Your best guarantee of achieving the best vision possible is by choosing a skilled surgeon who is using the most advanced technology available and the one best suited for your particular prescription. Dr. George Simon is among the Bay Area’s most experienced LASIK surgeons, and has always chosen to offer only the best technology for his patients. Each center, Concord and Foster City, provides Dr. Simon with a choice of laser platforms so he never has to compromise on your vision correction.
Each generation of newer LASIK technology solves issues that earlier technology could not address. The lasers used today at Simon Vision Institute achieve significantly better results, with greater patient comfort, than earlier systems.
The Intralase FS Laser, combined with either the VISX Star S4 or Allegretto WAVELIGHT EYE-Q excimer lasers (depending on your treatment needs), produce the best results our clinic has ever achieved, with 100% of patients able to drive without glasses!
Intralase FS femtosecond: the most advanced blade-free technology
The first step in the LASIK process, the flap-creation, used to be performed using a vibrating hand-held blade called a microkeratome. With the advent of the blade-free Intralase system the hand-held blade was eliminated, resulting in more accuracy and greater patient comfort.
The latest generation Intralase FS laser is the most current advancement in blade-free technology, bringing even greater accuracy and precision to this phase of the procedure. A ‘femtosecond’ is one billionth of one millionth of a second. That means the Intralase operates at inconceivable speed to create a series of microscopic bubbles in the outer corneal tissue. These bubbles form the flap without the need for cutting the tissue with a blade. The advantages in this technique are better safety, greater patient comfort and faster visual recovery.
The most advanced LASIK laser, the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q
Earlier excimer lasers achieved startling results, but night vision issues occasionally accompanied them, and their technical limitations meant that some patients could not be considered good candidates, which prevented many would-be LASIK patients from enjoying the benefits of clear, natural lens free vision.
The Allegretto Wave Eye–Q is the most advanced excimer laser available. It means the unique characteristics that create your myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism are resolved rapidly and with the highest accuracy possible.
What makes this laser so unique?
- It is the fastest excimer system available today, which means more accurate results and less stress for the patient.
- It uses a finely focused ‘flying spot’ beam link
VISX Star S4 with Wavefront™ LASIK Technology is the Gold Standard for Lasik treatment
Wavefront™ LASIK performed with the Visx S4 laser enables Dr. Simon to make extremely precise, individualized vision-corrections that would be impossible with traditional LASIK surgery, contact lenses or eyeglasses.
Wavefront™ LASIK, also known as wavefront-guided LASIK creates three-dimensional maps of imperfections in the optical system used to guide the laser in reshaping the cornea.
Wavefront™ technology was originally pioneered in the field of astronomy and physics for reducing imperfections in the telescopes lenses. In Wavefront™ technology, a computerized wavefront-measuring instrument passes flat waves of light through the eye. As they travel, the imperfections in the eye distort the flat light waves. The wavefront device then creates a map that represents the distortions of the eye.
Wavefront technology in this application does help enhance the safety and accuracy of LASIK to a startling degree. Wavefront™ technology, unlike traditional LASIK, treats both lower-order aberrations, distortions such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism, and higher-order aberrations, imperfections that can cause night vision, glare, shadows and halos. Higher-order aberrations do not always affect vision. However, even if 20/20 vision is achieved, visual quality may be lessened unless these added distortions are addressed.