• A photo of iLASIK equipment

What is iLasik?

This pro­ce­dure is the first 100% vision cor­rec­tion method which is cus­tomized to an individual’s eye char­ac­ter­is­tics. It is per­formed with a FDA approved wave­front guid­ed blade free laser for ulti­mate pre­ci­sion. The iLasik method pro­vides you with safest and best results in the world of Lasik surgery. Most patients regain a 20/20 vision or bet­ter and this surgery works on almost every eye vision cor­rec­tion con­di­tion. Patients that were unsuit­able for Lasik pre­vi­ous­ly may now be able to improve their vision to the point of not need­ing glass­es or con­tacts. It is capa­ble of cor­rect­ing the most expan­sive range of vision imper­fec­tions out there.

How is the iLasik per­formed?

The pro­ce­dure is done with the most advanced tech­nol­o­gy in the world by using com­put­er guid­ed Lasik lasers. It begins with the pain­less mea­sure­ment of your eye. WaveS­can tech­nol­o­gy is able to cre­ate a 3D map of your eye to check for even the small­est imper­fec­tion. The results are 25 times more detailed than a tra­di­tion­al mea­sure­ment. This enables the sur­geon to cus­tom fit the treat­ment to your spe­cif­ic needs.

The next step involves the first of two lasers, IntraLase to cre­ate a flap in your eye at the sur­face (cornea) so that it can be fold­ed back to allow the pro­ce­dure. An infrared laser light pre­cise­ly cre­ates the flap. This blade free method admin­is­ters excep­tion­al results with almost all patients regain­ing total vision with­out hav­ing to use aids such as glass­es or con­tacts. Patients who have received this surgery state it has removed the high and low aber­ra­tions you would asso­ciate with glare or night halos.

The last step is the Advanced Cus­tomVue laser which uses your spe­cif­ic vision pro­file to cor­rect your vision. The laser puls­es as it reshapes the mid­dle sur­face of the cornea. This laser is the best in the world using tech­nol­o­gy that is pre­cise and reacts auto­mat­i­cal­ly to the small­est move­ments dur­ing the surgery for safe and accu­rate results.

Your stay at the doctor’s office will nor­mal­ly range from one to two hours; the actu­al pro­ce­dure is only about five to fif­teen min­utes. It has been called the “pain­less” surgery as your eye is anes­thetized with eye drops before and dur­ing the surgery. Once com­plet­ed, there is lit­tle to no dis­com­fort felt. Some patients have report­ed they expe­ri­ence slight light sen­si­tiv­i­ty or water­ing of the eye; how­ev­er these symp­toms dis­ap­pear after one to three days. If you suf­fer from any dis­com­fort, your doc­tor will have eye drops avail­able to see your through those first few days.

How is iLasik dif­fer­ent from Lasik?

Lasik surgery uses a blade to cre­ate the flap in the cornea. The blade is inside a hand– held micro­ker­atome which cuts across the eye sur­face. This pro­ce­dure has the risk of cre­at­ing severe sight-threat­en­ing com­pli­ca­tions. The iLasik uses the beam of light with­out going across the eye sur­face. The pre­ci­sion with which this light beam acts is the main source of the procedure’s safe­ty. The thick­ness of the flap will deter­mine the out­come of the surgery and it fea­tures a con­sis­tent thick­ness from one edge of the eye to the oth­er. Lasik surgery can­not guar­an­tee this type of accu­ra­cy.

Stud­ies have proven patients see bet­ter after an iLasik pro­ce­dure than those who have had Lasik surgery.  Many patients com­plain they suf­fer dry eye symp­toms after a Lasik surgery and those who have had iLasik have no symp­toms or much less severe ones. With the pre­ci­sion allowed in this method, many doc­tors rec­om­mend this for ner­vous patients as it is a much more con­trolled pro­ce­dure for any unex­pect­ed move­ments dur­ing the surgery.

What you can expect after surgery?

You will be able to return to work as soon as the day after the surgery, some patients have report­ed return­ing the same day. The iLasik eye surgery pro­ce­dure reports an over­all suc­cess rate of 90 to 95%. This means patients define their eye sight being with­in a com­fort­able range in both eyes and they are see­ing nor­mal with­out glass­es. There are no 100% guar­an­tees with any­thing; how­ev­er iLasik has reduced the num­ber of re-treat­ments by 50% over those who have Lasik per­formed.

The surgery is per­ma­nent. Some patients have done “touch-ups” with those suf­fer­ing from near-sight­ed­ness, far-sight­ed­ness and astig­ma­tism. Eyes will con­tin­ue to age nor­mal­ly after the surgery.

October 27th, 2015|Comments Off on What is iLasik?

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.


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