As part of our commitment to the best possible outcomes and care, we provide our surgeons with the most effective, modern, and technologically advanced instruments and treatment-planning software available. All come from widely respected diagnostic and surgical instrument manufacturers. In fact, other laser eye surgeons, and even hospitals, often ask Restore Vision Centers to evaluate their patients with our equipment.
Because we value our commitment to our patients, all of our precision instruments and computer programs are selected based on their outstanding performance, manufacturing quality, track record, and safety features.
VISX Star 4 Excimer Laser with Wavefront Technology
Our VISX Star 4 laser, with state-of-the-art, 3D eye tracking, wavefront diagnostics, precision optics, and sophisticated variable beam delivery system, provides excellent predictability and has the most approvals by the FDA. This laser also has the widest treatment range available in the United States. With the latest hardware and software upgrades, our VISX Star 4 laser features design improvements intended to shorten the treatment time and expand the laser's capabilities and accuracy to unprecedented levels.
The VISX Star 4 has other features that benefit the patient, including:
- The best outcomes in both short and long-term FDA wavefront studies.
- A patented seven-beam array that covers a larger area of the cornea.
- The laser eye surgeon can fine-tune the treatment by changing optical zones and pulse frequency and other system parameters, as needed. This affords the widest range of demonstrated clinical applications of any excimer laser system.
- With precision eye tracking, concerns about pulses being delivered outside of the intended area, or about improperly centered treatments, have been greatly minimized.
- The VISX Star 4 removes the least amount of corneal tissue of any laser available and has the quickest treatment time, which improves the consistency of outcomes.
- Our laser, which leaves the smoothest finish of any laser available, has been clinically proven to provide the fastest and fullest visual recovery.
- The VISX Star 4 laser offers an expanded treatment zone with the ability to taper from treated to untreated areas of the cornea. This has been shown to decrease the chance of night vision concerns or halos.
To use the VISX Star 4 laser, the laser eye surgeon must become VISX certified, which requires a thorough training process. More people in the United States have been treated with the "gold standard" VISX laser than all other lasers put together. VISX is the most trusted laser vision correction technology, chosen by more Ophthalmic Surgeons in the U.S. than all other lasers combined! The bottom line: because the VISX Star 4 is so successful, it's the only laser we use.
Wavefront technology was originally developed to help reduce the distortion one might see when viewing objects positioned in outer space, but today it is revolutionizing the refractive surgery industry. Wavefront allows for a complete, personalized measurement of the entire visual system, including the eye's shape, lens shape, cornea shape, depth of the eye, and the most accurate identification possible of anatomic anomalies that could cause vision conditions such as impaired night vision or presence of halos. After each eye is evaluated, the computer designs a personalized surgical plan for the patient, and the laser eye surgeon loads that plan directly into the computer of the VISX laser used for surgery. Thanks to wavefront, this highly accurate, FDA-approved laser can correct all or most vision problems identified in the plan at once, whereas traditional LASIK laser eye surgery is a bit more limited in the number of refractive errors it can simultaneously correct.
Restore Visions Centers was among the first centers in the Pacific Northwest to invest in wavefront technology. Because of this, and because we perform more surgeries than any other Northwest center, we have the most wavefront experience in the region.
To find out if you are a good candidate for wavefront LASIK, please contact one of our eye care professionals and schedule an evaluation. If you live in Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; Spokane, Washington; Billings, Montana, Alaska or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest and are interested in learning more about wavefront LASIK laser eye surgery, contact us today.
Exclusive to the VISX laser, iris registration (IR) provides the most precise laser alignment accuracy to date, resulting in safer and more accurate surgical procedures, and even better outcomes.
Used only in combination with wavefront treatment, IR is a fully automated, no-touch technology that allows us to create a “fingerprint” of your iris with microscopic detail and precision. As part of your pre-surgical examination, we use Wavescan diagnostics to look at the tissues (cornea, lens, and retina) that impact the way light moves through your eye. During your surgery, IR creates a very detailed image of your iris, making it possible to align our laser perfectly to your eye during surgery. Since no two irises are the same, IR also ensures that the correct prescription is matched to the correct patient. No other technology offers this assurance.
IR is an option for wavefront patients only. Although most wavefront patients qualify for IR, some do not. If you do qualify, you will be provided IR at no additional cost.
Restore Vision Centers performs a thorough pre-operative examination, including a comprehensive Orbscan topographic and pachymetric evaluation. Ophthalmic surgeons around the world recognize the Orbscan as an indispensable diagnostic instrument and as being integral to having the information necessary for optimal outcomes.
The Orbscan's computer can actually read and interpret the contours of your corneas on both the front and rear surfaces, and it produces an incredibly detailed topographical map of your eyes. This full-color map tells our surgeons what they need to know about your eyes' precise characteristics, such as their elevations, inclinations, and curvatures. In addition, it details how thick your corneas are, and can determine if certain conditions are present that might compromise your outcome.
Part of the LASIK procedure requires creating a "flap" on the cornea. Many instruments have been developed to perform this function, but none are as trusted or utilized as the Hansatome. This machine is the choice of nearly all premier refractive surgery centers. As with all of our refractive technology, we maintain maintenance contracts with the manufacturers.
Flap Aspiration and Astigmatism Marking
These do not truly belong in the "Technology" section, but they do deserve recognition as a testament to the commitment we have for our patients' visual outcomes.
After the correction procedure and before the flap is repositioned, we aspirate (clean) the surfaces that will be brought back into contact with one another. This extra step requires more time and has been abandoned by many other larger centers. We still do it, and we do it for a reason. During the procedure, there can be some deposits of eyelid oil or debris to these surfaces. By removing it, the flap is cleaner and recovery is faster and more complete.
If indicated, our laser eye surgeons mark and then align the patient's astigmatism with the actual laser treatment. Many laser centers no longer do this. This is important since studies have shown that delivering the treatment with as little as five degrees of rotational misalignment can result in significant residual astigmatism. We don't settle for that. At RVC, all we do is laser eye surgery, so we are dependant on our reputation for excellence.
Restore Vision Centers maintains relationships with more than 400 optometric physicians. Eye care professionals recognize our steadfast and single-minded focus on providing unparalleled quality in refractive surgery, as well as our ongoing commitment to each patient’s well-being after the procedure.
For more information about our technology, please contact one of our offices today by calling us toll-free at 1-877-508-2020 or by clicking here.
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