There have been more than 3.4 million refractive surgery procedures performed globally in 2014. That is more than the entire population of my home city, Chicago, Illinois! We now offer LASIK that starts with the iDesign Advanced Wavescan Studio System. This is the brain of the procedures which maps and measures your eyes. Our new iDesign system is 25 times more precise than the methods that we typically use to measure you for glasses or contact lenses! In fact the phoropter, which is the instrument that you sit behind, when we determine your contact lens or eye glass prescription measures the power of your eye in 0.25 (quarter) diopter steps. Thus when we say which is better, one or two, we are measuring at a minimum just a quarter diopter change in power although often we go in half diopter steps. With our new system we measure you in 0.01 diopter steps for amazingly increased precision. Our new system uses the same technology that NASA uses to calibrate the lenses of its new space telescopes. The iDesign System has 5 times better resolution than the older system that we previously used. In fact, our older system which was excellent measured 240 spots in the eye where our new system now measures 1,257 spots!!!
You can achieve 20/20 vision and the LASIK procedure takes about 10 minutes per eye. We use two different Lasers that work together in LASIK:
First is the femtosecond laser that creates a corneal flap. The femtosecond laser produces a pulse that lasts about 700 femtoseconds. A femtosecond is one trillionth of a second. The femtosecond is one trillion times faster than the time it takes for a housefly to flap its wings once!! The femtosecond laser portion of the LASIK procedure can take less than 10 seconds per eye.
Second is the excimer laser which performs the actual vision correction. The excimer laser is so precise that each correction is about 0.25 microns of depth. One micron is one thousand times smaller than a grain of sand. The excimer laser takes about one to two minutes per eye to complete the vision correction.
As you can see, the LASIK procedure is a miraculous high technology procedure that we love to offer to our patients!
Dr. Aizuss has performed LASIK on members of his family, friends, his own physician, own anesthesiologist and many, many happy patients. Call us to arrange your own LASIK evaluation or ask about LASIK laser vision correction at your next examination with Dr. Aizuss.