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“This is truly the best thing that I’ve done for myself” – Kari S
Making the right choice for your LASIK procedure can make all the difference in the world… in both your vision and your life. At Berkeley Eye Center, we know choosing to have LASIK is a huge decision. Here are 8 reasons why we feel Berkeley is the right LASIK choice for you:
Here’s more good news. Our LASIK procedure takes only a few minutes to complete and patients remain awake and comfortable during the entire procedure. We offer the latest laser technology and techniques by uniquely qualified surgeons who have performed tens of thousands of procedures combined. As you continue your research about LASIK and vision correction procedures, here are a few more facts to keep in mind about Berkeley Eye Center:
* AMO clinical study of 300 iLASIK patients.
Each year, more than a million people undergo LASIK to surgically treat their nearsightedness (Myopia), farsightedness (Hyperopia) and astigmatism and become glasses-free. No more contacts or glasses, no more hassle! While LASIK is not often used to correct presbyopia or age-related reading-vision, there are exciting advances in lens alternatives for ages 45+.
Our LASIK procedures are performed in the comfort and safety of a specially designed laser suite at Berkeley Eye Center. To help reduce possible risks and complications, factors such as humidity, temperature and overall air quality are closely monitored and maintained.
Upon arrival, you and your guest will be invited into our internal waiting room. You meet with the surgeon, who will provide a final exam and answer any questions you or your guest may have. The preparation and ‘relaxation’ takes the majority of time, then the laser correction begins – 60 seconds or less – in reality.
Step 1 – Pre-Exam & Questions
Step 2 – LASIK pre-operative area to help you relax and prepare for your procedure
Step 3 – Enter Laser Suite for two-step procedure: flap-creation and laser correction.
Step 4 – Post-Exam & Visual Test – most patients exclaim they can already see!
Watch the above video to see the whole patient-experience.
Many of our guest waiting areas provide an optional ‘viewing room’ so the guest can remain outside of the sterile area, while watching the actual life-changing procedure!
When considering your vision correction procedure, it is important to understand exactly what kind of treatment you will receive.
Berkeley Eye Center performs ilASIK using a VISX Excimer laser and an Intralase Femtosecond laser. This procedure is also called IntraLASIK. The first step in Laser Vision Correction is creating a very thin flap of tissue that is folded back during treatment. The second step is reshaping the exposed surface with the Excimer laser and replacing the flap.
The iLASIK difference is in the first step. Some practices still use a mechanical, bladed device called a microkeratome to create the flap. With the bladed style microkeratome there was an increased risk of complications such as corneal abrasions, irregular flaps, as well as button-hole flaps. The iLASIK procedure uses an Intralase, which is a second laser to create the flap. Using an Intralase offers added safety for patients by eliminating the blade.
Berkeley Eye Center is proud to announce the addition of the 5th Generation iFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser- now in most of our laser centers across the area. Ask your LASIK doctor for more information about which locations offer this technology.
10+ Years of Research and Refined Technology
Since the late 1990s, conventional LASIK has been the procedure of choice for surgeons worldwide in their effort to reduce and eliminate the public’s dependence on corrective eyewear. In conventional LASIK using Wavefront Optimized, the patient’s prescription is entered into the laser for treatment.
Today, leading surgeons, like our doctors, are taking LASIK to the next level with CustomVue™, a Wavefront-Guided Custom laser procedure approved by the FDA. During the CustomVue™ procedure, diagnostic information gathered during the WaveFront scanning process is fed directly into our VISX Star S4 eye-tracking laser.
Just like your fingerprint and DNA, the information fed into the laser is unique to your eyes only. Each of your eyes will receive its own custom laser procedure, with no two custom procedures in the world being identical.
At Berkeley Eye Center, we use the VisX Star S4 eye-tracking laser with Iris Registration. Eye-tracking means that the laser shifts with the eye as it follows the landmarks on the eye. Iris Registration is a non-contact method for aligning the advanced CustomVue procedure. We are able to take photos of landmarks on each individual’s iris so that the laser correctly centers and aligns the treatment on the iris. With Iris Registration, there is no possibility of treating a wrong eye or the wrong patient.