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LASIK & iLASIK – Austin Eye

Your iLASIK experience at Austin Eye

near-sightedWe offer a complimentary consultation during which time you can meet with your surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate for the iLASIK. We believe that continuity of care is very important. At Austin Eye, you will see your surgeon from your initial consultation as well as during all follow-up visits.

During your consultation you can ask your doctor all questions you may have about iLASIK. You will also be provided your surgeon’s email and cell phone number should you have additional questions after your visit.

In order to determine if you are a suitable candidate for iLASIK we conduct thorough evaluation of your eyes including corneal mapping, corneal thickness and a detailed assessment of your eye health in general.

The surgeons at Austin Eye are the first and most experienced at performing all-laser-lasik (aka iLASIK) in Austin. We offer custom iLasik, which is a custom-tailored treatment for your particular eyes.

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The iLASIK procedure is usually completed in 10-15 minutes for both eyes.

Though virtually everyone contemplating elective eye surgery has concerns and apprehension, the procedure is extremely safe in patients that we identify as good candidates.

The cost of iLasik is about $2,500 per eye. We are currently offering an iLasik promomotion which will reduce your cost to $2400/eye. We accept all major credit cards and offer a convenient monthly payment program – Care Credit – that offers a 24 month no-interest payment plan.

ilsfactsAll LASIK procedures at Austin Eye are performed with the all-laser blade-free iLASIK technology. iLASIK uses one laser to create the corneal flap followed by use of a second laser (excimer laser) to reshape the cornea. iLASIK is an all-laser procedure which has proven to be the safest and most accurate form of LASIK surgery. Patients who have “fears” about LASIK should take comfort in the increased safety and accuracy of the “iLASIK” procedure using the IntraLASE laser.

CONVENTIONAL iLASIK

Uses the prescription obtained through the standard measurement device in the ophthalmologist’s office (known as the phoropter) to guide the excimer laser ablation. Conventional iLASIK corrects what are known as “lower order aberrations” which account for approximately 90% of the visual imperfections. An IntraLASE laser flap is created followed by an excimer laser ablation that corrects approximately 90% of the eye’s visual aberrations.

CUSTOM iLASIK

Uses a special computer known as an aberrometer or wavefront measurement device to obtain a more detailed and complete analysis of each LASIK Austin patient’s eye’s visual distortions. The wavefront measurement device measures hundreds of subtle imperfections known as “lower and higher-order aberrations” to create a “wavefront map.” The wavefront map measures 100% of the optical aberrations and is like a unique visual fingerprint that quatifies each eye’s unique focusing problems. This more detailed wavefront map is then used to guide the excimer laser ablation to reshape the cornea to it’s best focus. So in custom iLASIK, a custom measurement is obtained, followed-by an IntraLASE laser created flap, followed by a wavefront-guided excimer laser ablation. Custom iLASIK has proven to provide better quality of vision, especially at night than conventional LASIK or conventional iLASIK.

Our results using the IntraLASE laser for iLASIK have shown:actlong_anim

  1. Complications associated with making the flap are virtually eliminated thus enhancing patient safety.
  2. Final visual acuities in eyes treated with intralase are more accurate than any LASIK (blade-flap) procedure.
  3. Fewer visual aberrations (halo, glare, starburst) are created in iLASIK. Therefore quality of vision in iLASIK should be clearer than with standard LASIK
  4. Patients with thin corneas not suitable for standard LASIK can be treated safely with iLASIK due to the ability to create an accurate thin flap via computer controlled delivery of the laser
  5. Flap wrinkles or striae which occur in standard LASIK are rare to non-existent in iLASIK flaps
  6. Patients are more comfortable in deciding to have iLASIK because of the enhanced safety and accuracy of the all-laser procedure.
  7. The optimal combination of technologies for laser vision correction is intralase (laser flaps) with wavefront-guided (custom) excimer laser ablations – Custom iLASIK.

All-laser LASIK FAQ and Custom iLASIK information.

For more information about  Custom iLASIK click onto the link: www.abbottmedicaloptics.com/products/refractive

iLASIK LASIK
Method by which corneal flap is created Computer-guided femtosecond infrared laser pulses delivered precisely within the cornea Mechanical instrument (microkeratome) that utilizes a metal blade
Ability to accurately control flap thickness, diameter, and architecture Yes.  Using computer software we can obtain precise flap dimensions for each eye regardless of the patient’s eye dimensions Variable depending on the surgeon’s technique, surgical blade quality, and the patient’s eye dimensions
Higher-order visual aberrations (Eg glare or haloes) induced when the flap is created Minimal Moderate
Risks of flap complications such as corneal abrasions, incomplete or buttonhole flaps None Rare: 1–2%. But can significantly affect vision if present.
Risks of Flap Striae/Wrinkles Minimal to None 1–2%
Overall Patient Safety The safest method available in the US to create the corneal flap Overall excellent with limited risks in 3–5% of eyes treated
Overall accuracy of the procedure Outstanding. iLASIK results are more accurate than the results of Standard LASIK Very Good
Retreatment/Enhancement Rate 2–5% 5–15%

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