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Okay, sure, there’s nothing particularly evocative about the ones and zeros of technology. But neither does it bring a thrill in the chest to consider the details of a new running shoe or the optics in a new camera. It’s the miles we will conquer, and vistas we will capture, that make the technology enabling us to do these things suddenly personal and important.

3-Dimensional Corneal Imaging

The most precise laser treatment in the world is dependent on the most precise measurements possible. While the previous generation of corneal imaging was impressive, with 8,000 data points over an area smaller than a dime, it can’t match what you have available to you today. Short-wavelength rotating Scheimpflug photography doesn’t just sound high tech, it delivers with 25,000 data points to map the architecture of your cornea down to the thousandth of a millimeter.

Blade vs. Bubbles

While the idea of using a blade in LASIK may seem like a relic of a time past, the truth is that currently half of the LASIK in the U.S. is still performed with a blade. You probably don’t need help deciding if laser is more accurate than a blade (it is) or safer (it really is), but it’s probably helpful to know up front which one will be used when it comes to your procedure. Femtosecond laser, which uses microscopic bubbles instead of a cutting blade, is the only way we do LASIK and the only way we’ve ever done LASIK. We’re sorry you even have to ask, but were glad you will.

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Excimer Laser Speed

The speed of the laser that corrects your vision is important not because it saves you some extra time, but because of what the speed makes possible for your eyes. The 500 Hz excimer laser at Hunter Vision treats your cornea 500 times per second — faster than the previous generation of laser. Speed only matters if it gets you somewhere you want to go. In this case, it’s the ability to create extra fine pulses for more detail—the same way you’d use a fine-tipped brush rather than a broad one to paint precisely.

Infrared Pupil Tracking

In previous generations of laser, the proud steps forward were the ability to track the eye at speeds closer and closer to the speed of the human eye. Now, the great and elusive end goal has been reached in the form of a laser than can track and move faster than your ludicrously fast-moving eye. So, you can breathe easy, or you can breathe rapidly for that matter, because wherever you may have worried you might have moved wrong, the laser will be right there with you.

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Wavefront-Optimized Laser

Our laser is a Wavelight Ex500. That name in and of itself carries no meaning, only branding. It’s important to know what laser we use, however, because you deserve to know why we chose it for you. It uses wavefront-optimized laser to maintain your corneas’ natural curvature because it impacts quality of vision. It plays a key role in our average post-op vision being better than 20/20. It’s because, like you — here reading through the technology section — we too are purposeful about the choices we make concerning your eyes.

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