Boise, Idaho-Area wavefront LASIK
At Restore Vision Centers, we believe one LASIK system is not equal to another. We insist on using only the most technologically advanced and highest quality equipment available. We have focused our resources on keeping current with these technologies and making them available to you at our location in Boise, Idaho. For wavefront LASIK, iris registration, and other advanced laser vision correction systems, Restore Vision Centers is your ultimate destination.
- Iris Registration
- VISX Star S4 Excimer Laser with wavefront Technology
- WaveScan Diagnostics
- Orbtek Orbscan
- Hansatome Microkeratome
- Flap Aspiration
Iris registration, recently approved by the FDA, is the latest refractive surgery advancement exclusive to VISX, and is now available at our location in Boise, Idaho. Used in combination with wavefront LASIK treatment, the iris registration system utilizes technology similar to that found in security eye scanners. By making a detailed fingerprint-like map of the iris, the equipment is able to align treatment with unprecedented precision and accuracy.
A major problem with older laser alignment technology is that corneal measurements and markings are made while patients sit up, but treatment is performed while they lie down. Due to this shift from an upright to a reclining position, the eyes change shape slightly, altering the way the treatment is applied. Iris registration is able to detect and adjust for this change, correctly aligning the laser vision correction and maximizing the accuracy of vision correction outcomes.
Iris registration also allows the system to track any movements made by the eyes during the LASIK procedure, and re-align treatment as necessary. In addition to the up and down or side to side movements tracked by other technologies, iris registration is able to account for rotational shifts as well. If the eye moves outside the established parameters, treatment automatically pauses. With iris registration, the safety and accuracy of wavefront LASIK surgery is more advanced than ever before.
Not everyone is a good candidate for iris registration. For those who are, however, the technology will be implemented during treatment at no extra charge.
VISX Star S4 Excimer Laser with wavefront Technology
Among excimer lasers, the VISX Star S4 is the premium choice. An advanced instrument that provides exceptional safety, accuracy, and patient comfort, this laser is the result of years of research and development and represents the finest technology currently available. The VISX Star S4, in use at our Boise, Idaho location, incorporates wavefront LASIK technology and has wide treatment range, allowing it to be used for treatment of higher levels of refractive error than other systems. It also creates very smooth ablations, which contributes to better results and faster healing. Some of the other features that set the VISX Star S4 apart include:
Variable Spot Scanning (VSS)
Variable spot scanning is a technology that allows the LASIK surgeon to adjust the size of the laser beam from between .65mm and 6.5 mm and to adjust the shape of the beam as well. Capable of removing extremely precise amounts of corneal tissue, the VISX Star S4 allows us to further customize the laser vision correction treatment and reach a more optimal outcome than with other systems.
Variable Repetition Rate (VRR)
While most lasers pulse at a constant rate, the VISX Star S4 adjusts the laser pulse rate according to the amount of tissue being treated. Because small areas can be treated more rapidly, this technology shortens the overall procedure time. This reduces corneal dryness and other discomfort for the patient.
ActiveTrak 3-D Active Eye Tracking
Keeping one's eyes perfectly still is extremely difficult, especially when undergoing a procedure such as LASIK. Fortunately, patients no longer have to worry about affecting their laser vision correction if their eyes shift during treatment. With the ActiveTrak 3-D Active Eye Tracking technology, the VISX Star S4 is able to track up and down and side to side movements of the eye and accommodate for them during the procedure.
Historically, glasses, contacts, and even older refractive surgeries provided a "one size fits all" solution for vision problems, despite the fact that, like snowflakes, no two eyes are exactly alike in shape and form. The same lens prescription was written for multiple patients in a similar visual acuity range because ophthalmologists were not able to detect the individual eye characteristics and corneal imperfections that made each patient's treatment needs unique.
The WaveScan diagnostic system, used at our Boise, Idaho, office with wavefront LASIK, is able to detect those minute imperfections and measure the exact refractive error 25 times more precisely than previous methods allowed. This makes it possible to customize the laser treatment to each individual patient's eyes and provide the most accurate vision correction possible.
The WaveScan diagnostic system uses extremely precise tools that are capable of measuring and mapping the cornea down to the tiniest detail. Once the necessary information is collected, the system automatically processes it and converts it into a set of instructions, eliminating any chance for human error. These instructions are used by the excimer laser to perform laser vision correction that is precisely customized to each individual eye. With this level of accuracy and customization, laser vision correction is able to produce results more amazing than ever before.
In addition to WaveScan diagnostics, we also use the Orbtek Orbscan system to gather information about a patient's eyes. The Orbtek Orbscan plays an important role in the screening process by determining whether or not a patient is a suitable candidate for LASIK. This system is able to create detailed maps of the front and back surfaces of the cornea, as well as its interior. If any corneal abnormality exists that may compromise the patient's safety during LASIK, or reduce the effectiveness of a wavefront or other LASIK procedure, this technology will reveal it before the patient begins the laser vision correction process.
Any LASIK procedure requires the use of an instrument called a microkeratome to create a thin flap in the corneal tissue. At Restore Vision Centers, we use the Hansatome microkeratome, which is a fully automated system that creates wider, finer corneal flaps than other equipment. These flaps have fewer complications and faster healing times than flaps produced by other microkeratomes. The Hansatome microkeratome is widely regarded as the safest and most reliable flap-cutting device in the industry. At our Boise, Idaho, wavefront LASIK surgery center, we accept nothing less.
After laser treatment is completed, we aspirate, or clean, the surfaces of both the corneal flap and the cornea itself, before restoring the flap to its original position. Although this is an older practice, we feel it is an important step for helping to ensure patient safety. Many other clinics no longer perform flap aspiration because it adds a little extra time to the vision correction procedure. However, we feel that warding off complications and speeding up the healing process is worth a few extra minutes.
In Boise, Idaho, at Restore Vision Centers, wavefront LASIK is only one of the advanced technologies we implement in order to provide customized laser vision correction that produces optimal results.