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LASIK and PRK have come a long way since first approved by the FDA more than 20 years ago. They have become the procedures of choice for most patients. Other options have also proven to be safe and effective such as the implantable contact lens (ICL, www.staar.com) and refractive lens exchange. Both LASIK and PRK involve using an excimer laser to reshape the cornea to achieve the desired vision after surgery. Here are the main lasers used in the US today. Boston Vision carries both technologies. Most patients will do as well on both lasers. On occasion, some patients are better candidates for one versus another.
ALCON WAVELIGHT® EX500 EXCIMER LASER
What is the Alcon Wavelight® EX500 Excimer Laser?
One of the newest advancements in LASIK technology is the Wavelight® EX500 Excimer Laser from Alcon. This is a state-of-the-art laser that helps to make the LASIK surgery more effective. The laser’s ablation speed operates at 500Hz. This means that it checks the position of the eye 500 times a second, making this system the most accurate and efficient device on the market for eye surgery. It also includes an innovative swivel bed that decreases time for flap creation and laser procedures.
What Are the Advantages of this Device?
At Boston Vision, we use the most advanced technology to help give our patients the best, most effective care. The Wavelight EX500 Excimer Laser offers many benefits. Innovates engineering and technology helps to reduce the potential for:
- Flap shrinkage
- Stromal dehydration of the cornea
- Sensitivity to eye movements
- Patient fixation fatigue
Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about the LASIK and PRK technology and whether you are a good candidate, schedule an appointment at Boston Vision by booking an appointment online or giving us a call at 617-202-2020.
LASIK and PRK procedures are available at our Brookline, Milford, Medford, Wellesley, and Andover locations.
For more questions and answers by our surgeons about the various refractive options go to www.bostonlasik.com. To discuss the various procedures with a Boston Vision patient who already had them, go to www.visionlikeme.com