Call it magic.
Arthur C. Clarke once wrote that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” There may be perhaps no better example of this than LASIK. The reason LASIK surgery has become almost synonymous with vision correction isn’t because of its dizzying complexity; it’s because all that precision makes getting the eyes you’ve always wanted so simple. When you have LASIK surgery at Hunter Vision, your results are designed to be miraculous based on a process that felt too easy to make that possible.
Simply put, the diagnostics that measure everything about your eyes and the lasers that treat them are used based on a single criterion: which technology would we want for our own eyes? Whether you are a tech lover that wants to know every detail, or someone that cares mostly about the end result rather than the means to it, the technology necessary to get what you want is waiting for you here. There are thousands of data points for you to enjoy or ignore.
While safety matters in any area of life, we all usually agree that we raise the bar a bit when it comes to our eyes. For that reason, your search for the right place to cure your vision likely (and very wisely) puts safety somewhere at the top of the list. This is good. Feel free to research. We obsess over every detail of sterilization and calibration and all other facets of treating your eyes like the irreplaceable gift they are.
We get a lot of questions about LASIK. The good news is that almost everyone has the same set of concerns. Things like, “Will it hurt?” and “Can I get LASIK if I have astigmatism?” (The answers are no and yes, respectively). Chances are you’ve got some questions, too. Read on, and be ye enlightened.
You probably would prefer expertise over genuine kindness when it comes to dealing with people you are trusting to fix your eyes. Our goal is to be intentional about keeping you from ever having to make that choice. Your steps through this process have all been carefully laid out with your experience in mind. To make sure that the people who guide you through are the type you’d like to be around, we have a strict policy to only allow the nicest people in Orlando to work here.
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LASIK at Hunter Vision combines the 3D imaging collected in the unique and comprehensive Vision Correction Consultation and the capabilities of our excimer laser to maintain the natural 3D shape of your cornea during surgery. This thorough, 90-minute pre-surgery exam is able to detect the subtleties and nuances of your eye down to the micron level prior to the actual procedure. This allows your surgeon to view a uniquely complete picture of your eye before your customized correction is ever programmed into the laser. The more your surgeon knows about your eye health before your surgery, the better they are able to customize the best plan for you.
RK. Vision correction research began in earnest over 50 years ago. Back then, the surgeries involved cutting the clear window on the front of the eye (the cornea) in order to reshape it. Dr. Jose Barraquer in Columbia and Dr. Svyatoslav Fyodorov in what was then the USSR worked on perfecting techniques to change the cornea's curvature with blades. Dr. Fyodorov gets the credit for developing the technique of modern radial keratotomy, known more commonly for its acronym "RK." RK became pretty popular during the 1980s and into the early 1990s, because people with difficulty seeing in the distance (i.e. they were nearsighted) had good results for improvement of distance vision. But, something better was on its way...
Excimer laser technology. Dr. Stephen Trokel was the one of the first to pursue the idea of using an excimer laser for vision correction. Excimer lasers were used throughout the 1970s to etch silicone chips used in computers. In 1982, Dr. Trokel and colleagues began testing the laser on living tissue and were amazed by its ability to remove precise amounts of tissue with no collateral damage. This unique ability was a result of the 193 nanometer wavelength of this laser, which vaporizes carbon-carbon bounds in protein without causing thermal (heat) damage. Scientists were amazed to see electron micrograph photos of precise steps cut into a human hair. Precision like this had never before been seen in surgery.
PRK. Now aided by a tool that allowed for such extreme precision, refractive surgeons developed a technique called photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Drs. Marguerite McDonald, Stephen Trokel, and Charles Munnerlyn worked to solve the surgical and mathematical formula to use PRK to reshape the cornea to correct distance vision. The first procedure was performed by Dr. McDonald in 1987. It was limited in scope to correct only nearsightedness, but over the next few years correction for astigmatism and farsightedness was developed. It was an exciting time in refractive surgery. But something better was on its way...
LASIK. Now that vision could be corrected with lasers, scientist sought to find a way to do it painlessly. Since PRK was performed by removing the epithelium off the surface of the eye before laser ablation, the eye was uncomfortable for several days and sometimes took several weeks for the vision to improve. By 1991, a laser procedure was performed under a protective corneal flap for the first time. It was name Laser-assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK). Using a blade called a microkeratome, the surgeon was able to create a small flap on the surface of the eye, perform the ablation, and then "hide" the ablation zone by replacing the corneal flap in its original position. This procedure was FDA approved in 1999. Around this time, almost everyone had heard about LASIK and many had the procedure. People who had LASIK had a 95% satisfaction rate, which is almost unheard of for medical procedures. But something better was on its way..
SBK. In 2002, the femtosecond laser was approved by the FDA to replace the blade used in LASIK procedures. This meant that LASIK could now be a bladeless procedure. However, it wasn’t until five years later that Drs. Daniel Durrie and Stephen Slade introduced a new and better form of LASIK that took advantage of the precision offered by bladeless technology. By using the femtosecond laser to create a layer of bubbles to separate the natural layers of the cornea, a thinner and smaller flap was able to be consistently reproduced in a way that blades could not achieve. This minimally-invasive technique was termed Sub-Bowman's Keratomileusis (SBK) because it separates the natural layers of the cornea just beneath the very top plane of tissue named Bowman’s layer. For the first time, recovery from surgery could be quick and painless, but also adverse effects sometimes seen with LASIK (dry eyes, dangerous corneal weakening) could be minimized to almost zero. The evolution of laser surgery achieved a new level with this procedure, but something better was on its way...Hunter Vision LASIK. The technique used in SBK is now standard practice for most high-end centers. However, diagnostic technology used to evaluate the eye, and excimer laser technology used to reshape the eye have improved dramatically over the last 5 years. With 3D imaging technology, the most subtle nuances of the human eye can be captured — down to 1000th of a millimeter. In kind, excimer lasers that used to use a 6 millimeter broad beam to shape the cornea, can now be focused down to a 0.9 millimeter beam that distributes the energy more evenly across the entire corneal surface. This allows a 3D approach that can preserve the natural corneal curvature of the eye in a unique way. Using SBK for safety, 3D imaging technology for accuracy, and laser technology for precision, Hunter Vision has set a new standard in vision correction.