about Lasik Surgery
Dr. Alan Faulkner
Special to the Oahu Island News
Is LASIK right for me?
A preliminary screening and consultation
with your surgeon is necessary and should include corneal mapping,
measurement of corneal thickness, and measurement of your pupil size to
ensure that your required corrections are within the safe limits. A
complete eye exam should be performed. Your surgeon should discuss with
you your goals and expectations as well as the risks and benefits of the
Can I finally get rid of my glasses?
It depends on your individual condition,
although 100% of my patients have enjoyed significantly improved vision
and have adequate vision to drive legally without glasses. When persons
reach age 40, they normally begin to experience poor reading vision and
may require reading glasses. Depending on the individual, this may be
corrected by monovision, whereby one eye is corrected for distance and the
other for close sight. Despite all the advancements in LASIK, not all
people can have perfectly corrected vision and some may still require
corrective lenses for certain conditions.
Does type of equipment matter?
I believe that the type of Laser is extremely
important. Most surgeons use a Broad Beam Laser and I have performed many
successful procedures using this equipment. I decided to equip my laser
center with the LADARVision 4000. It
uses a scanning small-spot laser with a laser radar tracker. The small
beam, due to its Gaussian shape produces the smoothest corneal surface of
any laser available in the US, is gentler to the eye, and allows a wide
range of treatments to be customized for each individual. The result is
high quality visual improvement. Many of the surgeons reported that side
effects such as glare, halos, and poor night vision were greatly reduced
or eliminated in comparison to other lasers.
LADARVision is the only excimer laser system
that is fast enough to track saccadic eye movements (rapid involuntary
movements) and adjust its laser to an optimal firing position.
LADARVision measures the eye 4,000 times per second and adjusts the laser
beam within milliseconds. During the FDA trials it tracked 100% of the
eyes tested. This leads to more accurate corneal shaping. LADARVision is
the only laser in the world to use an active laser radar tracker,
which is why it is the only tracker with an FDA-approved claim for
increased accuracy in corneal shaping.
What does all of this mean to you?
In my opinion, the LADARVision technology together with an
experienced, skilled, and personable surgeon offers the highest
probability for excellent results and a satisfied patient. LASIK is not a
decision to take lightly, but it can greatly
improve your lifestyle. For more information on Aloha Laser Vision
and the LADARVision visit www.alohalasik.com and www.ladarvision.com.