Lasik Q & A

A Review of Current LASIK Lasers, Which Are The Best?

If you have been looking for a facility for your LASIK procedure, you have probably been given a pamphlet with information on the type of laser that is used. Most LASIK facilities declare that their laser is the best laser, and oftentimes consumers are very confused as to what type of LASIK laser they should look for or if it even matters. In order to simplify the confusion concerning lasers, here is a brief discussion about the different types of current lasers on the market today and if they really do make a difference during LASIK surgery.

One of the main things to keep in mind about LASIK lasers is that not all of them are FDA approved, or they are only FDA approved for specific procedures. It is very important that you ask your doctor if laser used is FDA approved and approved for the surgery being performed. In addition to FDA approval, specific types of LASIK lasers are used for certain conditions or procedures. Many FDA approved LASIK lasers are created to work within certain parameters of myopia or astigmatism. If your myopia or astigmatism is outside of the lasers parameters, you may need to go elsewhere.

Another thing to keep in mind when you are reading information about LASIK lasers is that most of the changes to these lasers have been relatively minor. LASIK surgery facilities like to tout their laser as the best laser thanks to new innovative technology, but this frequent boast does not usually measure up to its claims. The three most important things about the LASIK laser that is used for your surgery are: is the laser FDA approved, is the laser approved for your type of LASIK surgery, and is your surgeon familiar with the laser. Research has shown that the results of LASIK have very little to do with the type of laser used, and more to do with the surgeon’s technique and level of experience.

That being said, there are four major companies which create LASIX lasers and laser systems. These companies are Alcon, Bausch & Lomb, Nidek, and VISX. If you want to use a type of LASIX procedure that uses custom Wavefront technology, than you will need to have your LASIX surgery performed by either an Alcon laser, a Bausch & Lomb laser, or a VISX laser; currently Nidex lasers are not FDA approved for use with Wavefront technologies.

So how do you know which type of LASIX laser is best for your surgery? First you will need to find out what type of surgery you need, then check to see if the laser if FDA approved and approved for that type of surgery. Ask your doctor of course, but confirm with your own independent research. As an extra precaution, you may want to check to see if your doctor has been evaluated by the nonprofit organization USAEyes; this organization reviews doctors, and the lasers they are using, in order to increase LASIX consumer safety. In addition, always make sure that your doctor is using laser equipment that was purchased within the United States, and that no third parties have made any adjustments or installations on the laser.

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