There are many different names and brands associated with LASIK and Laser Vision Correction It has become increasingly more difficult for patients in the Orlando area to understand exactly what procedures and technologies will be best suited for them as they move forward with their vision correction decisions. Common misconceptions often occur when discussing Custom LASIK.
With Custom LASIK, we take more measurements and create a procedure that is more specific to your unique eyes. Measuring subtle differences in the cornea (surface of the eye where the procedure is done) by using advances in Cornea Topography is just the beginning of having a LASIK procedure custom-made for you. Dr. Herschel takes great consideration in evaluating all of your preoperative measurements, the health of the surface of your eyes (cornea) as well as intraocular complexities during your evaluation. As a Cornea specialist with over 25 years of vision correction experience, he believes in taking the time to see all of his patients personally to consider and evaluate all the detailed components in your vision and discussing your options prior to scheduling your procedure.
At Herschel Lasik at Magruder Eye, our mission is to deliver results you deserve and expect from your vision correction procedure. By utilizing sophisticated technology and his vast experience, Dr. Kelly Herschel is able to map the unique details of your eyes allowing him to customize your LASIK procedure.
In addition to customizing your preoperative and surgical treatments for more accurate results, Dr. Herschel has the ability to customize the first step of your laser procedure, creating the corneal flap, by using the Ziemer Femto LDV™ laser. Traditionally the first step of LASIK involved using a microkeratome. The microkeratome is a mechanical device which has been used successfully in millions of procedures but it has some limitations. By using the Ziemer Femto LDV™, Dr. Herschel is not restricted to some of the limitations by the mechanical microkeratome (which is not used at Herschel Lasik).
The Ziemer femtosecond laser allows for detailed customization during the creation of the corneal flap for your eye’s unique needs. It has made successful LASIK possible for many more people than traditional LASIK. Using our pre-operative measurements in conjunction with the Femtosecond laser allows Dr. Herschel to truly deliver a fully customized procedure from beginning to end to insure you get your personal best visual result.
Safer, Programmable and more Precise:
After the flap is created, in the second step of your LASIK procedure,The WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Laser treats the bed of the cornea based on your pre-operative measurements and prescription.
The WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Laser was designed based on an idea that was once only imagined: a system with shortened surgery times, innovative and reliable eye-tracking, and a clear ergonomic concept.
Unlike earlier technology, the Wavelight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q laser was designed to preserve th natural curvature of your eye. As a result, LASIK with Wavelight refractive technology can help preserve the quality of your vision, ensuring your eyes are their most natural and their most useful.
It's a matter of what we feel is best for our patients. Why we dont' use a microkeratome; the limitations:
The microkeratome is a hand-held mechanical device which contains a steel blade that moves back and forth and creates a flap as it travels across the cornea or the watch glass front of the eye. A microkeratome is only capable of making a single, one-dimensional plane across the cornea. As it oscillates back and forth, sometimes it can leave an irregular surface after the flap is lifted compared to the Ziemer laser. This can contribute to your quality of vision after your procedure.
Unlike with the all laser LASIK procedure with the Ziemer laser, the doctor does not have the ability adjust the microkeratome to make a thinner flap needed for some patients. In the past, those patients had only the option of PRK or what we call surface treatment. While PRK is an excellent blade free procedure that Dr. Herschel performs routinely for patients and produces excellent results, the recovery is slower and can have discomfort. For some people, the time frame to recover with PRK is not workable with their lifestyle needs.
While the microkeratome is a safe device in the hands of a skilled surgeon such as Dr. Herschel, and has been used in millions of LASIK cases, it again is a blade and when complications occur with the blade (which are probably 1 in 5000), these complications can be problematic, can effect visual recovery and the procedure cannot be repeated/completed again for at least 3-6 months.
Dr. Herscel prefers the safety and efficacy of the Zeimer laser for flap creation over the older Microkeratome technology.
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