Laser Eye Surgery Technology: Alcon WaveLight® Allegretto, WaveLight® FS 200, IntraLase®, VISX STAR S4™, CustomVue™, ORA and More
The doctors and staff at the New England Eye Center are dedicated to helping patients from Massachusetts and surrounding areas achieve the clearest, sharpest vision possible. We routinely schedule patients to have their vision evaluated with Cornea Trained Surgeon Helen Wu, MD. Patients travel from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island and even out of the country to be evaluated at our LASIK and Cataract Center located in The Theatre District in Boston. Because each patient has specific visual needs, the eye center offers a broad spectrum of services and technology. We maintain certifications to feature and offer the most advanced procedures to our patients. In addition to being certified on and having performed thousands of procedures on the IntraLase and VISX STAR S4 laser platforms, Dr. Helen Wu has now added the Alcon WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Laser and the WaveLight® FS 200 Femtosecond Laser platforms for the treatment of LASIK Laser Vision Correction.
The WaveLight Allegretto Laser, by Alcon, works by treating patients through Wavefront Optimized and Wavefront-Guided technology. This laser is FDA approved for topography – guided laser vision correction, incorporating refractive error of the eye and corneal irregularities into a custom treatment. The Allegretto Wave laser is also equipped with an eye tracker which actively tracks eye movement and verifies location before releasing pulses. It’s PerfectPulse® Technology helps insure safety and precision at high speeds. To see videos on the Perfect Pulse Technology, and more on how these lasers work click here.
WaveScan® for CustomVue™
Our practice uses WaveScan® three-dimensional digital imaging during CustomVue™, Custom LASIK, and iLASIK™ to help deliver extremely precise results. The WaveScan® system creates a WavePrint®, a detailed visual profile of the eye's imperfections. To do this, light rays are projected onto the retina in order to determine how the eye focuses light.These waves are then converted to a digital WavePrint®, which is unique to each individual, much like a fingerprint. Therefore, patients receiving CustomVue™ Custom LASIK can rest assured that their procedure is completely tailored to their specific vision correction needs.
Bausch & Lomb's Orbscan® II
When it comes to determining a patient's candidacy for laser eye surgery, we utilize the Orbscan® II, one of the most sophisticated corneal diagnostic tools available today. The Orbscan® II is used before laser eye surgery to create a topographic map of the eye's surface, which enables the surgeon to detect even the most complex abnormalities that contribute to refractive errors.
The Orbscan® II is more accurate than other diagnostic imaging equipment; it can map data for 9,000 points on the eye in less than two seconds. This helps patients to receive a more customized LASIK experience. It is also the only technology that can measure the thickness of the cornea, which is crucial in determining a patient's ability to undergo laser eye surgery.
Zeiss IOL Master
When performing diagnostic tests on patients suffering from cataracts, we utilize the advanced Zeiss IOL Master imaging device. This non-contact optical analysis tool measures the distance between the corneal vertex and the retinal pigment epithelium to within .02mm accuracy. The quick, effective, and accurate measurement of eye length and surface curvature is invaluable for the treatment of cataracts, and the Zeiss IOL Master makes this possible. Because the device is non-contact, it also prevents the risk of bacterial contamination on the eye and renders the use of anesthesia unnecessary.
ORA System™ is a sophisticated device used to provide real time measurements of your eye during surgery which is not possible with today's conventional instruments. ORA works by directing a beam of low intensity laser light into the eye while the surgical procedure is in process. The laser light reflects off of the retina, and sensors in the ORA instrument analyze the reflected wave of light exiting the eye. Using this information, your surgeon can evaluate the optical conditions in your eye throughout your cataract procedure, and make surgical decisions at the precise moment that can best affect your visual outcomes.
Prior to ORA, surgeons were unable to assess the quality of vision during surgery, and would often have to wait until weeks after to determine the accuracy of the surgical results. Simply put, ORA is a valuable new technology that can help both doctors and patients achieve better results and most importantly, an improved quality of vision.
There are many important benefits to having ORA technology included as part of your vision correction procedure. These include: - ORA may help your surgeon achieve better results and provide you an improved quality of vision. - ORA gives your surgeon an added level of confirmation for an optimal outcome. - If you have astigmatism, ORA may improve the accuracy of your correction to help reduce the chance you'll need to wear eyeglasses after your procedure.