We recently acquired the latest laser approved by the FDA for use in LASIK surgery. The WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser is one of the most advanced and fastest lasers currently on the market.
The EX500 is currently the fastest refractive surgery platform available in the US. It reduces treatment time to an average of 1.4 seconds per diopter. So, for example, if your prescription calls for a correction of -3.00, treatment with the EX500 will take less than 5 seconds total.
When it comes to LASIK, faster surgeries have benefits: it reduces the potential for dehydration of the cornea, flap shrinkage, and patient fixation fatigue. For example, the older lasers would take almost one minute of treatment time with high correction treatments. Patients would at times have difficulty keeping their focus on the laser target. With the EX500, the majority of treatments are less than 8 seconds.
In addition to the EX500, the Atlanta Vision Institute has the newest IntraLase laser, the fifth generation iFS™ Advanced Femtosecond laser. To perform LASIK surgeries, we use both lasers in tandem. This advanced laser provides a faster repetition rate. Like the EX500, faster is better. The speed yields more precision and accuracy. With the latest iFS™ laser, there is less disruption of the architecture and sensory nerve fibers of the cornea, creating stronger flaps, fewer possible complications and a faster visual recovery.
We are one of the only centers in the greater Atlanta area to use this combination of advanced lasers. Dr. Ashraf states, “The combination of these two machines has decreased total procedure time by 75% compared to five years ago. This makes it much more comfortable on the patients.”
If you’d like to schedule a consultation to see if you’re a good candidate for this advanced form of LASIK, please call our office at (770) 622-2488.
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