At Total Eye Care Centers, we pride ourselves in offering our patients the widest scope of innovative techniques and treatments tailored to your specific ocular needs. If it is determined to be your best option, we now offer our patients a Custom LASIK treatment that is 100% blade-free! If a patient opts for the bladeless LASIK procedure vs. our standard LASIK procedure (microkeratome) they will also receive free enhancements for life, our “lifetime guarantee.”
Blade vs. Bladeless LASIK: During all LASIK procedures, the first step is to create a thin flap of the cornea with either a microkeratome (blade) or femtosecond laser (blade-less). The Ziemer Femtosecond Laser is the world’s most advanced laser system for creating the corneal flap. Using this technique, ultra-fast laser pulses of light are used to create a specific flap for your unique corneal shape.
For years patients have been told they were not a candidate for LASIK due to the shape or thickness of their corneas. Excessively steep, flat, or thin corneas have long been factors that have prohibited candidates from enjoying the freedom of life without glasses. With the Ziemer Femtosecond Laser, many of these patients can now safely enjoy the benefits of LASIK!
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Is Bladeless LASIK Right for You?
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to read about some of the differences between bladeless and standard LASIK at Total Eye Care. Only after careful examination including ultrasound measurements and corneal topography, can one of our doctors decide if the Ziemer Femtosecond Laser is best for you. Dr. Stein is certified in this technology and technique and is able to use the laser to quickly and painlessly create your customized corneal flap. Your flap is specific to your eye’s shape and thickness. As a result of Ziemer’s innovative design, patients experience less discomfort, faster recovery times, and better visual outcomes.
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All of Our Patients Receive a Customized LASIK Treatment
For more than 20 years, patients around the world have been enjoying the freedom of life without the dependence on glasses or contacts, thanks to Laser Vision Correction. Over the past few years, great strides have been made in making LASIK even more precise than once imagined. With the use of custom-guided, wave-front technology, Dr. Stein and the team at Total Eye Care & Cosmetic Laser Centers have been able to improve patient’s vision often beyond the traditional ‘perfect 20/20.’
To simply say vision correction is nearsighted, farsighted, and astigmatism is like saying music is simply bass, treble, and volume. There are nuances within the visual system that the best-measured glasses or contacts cannot correct. Specific to each individual, these ‘higher order aberrations’ are corneal irregularities that affect the sharpness of vision, especially during nighttime driving.
Using state-of-the-art technology called the Wavelight® ALLEGRETTO WAVE® Laser platform, Dr. Stein is able to create a completely-customized treatment, taking into account your unique visual needs ensuring you receive the best results. This customized treatment can decrease aberrations such as glare and halos especially noted during nighttime driving.
‘Sometimes patients can complain about vision quality problems such as not being able to see in dim or low light. This is referred to as poor contrast sensitivity,’ according to Roger Steinert M.D. Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Harvard Medical School. In further agreement, according to a U.S. Navy study in 2004, patients with custom LASIK achieved better nighttime vision than those who were treated with traditional LASIK. We can now measure and correct many higher order aberrations that can affect contrast sensitivity. Many of our custom LASIK patients express improved nighttime vision after the procedure.
Although the opportunity for high definition vision may seem like the best option for every refractive surgery patient, traditional LASIK will always remain a treatment option. Not every patient is a candidate for Custom Laser Vision Correction. The health, shape, and thickness of your cornea are all factors that our doctors may discuss with you that could influence whether Custom LASIK is your best treatment option. We encourage you to schedule a Free LASIK consult today with a member of our LASIK team to discuss your best plan to maximize your personal visual outcome.