iLASIK is the most precise means of treating hyperopia, myopia, and astigmatism. To be called iLASIK, this surgery must be blade-free and use three specific tools: The STAR S4 IR™ Excimer Laser, WaveScan WaveFront™ technology, and the IntraLase™ FS Laser. Dr. William E. Holcomb performs iLASIK and PRK surgery exclusively at his Cullman surgical center. For improved vision using the only LASIK system approved for Navy aviators and NASA astronauts, schedule a free screening with us today.
What is iLASIK?
Unlike traditional LASIK surgery, which uses both lasers and blades, iLASIK is completely blade-free. This treatment is almost always the preferred style of LASIK, because it safer, more accurate, and capable of correcting higher-order aberrations (glare, halos, and compromised night vision).
To be considered true iLASIK surgery, treatment must involve the following:
- The STAR S4 IR™ Excimer Laser, which reshapes the cornea
- WaveScan WaveFront™ technology that creates a map of the eye, identifies abnormalities, and guides the planning for surgery
- The IntraLase™ FS Laser, which creates a flap in the cornea, exposing the inner layer (stroma) so it can be reshaped
Any LASIK procedure not utilizing these three types of technology is not true iLASIK.
About the Procedure
iLASIK ultimately adjusts the way light entering the eye will focus upon the retina at the back of the eye. This is achieved by reshaping the cornea. Each step of surgery is efficient and highly detailed to minimize risk, maximize accuracy, and ensure that you experience the very best results of this life-changing surgery.
- Pre-surgical Data Gathering – We will scan your eye to determine its unique curvature. This curvature is responsible for your nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and higher order aberrations.
- Digital Measurement Conversion – The dimensions of your eye will be converted in order to guide the laser in reshaping the cornea.
- Eye Alignment – The iLASIK system includes a tool called Iris Registration (IR), which detects your iris, and follows it, realigning constantly to ensure each laser incision is precise. You do not need to worry that any eye movement that occurs during surgery will have a negative effect.
- Creating the Corneal Flap – To begin your treatment, Dr. Holcomb must create a corneal flap. With the digital plan in place, he will use the computer-driven IntraLase™ FS Flap Laser to create a hinged flap on the surface of your cornea, providing access to the stroma.
- Reshaping the Cornea – With the use of the VISX laser, Dr. Holcomb will reshape your cornea. This technologically advanced system ensures the laser remains aligned with your eye through treatment.
- Replacing the Flap – Once Dr. Holcomb successfully reshapes your cornea, he will replace the corneal flap so it rests in its original location. After a brief recovery, your permanently reshaped cornea will provide you with improved vision.
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Have you been looking for a way to achieve corrected vision without relying on glasses or contacts? If so, contact us today to learn more about iLASIK and how it can improve your vision.