Discover the laser technology Dr. Besser uses in our surgery center when performing LASIK surgery in Los Angeles.
The first laser technology used for LASIK surgery was invented in the 1970s and approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1995. In the beginning, this type of laser eye surgery was only used in the treatment of myopia. Today, LASIK laser eye surgery has come a long way and is currently the most common vision correction method used to treat various vision problems.
LASIK vision correction surgery addresses myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. The advent of the femtosecond laser is one of the biggest breakthrough advances in Lasik technology, making it now more precise and successful, with fewer side effects for patients.
To perform LASIK surgery, Dr. Besser creates a thin flap in the cornea by using a state-of-the-art femtosecond laser. He then lifts the flap to access inner corneal tissues. Next, an excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea to ablate the inner corneal tissues.
Dr. Besser exclusively performs all LASIK procedures using the Intralase. This laser is more precise and has fewer intraoperative complications. It also reduces the incidence of glare and halos after the procedure.
The femtosecond laser has an advantage over earlier microkeratome technology by ensuring a precise, thin, and uniform flap thickness. This, in turn, preserves the proper thickness of the underlying cornea.
Excimer Laser Eye Surgery
Corneal reshaping is performed using the Alcon WaveLight EX500 with Wavefront Optimized technology (a type of excimer laser) to sculpt the inner corneal tissues of the eye. It is faster, more comfortable, and more precise, resulting in better outcomes than previous lasers. Patients using glasses or contacts are able to achieve an excellent vision, with many seeing better than 20/20 after a procedure using the excimer laser.
Dr. Besser customizes the procedure using wavefront technology that measures hundreds of reference points on the eye's surface. He then calculates the precise reshaping required to improve refractive errors.
To learn more about laser vision correction, or schedule a consultation with Dr. Besser, eye specialist to find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK surgery, contact our office today.