology and Iris Registration.
The benefits of the iLASIK procedure are:
- Greater odds of achieving 20/20 or better vision
- Higher patient satisfaction for visual sharpness and clarity, night vision and glare
- More precise treatment for more consistent results
- Corrects the broadest range of vision disorders
- Offers greater safety and visual recovery advantages
Risks of LASIK
All medical procedures carry risks; LASIK is no different. Anyone who is considering LASIK should take the time to research the potential risks, complications and side-effects which can include:
- Dry eye
- Fluctuating vision
- Night vision problems
- Glare or halos
- Vision loss in very rare cases
These risks can be minimized through careful patient selection, doctor expertise and through the utilization of advanced technology with safety features such as those offered via the iLASIK system. Dr. Rapoza only selects LASIK candidates who he expects will have optimal outcomes.
Alternatives to LASIK
If it is determined that you are not a suitable candidate for LASIK, you may still qualify for other vision correction procedures that produce similar LASIK-like results. These include:
- PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)
- Astigmatic Keratotomy
- Implantable Collamer Lens
Alternatives to LASIK may be recommended if you have:
- High myopia or astigmatism
- Relatively thinner corneas
- History of clinically significant dry eyes
- Previous corneal surgery: radial keratotomy (RK), LASIK or a corneal transplant
- Greater than average risk of future eye injury due to occupations, hobbies or sports
- A cataract, which is better managed by cataract surgery
- Certain eye conditions, such as herpes simplex eye infections, corneal scars or recurrent erosion syndrome
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