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“All Laser” LASIK, topography-guided Contoura LASIK, SMILE Vision Correction, and Customized PRK are elective medical procedures designed to reduce or eliminate your need for contact lenses and glasses.  Dr. Hyver performs these procedures employing a state-of-the-art laser infrastructure to help optimize your visual outcome and ensure your surgical safety.

The centerpiece of this infrastructure is the Alcon EX500 excimer laser, which Dr. Hyver employs in the “All Laser” LASIK, Contoura LASIK, and Customized PRK procedures to reshape the contour of the cornea to correct the patient’s vision error.  The EX500 is Alcon’s flagship solution and the fastest excimer laser in the U.S. market, pulsing at 500 HZ, or 500 times a second.  The EX500’s fast pulse rate dramatically reduces treatment time, limiting corneal dehydration and its potential negative effects on treatment accuracy, while the EX500’s fast eye tracker — which checks the position of your eye more than 1,000 times per second — reduces the chance of a decentered treatment and the associated risk of complications.

In addition to the Alcon EX500 excimer laser, Dr. Hyver employs two high-performance femtosecond lasers: the Ziemer LDV Z4 and the Zeiss Visumax.

Dr. Hyver employs the Swiss-engineered Ziemer Z4 laser to create the corneal flap, which is the first-step in the “All Laser” LASIK and Contoura LASIK procedures. Compared to other femtosecond lasers, Dr. Hyver believes the Ziemer femtosecond platform is a safer and more accurate solution to creating the LASIK corneal flap. For example, the Ziemer’s fast pulse rate and smaller pulse size produce overlapping spots, contributing to a clean corneal flap boundary (which enables an easy flap lift), while the Ziemer’s lower pulse energy helps reduce corneal stress and the associated risks of complications, such as diffuse lamellar keratitis, photophobia and rainbow glare.

Dr. Hyver employs the German-engineered Zeiss Visumax femtosecond laser for the SMILE procedure. The Visumax is, in fact, the only FDA-approved laser for the correction of nearsightedness and astigmatism using the novel technique of corneal lenticule incision and extraction.

Despite its technical maturity, laser vision correction, like all elective surgeries, is not without risks or alternatives, something you can learn more about here.