Custom LASIK-98% of patients 20/20 or better!
Unmatched LASIK Technology Expertise
Leave it to the Christenbury Eye Center to offer the newest advancement in LASIK technology, Custom LASIK. In the Charlotte region, LASIK is practically synonymous with Dr. Christenbury, who has performed more than 75,000 successful procedures in the last 20 years.
Safety and accuracy of vision outcomes are the most important criteria in choosing a LASIK technology. A veteran of more than a dozen FDA clinical trials for excimer laser eye procedures, Dr. Christenbury performed the first all-laser IntraLasik surgery on the East Coast in 2001. Since then, he has evaluated every new commercially available FDA approved excimer laser for vision correction.
Over a period of ten years, Dr. Christenbury has reviewed the results of 35,000 of his LASIK procedures, performed with five different commonly used lasers. iLASIK had the highest percentage of patients with 20/20 vision at 1 and 6 months as well as the lowest retreatment rate. In 2010, Dr. Christenbury reviewed more than 14,000 eyes on which he had used iLASIK and found that 98% of patients had 20/20 vision or better. More than half tested at 20/15– even better than 20/20! Now, with the addition of new LASIK technology, the VisuMax femtosecond laser system by Carl Zeiss Meditec, the Christenbury Eye Center can make laser eye surgery more precise and more comfortable for our patients than ever before. Patients say they “feel nothing”!
Any other combination of lasers is not Custom WaveFront LASIK, and does not yield the same outcomes. Using the best LASIK technology enables us to provide you with the best and most advanced laser vision correction available anywhere. In fact, Custom WaveFront LASIK is approved by NASA for astronauts and military fighter pilots and by the FAA for commercial and private pilots.
What is Custom Wavefront LASIK?
When we use WaveScan technology to create a Custom treatment with the VISX laser, the procedure is known as Custom Wavefront LASIK. Custom LASIK is a combination of two lasers:
Any other combination of lasers is not Custom Wavefront LASIK, and does not yield the same outcomes. Using the best LASIK technology enables us to provide you with the best and most advanced laser vision correction available anywhere. In fact, Custom Wavefront LASIK is approved by NASA for astronauts and military fighter pilots and by the FAA for commercial and private pilots.
Advances in LASIK?
Eye Tracking LASIK Technology
With LASIK, you will be asked to look at a flashing fixation light. The eye naturally makes small involuntary movements. The VISX laser has an active infrared eye tracker that tracks the center of the pupil to detect and compensate for any involuntary eye movements. The active eye tracker can move 10 times faster than the human eye as well as faster than the laser itself. Eye tracking has markedly increased the accuracy of the laser eye procedure and makes patients feel confident that any micro eye movements they make won’t affect the visual outcome of their procedure.
VisuMax for Flap Creation
To create the LASIK flap, Christenbury Eye Center uses the VisuMax femtosecond laser, the newest and most advanced FDA-approved technology for LASIK vision correction. “The VisuMax…”, Dr. Christenbury explains, “pulses 500,000 times a second, which is 10 times faster than prior lasers and uses one tenth the energy. This allows for a more comfortable procedure and quicker vision recovery. Our results for VisuMax are greater than expected. Surgery lasts just 20 seconds and patients tell us they didn’t feel a thing. Christenbury Eye Center is the only eye center in the Carolinas, and one of just a few on the East Coast, to offer this advanced LASIK technology.
Larger Optical Treatment Zones
In order to reduce the risk of halos around lights after surgery, the treatment zone for Custom Wavefront LASIK should be larger than the size of the pupil under low light conditions. We carefully measure the scotopic or dark-adapted pupil. As a result, seeing halos around lights at night post-surgery is rare and usually temporary, lasting only 4-6 weeks during the healing process. In fact, most patients will volunteer that their night vision is better after Custom LASIK than it was with glasses or contact lenses.
Custom LASIK “Wavemapping Testing” and WaveFront Custom Treatments
The cornea and lens of the eye have optical errors, called aberrations. These aberrations are as unique to you as your fingerprints.
Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are called lower order aberrations and can be corrected with glasses and contact lenses. There are other optical errors, called higher order aberrations, which cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Custom Wavefront LASIK measures and corrects both lower order and higher order aberrations to provide the best quality vision, often better than glasses or contact lenses.
Custom Wavefront LASIK involves an advanced Wavescan instrument which accurately measures nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism as well as higher order aberrations. Every eye is different and has its own wave map of the pupil, with individual Wavefront errors. The Wavescan measures these aberrations and generates a custom treatment unique to each eye. This treatment is then downloaded into the laser. The majority of patients say they see better after laser eye surgery with the Custom VISX than they did before with glasses or contact lenses. Since Wavefront aberrations can be a cause of night vision complaints, Custom Wavefront LASIK especially helps night vision.
When the Wavescan is performed, it simultaneously take an iris fingerprint and electronically attaches it to your custom- designed laser eye treatment plan, which is then downloaded into the VISX laser. With iris recognition, the laser uses up to 24 points to match your iris to your iris fingerprint. This ensures that you cannot receive another patient’s treatment. No other vision correction laser has this feature.
When you are lying down for laser eye surgery, your eye can rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise. This phenomenon, called cyclorotation, causes a misalignment of the eye. The Iris Registration can measure as little as ½ a degree of rotation and rotate your Custom Wavefront LASIK treatment to match. This is especially important in astigmatism correction, which has an “axis” or direction of treatment. Other lasers do not have any of these functions and therefore are not as accurate for laser eye surgery to correct astigmatism.
You deserve the most advanced LASIK procedure and the most experienced LASIK surgeon, for the best vision possible. Dr. Jonathan Christenbury offers a free consultation. Ask about our Vision Today program where you can have your free personal consultation and LASIK procedure the same day.
Not a LASIK Candidate?
If you have been told that you were not a LASIK candidate, you should know that Dr. Christenbury has performed successful laser eye surgery on many people who had been turned away by other centers who may not have our advanced technology. At Christenbury Eye Center, we do the most advanced diagnostic testing on the latest equipment. We can determine whether or not you are a candidate for LASIK.
Perhaps you are too nearsighted for LASIK, have a thin cornea, or have other issues. If that’s the case, you may be a candidate for a procedure called Visian ICL. Dr. Christenbury has used Visian ICL to correct myopia as high as -20 D.
If you are considering laser eye surgery, you are welcome to tour our facility, view our laser suite, and even watch a LASIK procedure! We’re the best place to go in Charlotte for LASIK and the latest in LASIK technologies.
Call 1-877-702-2020 for a free personal consultation.
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