LASIK Technological Improvements
The first step of any LASIK procedure is to create a flap in the cornea; the actual laser treatment (correcting your eyeglass prescription) is done beneath this flap in order to reduce healing time. In traditional LASIK, this flap was created with a hand held metal blade called a microkeratome. While rare, there have been some complications associated with the use of microkeratomes.
With the advancement in technology, most surgeons create the corneal flap using a laser, rather than a blade. This revolutionary technology is called the femtosecond laser. The newest femtosecond laser technology is produced by Ziemer and is called zLASIK, which is offered by Newport Beach, Orange County doctor Gregg Feinerman. He is pleased to provide blade-free LASIK to qualified Newport Beach LASIK candidates.
Blade Free LASIK in Los Angeles, Orange County and Newport Beach
The Ziemer Femtosecond Laser can possibly allow patients who were denied LASIK, due to cornea thinness and other conditions, to qualify as a surgical candidate. Since the femtosecond laser can create a flap that is half the thickness of a flap created by a blade, it is now possible to perform LASIK safely on patients with thinner corneas than before.
Ziemer All Laser LASIK in Los Angeles and Orange County
Over the past several years the LASIK eye surgery industry has seen some incredible technological advancements, resulting in better overall vision and better visual clarity. Not only have patients been able to experience high definition vision but the level of safety has also improved. One of the major LASIK technology breakthroughs in safety was the Femtosecond Laser, a blade-free approach to laser vision correction. The first company to market this product was IntraLase Corp. Until 2007, IntraLase was the only company to offer blade-free technology for making LASIK flaps (All Laser LASIK).
Ziemer Ophthalmic Systems received FDA clearance in 2007 for its Ziemer Femtosecond Laser, an improved method of All Laser LASIK. This technological advancement is very significant for safety and better overall vision, as the Ziemer Femtosecond Laser has several physical advantages over the older IntraLase system. The Ziemer uses laser technology to generate short, microscopic, low-energy infrared laser pulses to perform All Laser LASIK. The Ziemer femtosecond laser uses more precisely focused laser pulses at thousands of times less energy per pulse than IntraLase, which makes it even safer. This is a point of drastic differentiation between the Ziemer femtosecond laser and IntraLase.
Feinerman Vision Center was the first LASIK vision correction facility in California to offer this amazing new technology. We have their most advanced machine, which is Ziemer’s latest technology, called the Ziemer Z8 femtosecond laser. Please contact us directly to determine if you are a candidate.
Ziemer LASIK (Z-LASIK)
The Ziemer femtosecond laser is completely controlled and guided by our board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Feinerman. It is completely bladeless. Z-LASIK is unique because it uses extremely small and rapid laser pulses to create the corneal flap (essential to the LASIK procedure). The lower energy released with each pulse using Ziemer technology is the main factor in improved overall safety. This gives our patients faster healing time and faster visual recovery than any other technology in the world.
Orange County-based LASIK expert Dr. Gregg Feinerman has performed thousands of LASIK procedures since 1998. He believes this advancement in femtosecond laser technology has significant advantages over the older IntraLase technology. Dr. Feinerman always strives to provide the best patient care and highest level of safety for his Orange County area LASIK patients. Furthermore, he believes the more accurate Ziemer femtosecond laser enables more people to safely undergo LASIK eye surgery.
Is Z-LASIK Safer Than Intralase?
Z-LASIK actually allows a more precise creation of the LASIK flap and a more evenly shaped corneal flap. This more evenly shaped corneal flap actually enables a more uniform surface for the excimer laser treatment that follows the flap creation. The pulse energies are much lower (nanojoules) than that of Intralase (milijoules), which provides safer delivery of the energy. Additionally, the Ziemer’s delivery optics are very tightly focused for more precision. Therefore, experts like Dr. Feinerman believe that Z-LASIK is safer and better than IntraLase.
Dr. Feinerman was the first surgeon in California to perform ALL LASER LASIK with the Ziemer laser. He made the decision to invest in this new technology due to these safety factors. Feinerman Vision Center offers what we believe is the safest LASIK experience with exceptional results.
How Blade-Free LASIK Works
To make a corneal flap using the Ziemer femtosecond laser, Newport Beach doctor Gregg Feinerman focuses the laser on a precise point inside the cornea (usually 110 um depth). Then, with each laser pulse, microscopic bubbles are created within the cornea. These bubbles can be accurately positioned together to separate the corneal tissue and create a flap, which is then folded back by Dr. Feinerman in preparation for corneal reshaping.
Benefits of Ziemer Blade-Free LASIK
Although traditional LASIK has proven to be popular, safe, and effective, blade-free LASIK offers Newport Beach and other Orange County residents a new and improved choice in laser vision correction. The main benefit of blade-free LASIK is that Dr. Feinerman is able to achieve much more accuracy during flap creation than when using standard microkeratome technology.
At the Orange County office of Feinerman Vision Center, Dr. Gregg Feinerman takes advantage of the unique opportunities provided by the Ziemer femtosecond laser to create blade-free LASIK corneal flaps that are far less susceptible to complications.
For more information on the exciting possibilities of blade-free LASIK, contact the Newport Beach office of Feinerman Vision Center today!