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Ilasik (femto-Lasik) – an evolutionary leap in vision correction

If you’re one of many people who have been waiting for laser vision correction to be perfected, your time has come. AMO’s Advanced CustomVue iLASIK  (femto-Lasik) procedure offers safety, precision and exceptional results to patients who are nearsighted or farsighted and those who have astigmatism.

There are two steps in the iLASIK (femto-Lasik) procedure. During the first step the Intralase laser method is used to create a corneal flap. This is a 100% blade-free approach to create the thin flap of tissue that the doctor folds back in order to complete step 2; tissue ablation with the excimer laser, using advanced CustomVue technology.

During the first step of the iLASIK (femto-Lasik) procedure a 5th generation Femtosecond laser is precisely focused to a point within the cornea. Tiny pulses of laser light pass harmlessly through the outer portion of your cornea and form a uniform layer of microscopic bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye. The surgeon controls the flap diameter, depth, hinge location and width, and side-cut architecture – factors that can be varied per patient. Just prior to LASIK eye surgery, the doctor can lift the corneal flap by gently and easily separating the tissue where these bubbles have formed.

The second step of the procedure utilizes advanced CustomVue technology with the VISX STAR S4IR system to reshape the cornea in order to correct the unique imperfections of your visual system. Everyone is different and your eyes are as unique as your finger print, which is why thorough pre-operative testing with the advanced WaveScan Technology is so important. The WaveScan System delivers unprecedented measurement accuracy (up to 25 times more precise than the standard method), enhancing the precision of the Advanced CustomVue Procedure. Measuring with this technology is THE critical first step to optimizing quality vision with a laser correction procedure.

The advanced iLASIK (femto-Lasik) bladeless procedure is FDA approved for treatment for myopia, hyperopia and mixed astigmatism. NASA astronauts and U.S. fighter pilots can have laser vision correction surgery today because of the exclusive, validated safety and precision performance of iLASIK technologies. Better results are expected for every patient, but in particular for patients with irregular astigmatism and thin corneas.

Femtosecond laser technology is also used for corneal transplant surgery, where only the diseased part of the cornea can be removed and replaced with donor tissue, so that it fits like a puzzle piece. The Femtosecond technology is also used for the implantation of Kerarings for Keratoconus, and the implantation of intra-corneal contact lenses (FlexiVue lenses) for presbyopia (reading problem). Femtosecond technology can also be used during cataract surgery.

For more information about the new iLASIK (femto-Lasik) procedure, contact The Tygervalley Eye & Laser Centre at 021 9100 300 or info@eyelaserclinic.co.za, or visit www.eyelaserclinic.co.za.