Invented in the 1970s and approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1995, LASIK laser eye surgery was originally only used to treat myopia.
However, innovations and refinements of LASIK laser technology over time have made LASIK the most common vision correction method.
LASIK vision correction surgery addresses myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism (irregular focus).
To perform LASIK surgery, Dr. Besser creates a thin flap in the cornea by using a state-of-the-art Intralase femtosecond laser. He then lifts the flap to access inner corneal tissues.
Dr. Besser performs all LASIK procedures using the Intralase exclusively. This laser is more precise and has fewer intraoperative complications than earlier microkeratome technology, ensuring a precise, thin, and uniform flap thickness. This, in turn, preserves the proper thickness of the underlying cornea.
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.
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.
Next, an excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea to ablate the inner corneal tissues.
Corneal reshaping is performed using the Alcon WaveLight EX500 with Wavefront Optimized technology 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.
In preparation for surgery, we use advanced OCT, or Ocular Coherence Tomography, to create a detailed map of the cornea's thickness.
This allows us to screen patients accurately and help determine if they are a good candidate for LASIK.