What Is iDesign Technology?
LASIK is a procedure that is absolutely dependent on cutting edge technology. LASIK surgery has come a very long way since its inception. Researchers and engineers have been hard at work perfecting the machines that assist surgeons during LASIK surgery. Today, LASIK is safer, quicker, and more effective than ever. What do we have to thank? Technologies like the iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio System.
Here at Vermont Eye Laser, we are dedicated to staying up-to-date on the current technology so we can always provide our patients with the best surgical outcomes possible. Custom LASIK surgery is quickly becoming the standard in the world of laser vision correction surgery. That’s why we use the STAR S4 IR Excimer Laser System and iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio System – basically the dream team of Custom LASIK.
What Makes LASIK Surgery “Custom”?
In the past, LASIK surgeons relied on eyeglass prescription information to determine which areas of the cornea needed reshaping. However, your prescription doesn’t tell the whole story. In order to achieve a truly custom LASIK procedure, your surgeon needs a detailed map of the surface of the cornea, as well as information on how well your cornea and lens refract light.
Customizing your LASIK surgery means tailoring the surgery to suit your specific vision needs – not just leaving it up to an educated guess. At the very pinnacle of modern custom LASIK technology is the iDesign system.
What Is the iDesign System?
The iDesign system utilizes wavefront aberrometry to create an entirely custom map of your cornea. The iDesign system scans your cornea to provide information on both your “lower order aberrations” (which make up 90% of your visual imperfections such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism) and your “higher order aberrations” (the last 10% of you visual imperfections that cause problems such as halos, glare and poor night vision). This means that your surgeon has the full spectrum of your visual imperfections, not just the lower order aberrations that your prescription provides.
This system and method of laser eye surgery is also known as wavefront-guided LASIK. There are many different machines that allow for wavefront-guided LASIK, but iDesign is among the best. This is because the iDesign system collects over 1,200 data points, which is significantly more than some other wavefront systems. This makes iDesign 25 times more accurate than normal measurements for standard prescriptions.
After your surgeon uses iDesign technology to create this detailed map, the information integrates seamlessly into the STAR S4 IR Excimer Laser System – which is the laser that does the corneal reshaping. Because the excimer laser has been programmed with your corneal information in mind, it knows exactly where and how to adjust the shape of the cornea for the best visual outcome.
Your eyes are completely unique to you. Tiny little imperfections in your cornea create your own distinct visual problems, and all of those abnormalities are impossible to detect without this special equipment. A more accurate system means less risk involved, less recovery time after the surgery, and more time seeing life the way it’s meant to be seen.
If you’d like to know more about how our iDesign system can help you reclaim your vision, don’t wait. Schedule your LASIK consultation with Vermont Eye Laser today!