Laser Eye Surgery Technology: Alcon WaveLight® Allegretto, WaveLight® FS 200, 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. 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.

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™ 

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.

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