“There was nothing I hated more than my contact lenses — except maybe Seattle! —
which is why I’m now lovin’ my LASIK vision, thanks to Dr. Hyver!”
“All Laser” LASIK patient and
all-pro football left tackle, Joe Staley
“All Laser” LASIK is one of the world’s most popular laser vision correction procedures for the treatment of nearsightedness and astigmatism. The goal of “All Laser” LASIK is to help patients see equal to or better than their contact lenses and glasses and, through the use of Wavefront-Optimized techniques, to help preserve or even improve their vision quality, especially their night vision.
“All Laser” LASIK is a two-step procedure. In the first step, Dr. Hyver employs our Ziemer Z-Series femtosecond laser to create a corneal flap, which he then lifts, exposing the underlying tissue. In the 2nd step, he applies the Alcon EX500 wavefront-optimized excimer laser to the exposed tissue to correct the patient’s nearsightedness and astigmatism, after which he restores the flap whereupon it heals, preserving the new vision.
Unlike older systems that use a surgical blade, “All Laser” LASIK employs lasers in both steps of the LASIK procedure, giving Dr. Hyver far greater control over the treatment process and eliminating the unique risks of the older technology.
Note that at the start of the following video, the split frame on the left shows the surgical blade approach to creating the corneal flap (i.e., the “microkeratome”), while the frame on the right shows the newer femtosecond laser approach that Dr. Hyver employs to create the flap:
The Wavefront-Optimized “All Laser” LASIK procedure is also customized to your prescription and to your corneal curvature. Using proprietary Wavefront-Optimized software algorithms, the Alcon EX500 excimer laser adjusts its energy delivery on the periphery of the treatment zone in order to help achieve a natural prolate corneal shape, which can help minimize spherical aberration and therefore contribute to better night vision quality.
During the first four hours after your LASIK procedure, your vision will be hazy (similar to looking through a film), and you’re likely to experience varying degrees of eye stinging, scratchiness, tearing, and light sensitivity.
One day after surgery, aside from a little dryness, your eyes should feel relatively normal, and your vision should be clear enough to resume most of your normal lifestyle. However, results vary from patient-to-patient, based on the patient’s preoperative prescription and the type of work he or she performs.
Over the next few weeks, your vision should gradually sharpen to reach its best correction.
With today’s state-of-the-art laser infrastructure, combined with Dr. Hyver’s experience and deep surgical database, it’s rare that our “All Laser” LASIK patients don’t see 20/20 or better. Like any medical procedure, however, LASIK is not without risks or alternatives. Learn more about LASIK in our FAQ and about LASIK safety here.