NYC LASIK surgeon Sandra Belmont, MD, FACS, is committed to staying at the forefront of advancements in laser technology and surgical techniques. Belmont Eye Center is equipped with only the most advanced laser technologies available, so Dr. Belmont can provide patients with customized vision correction procedures and extremely precise visual outcomes.
To start LASIK surgery, Dr. Belmont creates a flap in the cornea, which allows her to access the underlying corneal tissue. After lifting back the corneal flap, the NYC laser eye surgeon gently reshapes the curvature of the cornea, thus correcting the refractive error causing the patient’s vision problem.
The traditional approach to creating the corneal flap involves the use of a microkeratome (a surgical blade). For patients who desire a bladeless, all-laser LASIK procedure, Dr. Belmont can employ a high-energy femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap, instead of the microkeratome.
There are advantages and disadvantages to each method. During your initial visit, Dr. Belmont will explain the LASIK treatment options to you and help you make an informed decision about which approach is most appropriate for you.
WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Excimer Laser
To reshape the curvature of the cornea during LASIK, Dr. Belmont uses an excimer laser. The Manhattan LASIK surgeon offers two choices in excimer lasers: the WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q laser and the VISX STAR S4 IR laser.
The WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q excimer laser is wavefront-optimized. This means that the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q laser follows a highly sophisticated standard treatment protocol rather than the customized treatment protocol used with the VISX STAR S4 IR excimer laser.
Although that might automatically lead you to believe that the VISX STAR S4 IR excimer laser is the obvious choice between the two options, there are pros and cons of each. For instance, the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q laser has a much faster speed and a smaller spot size, allowing it to provide a quicker treatment time as well as treat patients who have a very high degree of astigmatism.
VISX STAR S4 IR Excimer Laser
There are two main benefits of the VISX STAR S4 IR excimer laser.
First, it uses wavefront-guided imaging technology to create a unique map of each eye’s individual refractive errors. Using this distinct “fingerprint” of the eyes’ topography, the VISX STAR S4 IR laser can provide customized vision correction treatment.
Second, the VISX STAR S4 laser boasts iris registration (IR) technology. IR technology tracks the iris during surgery, so the laser platform can automatically adjust the treatment position, in response to any detected shifts in the position of the pupil that may occur in between the time the wavefront-guided map was created and the time of treatment.
Experience the Precision of Advanced Laser Technology
Choosing an ophthalmologist who uses only the most advanced laser technology is integral to achieving the vision correction outcomes you desire. That’s why we invite you to experience the precision of the state-of-the-art lasers at Belmont Eye Center.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Belmont or to learn more about LASIK or this exciting laser technology, contact Belmont Eye Center by calling (212) 486-2020.