A: As a laser eye surgery leader, it is integral to remain on the cutting edge of the field’s latest technology. Equipment advancements facilitate the highest quality procedure results. Combined use of the iDesign Refractive Studio, IntraLase, and Star S4 IR® Excimer Laser technologies facilitates these results:
iDesign is a wavefront-guided mapping tool used to measure vision imperfections. It takes a precise measurement or “fingerprint” of the eye, incorporating wavefront aberrometry, corneal topography, autorefractometry, keratometry and pupillometry, for optimal accuracy. This fingerprint improves diagnosis, allowing for a more specialized treatment plan and superior procedural results.
IntraLase® is a brand name femtosecond (one quadrillionth of a second) laser used to make the LASIK corneal flap. IntraLase® is the first technology to create a corneal flap blade-free, using tiny, rapid laser light pulses instead. This technology replaces the microkeratome, an oscillating blade instrument. It eliminates microkeratome associated risks, improving safety and precision while providing improved patient visual results.
STAR S4 IR® Excimer Laser uses ultraviolet energy to disrupt chemical bonds in the cornea without causing any thermal damage to surrounding tissue. Modifying the corneal surface enables light to be focused on the retina, thereby reducing or eliminating the dependence on external eyewear. The ablation is personalized as this laser uses the “fingerprint” collected from the iDesign system, to ensure the most effective outcomes for a variety of patients.