The Advantages of the SMILE laser

Maximizing patient comfort

The Zeiss VisuMax is the only femtosecond laser to employ a curved contact surface to maximize patient comfort. The size of the curved patient interface is customized according to the patient’s anatomy and physiology. This significantly reduces the pressure sensation on the eye during the procedure, allowing the patient to retain vision the entire time. This is a huge advantage over competing lasers, which produce uncomfortable pressure on the eyes, resulting in “blacked out” vision for up to 30 seconds.

In contrast, the reduced pressure of the VisuMax laser results in the most comfortable flap creation procedure available today. Patients often describe the VisuMax procedure as being similar in sensation to the insertion of a soft contact lens.

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High-Precision Optics.

Precise laser energy

The VisuMax is so precise that it requires seven times less energy than other femtosecond lasers. Less energy is always an advantage when treating the delicate tissue of the cornea, as the tissue outside of the defined area of interest remains untouched. This results in minimal, precise laser pulse energy, which creates more accurate, more delicate, and gentler flaps than any other femtosecond laser.

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Exceptional Microscope Optics

Carl Zeiss is the global leader in high-tech optics for cameras and microscopes. Most of the world’s operating rooms use surgical microscopes made by Zeiss. The integrated, high-quality ZEISS surgical microscope in the VisuMax laser ensures Dr. Ashraf precise and complete control during each treatment step.

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A Smart Unit

The treatment bed of the VisuMax is extremely sophisticated to ensure maximum comfort. The patient’s position is continuously monitored during treatment, to help maintain the perfect, gentle contact pressure that is optimal for flap creation.

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With a laser pulse frequency of 500kHz, the VisuMax is one of the fastest femtosecond lasers on the market today. The creation of the VisuMax flap takes about half the time of a traditional laser. This increased efficiency means more comfort for patients.

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WaveLight® EX-500 Excimer Laser

The Atlanta Vision Institute is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art technology for our patients. This is the reason we continue to invest in the latest technology not only to improve on the safety of the procedure but also by obtaining the best possible results. We are proud to be one of the first centers in the country to obtain the new WaveLight® EX-500 Excimer Laser. This is the latest laser approved by the US FDA for LASIK surgery. The WaveLight® EX-500 represents a new generation in laser vision technology.