Laser Vision Correction (LASIK)
The Scott & White Eye Institute now offers state-of-the-art wavefront-optimized LASIK technology. Using the ALLEGRETTO WAVE® Eye-Q system, this technology performs a LASIK procedure tailored to the needs of each individual.
What is new about this laser?
The ALLEGRETTO WAVE® Eye-Q customizes every treatment to the patient’s individual prescription and cornea while aiming to improve what nature originally designed. Wavefront Optimized™ treatment considers the unique curvature and biomechanics of the eye, preserving quality of vision and addressing the spherical distortions than can induce glare and night vision reduction. It is also the fastest excimer laser on the market today, and many people can have their vision corrected in as little as eight seconds.
As part of the technology, our newest laser features PerfectPulse Technology™, which ensures safe and precise work at high speed. Each ultra-thin laser pulse is used to sculpt the corneal surface of the eye with the utmost accuracy. The high-speed eye-tracker follows the eye’s fastest movements, checking the eye’s positions 400 times per second while ensuring an accurate placement of each laser pulse on the cornea. In addition, an integrated crossline projector provides the surgeon with an exact alignment of the eye’s position.
What does wavefront optimized mean?
One of the most innovative features of the ALLEGRETTO WAVE® Eye-Q is the way it uses wavefront-optimized technology to automatically compensate for the curvature of the cornea. In earlier laser correction systems, the “optical zone,” or area of correction, was centered on the front of the cornea; the result was a flattened circular area that ended with an abrupt edge, causing unwanted side effects like poor night vision, glare, and halos.
The new laser at the Scott & White Eye Institute offers something different. The wavelight laser sends extra pulses to the peripheral corneal area in order to compensate for the angle of the laser beam. In this manner, the aspherical shape of the cornea is preserved to a degree that older lasers simply could not achieve. This compensation, combined with the incredibly small, 1mm size of the laser, produces a smooth, effective optical zone that results in what can only be described as seeing like never before.
Imagine a glass ball. If you took a flashlight and aimed it directly at the top of the ball, the light would form a circular shape on the surface of the ball. If you now aimed the flashlight towards the side of the ball, the light would form an elliptical shape and not seem as bright anymore. This is because the same amount of light is suddenly distributed over a larger area, and some of the light is reflected away due to the angled surface of the glass ball.
About Our Surgeon
Dr. Calvin Eshbaugh is the Director of the Division of Refractive Surgery at the Scott & White Eye Institute, the only fellowship-trained refractive surgeon in Central Texas. He has performed over one thousand procedures, and has had LASIK surgery himself.
What is the cost of LASIK eye surgery?
The cost can vary depending on the center you visit. For more information on the cost of the newest LASIK technology at the Scott & White Eye Institute, please call 866-724-VIEW (8439). We do not have any hidden costs, so one fee truly covers everything!
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- International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Academy of Ophthalmology