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Over the last century, scientists have understood the lens inside the eye to be an area that they should wisely fear to tread. So, if you were to walk through the history of lens surgery leading us to now, you would notice an interesting trend. It was only with each step in technological improvement that the point of intervention to help moved in deliberate, slow steps away from curing blindness and into improving sight. Today, you stand at summit reached by a culmination of all that progress: a place where we don’t have to wait for things to get worse so that they can start getting better.

The Lenstar: Better Than the Best

In the year 2000, a new technology for measuring the eye (using laser light waves) leapfrogged over the previous gold standard (using sound waves) with an 800% increase in precision. The machine was called the IOL (short for intra-ocular lens) Master because it enables extremely accurate measurements used in choosing the correct IOL. It is still widely used with excellent results today. It would be the best tech available if the Lenstar hadn’t been invented. It measures more parameters (like astigmatism) and does it far more accurately. Without exaggeration, it’s the greatest and most advanced IOL calculation device in the world.

The Pentacam: Filling in the Details

Even with the Lenstar’s ability to precisely measure your eyes dimensions down to the hundredth of a millimeter, there is still detail that can be colored in by the Pentacam. This specialized camera creates a 3-dimensional map of the specific details of your cornea, because your cornea is the lens that will be working with your IOL and we want to ensure they get along like old friends. If you imagine the Lenstar to be like a device that could tell you the distance from one place in Orlando to another down to the inch, you could imagine the Pentacam as one that describes the elevation of every inch of terrain on the way there.

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ORA: Future Pulse

Of all the advanced technology that makes RLE possible, this is the one that feels the most like we get to live in the future. ORA (it’s obscure, oddly-chosen name means it is used in the O.R. for a Range of Applications) does 40 invisible laser scans in 2 seconds during the brief moments when your dysfunctional lens is gone, and the new one isn’t in place yet. Through somewhat impossibly complicated math, it deciphers what IOL power would achieve the target prescription we want for your eyes after surgery. It is amazing.

Aspheric Intra-ocular Lenses

Remember when astronauts flew up to the Hubble Telescope and repaired it so that its very impressive, but slightly blurred images all of a sudden became incredibly crisp and sharp? They fixed the problem of spherical aberration. A 2.5 billion dollar telescope was transformed by correcting the optics to get rid of spherical aberration. The IOL that can fix your vision has the same upgrade. Aspheric (spherical aberration corrected) lenses provide extraordinary optics for the human eye with literally space age technology.

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