iLASIK® Procedure: A Personalized, Unique LASIK Experience
Imagine waking up and seeing the world around you. The iLASIK® Technology procedure can give you the freedom to live hassle-free from contacts or glasses.* So no matter where your day takes you, you'll be able to see clearly.
Blurry vision occurs when the eye has trouble properly focusing, or refracting light. Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism are called "refractive errors," and they are very common.
Refractive errors can be temporarily corrected by wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses, or you can treat your refractive error with a vision correction procedure.
See Clearly Without the Hassle of Contact Lenses or Glasses
What Is the iLASIK® Technology Procedure?
The iLASIK® procedure is an all-laser vision correction procedure that uses wavefront-guided technology to measure the unique characteristics of your eye and provide a completely customized correction for exceptional visual clarity.
Because each eye has tiny, microscopic differences that make it unique from every other eye, no two iLASIK® procedures are the same.
How Does the iLASIK® Procedure Work?
Step 1: Creating Your Eye Map. The first step is to create a 3D map of the imperfections of your eye using wavefront guided eye-mapping technology.
Step 2: Preparing Your Eye. The procedure uses an ultra-fast laser for creating a thin flap to prepare the cornea for treatment.
Step 3: Delivering Your Personalized Treatment. Next, an ultra-precise laser is used to gently reshape the cornea to the desired curvature, based on the digital information from your personalized eye map.
The wavefront guided eye-mapping technology mentioned above uses digital optical imaging to detect, analyze and correct complex vision imperfections that traditional LASIK surgery, contact lenses or eyeglasses cannot.
More than 15 million procedures have been performed worldwide. The majority of individuals who have had the procedure achieved 20/16 vision or better.
Benefits to You
Wavefront mapping captures over 1,200 points of data from each eye to create a highly accurate, extremely personalized 3D map.
The only procedure that has the technology to personalize treatment to individual vision needs. In fact, wavefront measurements are 25 times more precise than those taken with conventional methods used for eyeglasses and contacts.*
There are lots of reasons for wanting your vision corrected: to be able to see in the middle of the night, to wake up to a clear view of your clock, not to have lenses interfere with activities like sports, swimming and hobbies, etc.
Just six months after treatment, nearsighted patients in a clinical study reported:1
How Much Does the iLASIK® Procedure Cost?
Millions of people find that laser vision correction is a solid investment that pays dividends in glasses-free vision for years to come and offers significant long-term savings compared to contact lens wear.*
Please click here to calculate your contact lens expenses vs. the cost of the iLASIK® procedure.
For example, the average 25-year-old will spend roughly $30,000 on contacts and contact lens care (including contact lens exam, lenses and supplies) by age 50, compared with an iLASIK® procedure fee range of $4,200-$5,000 ($2,100-$2,500 per eye). This calculation excludes the routine eye exam required after LASIK.
If you are interested in having laser vision correction, you will need to have a pre-surgical examination to determine if your eyes have a stable prescription, are healthy and suitable for surgery. This will include a complete medical and eye history, and thorough examination of both eyes with a wavefront system.
1. Abbott Medical Optics: Myopia US IDE Study 110-IDMY. Additional Patient Reported Outcome Analyses. (N=170 patients)
*A phoropter is used for vision correction and measures errors in 0.25 diopter increments. Wavefront guided measurements are in 0.01 diopter increments, making it 25x more accurate. These precise corrections are applied to the right spots on the cornea according to correction needed.
*Some activities require glasses.
Indications and Important Safety Information
CAUTION: U.S. Federal Law restricts this device to sale, distribution, and use by or on the order of a physician or other licensed eye care practitioner.
INDICATIONS: Advanced CustomVue LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a customized wavefront-guided laser surgery procedure that uses the iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio System to measure visual imperfections of your eye and the STAR S4 IR Excimer Laser to permanently reshape the cornea. Advanced CustomVue LASIK treatment is used to correct, or reduce myopia (nearsightedness) with and without astigmatism for patients 18 years of age and older and whose vision has been stable for at least one year. Only eye care professionals trained in laser vision correction can determine whether you are a suitable candidate.
CONTRAINDICATIONS: You should not have LASIK if you have collagen vascular (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis), autoimmune (e.g., lupus), or immunodeficiency diseases (e.g., AIDS) because they affect the body's ability to heal. You should not have this procedure if you are pregnant or nursing; show signs of corneal abnormalities or corneal thinning; have symptoms of significant dry eyes; advanced glaucoma; and uncontrolled diabetes. If you have severely dry eyes, LASIK may increase the dryness, may delay healing after surgery, may or may not go away and it may result in poor vision after LASIK.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS: LASIK is not recommended if you have cataracts, corneal scars, or dry eye syndrome; glaucoma; diabetes; severe allergies; history of Herpes simplex or Herpes zoster keratitis; are taking Isotretinoin (Accutane®), Sumatriptan (Imitrex®), Amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone®) or antimetabolites for any medical conditions; history of crossed eyes; previous corneal, intraocular surgery, LASIK or refractive surgery; family history of degenerative corneal disease; and history of inflammation of the eye. Your doctor will examine your eyes to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. Talk to your doctor about any eye-related conditions, injuries, or surgeries you have had, any medications you are taking, and any changes to your vision in the past year. After surgery, you may find it more difficult to see in conditions such as dim light, rain, snow, fog, or glare from bright lights at night. Future measurements of your eye pressure or future cataract surgery can be affected by this procedure. Tell your future doctor you've had Advanced CustomVue LASIK surgery.
RISKS: As with any surgical procedure there are risks associated with Advanced CustomVue LASIK treatments. It is important to discuss these risks with your doctor before you make any decision to have the surgery. If the results of the surgery are not satisfactory, your doctor may want to perform additional laser treatment in either one or both eyes. Talk to your doctor about what is best for you. Some risks are related to the creation of the corneal flap. Corneal flap complications include but are not limited to: cutting an incomplete, irregular flap or free flap; misalignment of the flap; and perforation of the cornea. Corneal flap complications range in severity from those that simply require the treatment to be postponed for several months, to those which create corneal irregularities resulting in permanently blurred vision. You may need reading glasses even if you did not wear them before. Your vision may not be perfect, and you may need to wear glasses or contact lenses for some activities even after laser vision correction.
SIDE EFFECTS: Possible side effects include loss of vision and visual disturbances such as double vision, sensitivity to bright lights, increased difficulty with night vision, fluctuations in vision, and other visual irregularities that may be debilitating. Please consult with your eye care professional and carefully review the Patient Information Booklet regarding the potential risks and benefits of this procedure. Results may vary for each individual patient.
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