Good vision is one of the keys to enjoying life. Reducing or eliminating the need for vision correction through glasses or contacts is an exciting prospect for many people. When that leads you to consider LASIK® as a solution, only the most experienced eye care professionals and latest technology will do. The Campbell Cunningham Laser Center is part of a more than 70-year tradition of top-quality eye care for our East Tennessee patients, and we proudly use the WaveLight® Refractive Suite by Alcon to offer safe, efficient treatment with consistently excellent outcomes for our LASIK patients.
What is LASIK?
LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis. This surgical procedure uses a cool beam of ultraviolet light to gently reshape the cornea and improve your vision. LASIK utilizes an excimer laser, which is designed to gently reshape the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The WaveLight Refractive Suite is among the most advanced LASIK technology on the market to date.
What is the WaveLight Refractive Suite?
The WaveLight Refractive Suite offers a technological advancement for our doctors to better customize your LASIK procedure more exactly to your individual eye characteristics. WaveLight is among the safest, precise, and most predictable LASIK procedure yet. It’s 100% blade-free, using only lasers instead of a mechanical blade.
What is included in the WaveLight Refractive Suite?
Alcon’s WaveLight Refractive Suite consists of leading-edge technology with the following:
- WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser
- WaveLight FS200 Femtosecond Laser
- WaveLight Topolyzer® VARIO Diagnostic Device
What is the WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser?
The EX500 Excimer Laser is the fastest refractive surgery platform available in the country. With this advanced laser system, your surgeon can customize your LASIK procedure with incredible precision. EX500’s innovative engineering helps reduce the potential for undesirable effects, such as stromal dehydration of the cornea, flap shrinkage, sensitivity to eye movements, and fixation fatigue. The EX500 is the only laser to utilize Wavefront Optimized® ablation profiles designed to help maintain the natural shape of the cornea. Built with trusted WaveLight technology, the EX500 Excimer Laser is the next leap forward in fast, accurate refractive laser treatments.
What is the WaveLight FS200 Femtosecond Laser?
The WaveLight FS200 Femtosecond Laser offers a tailored, bladeless treatment to create custom flaps in the cornea. The FS200 provides consistent, stable energy delivery for highly precise performance and more predictable visual outcomes. Since every eye is unique, the FS200 offers multiple personalized treatment options to fit each patient’s needs, including individualized flaps, corneal incisions, keratoplasties, and corneal pockets. The FS200 pairs seamlessly with the rest of the WaveLight Refractive Suite to provide computer-controlled precision at every turn.
What is the WaveLight Topolyzer VARIO Diagnostic Device?
The Topolyzer VARIO provides advanced diagnostics so your surgeon can personalize your procedure with more precise measurements. This revolutionary device integrates non-contact topography, keratometry, and pupillometry in a single device to produce a series of consistent and reproducible maps of the eye’s surface. Utilizing CONTOURA® Vision Mapping, the Topolyzer VARIO provides a diagram of any irregularities of anterior corneal astigmatism with advanced, integrated mapping technology. In fact, approximately 22,000 data points are captured on the surface of the cornea for ultimate precision and better refractive outcomes.
What kind of results can I expect from the WaveLight Refractive Suite?
In a conducted survey, 98% of patients said they would choose a refractive procedure with WaveLight Refractive Suite again. This innovative technology outperformed glasses and contacts in over 30% of eyes in a study and improved many common symptoms associated with previous LASIK technology. WaveLight offers exceptional visual acuity in many cases, with 89% of patients achieving 20/15 and100% achieving 20/20.
What’s my next step to LASIK surgery in Knoxville with the WaveLight Refractive Suite?
Your first step to better vision is to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK by scheduling a consultation with a Patient Coordinator at the Campbell Cunningham Laser Center. This knowledgeable professional will go over all details of the procedure and help you determine if it’s right for you. If you are a good candidate for LASIK, we will schedule a preoperative exam to help determine the best treatment plan for you. Then, we’ll schedule your LASIK procedure! Call us today at (865) 588-3937 to get started.
Although the FDA recognizes LASIK® as proven, safe and effective, it is a surgical procedure. Only an eye care professional trained in laser vision correction can determine whether you are a suitable candidate. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and benefits associated with the treatment. On the day of your preoperative exam, your surgeon will address these and take the time to answer any questions you may have.