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Old 07-18-2007, 10:19 PM
blacksnail blacksnail is offline
 
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Visx vs Wavelight

Hello Doctors,

I am considering doing my Lasik next month. Currently I am considering between 2 technologies.

1. Wave Light
2. Visx

Doctor who use wave light told me visx is an older technology, which the refraction is not as good as wave light.

and Doctor who use visx told me this: Wavelight is not FDA approved for Custom Wavefront & does not have iris registration + Intralase VISX is used by US Army.

Can you please advise me. thank you
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Old 07-20-2007, 05:13 PM
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Damien Goldberg MD Damien Goldberg MD is offline
 
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Everything both surgeons told you is true and truthfully both lasers are excellent. The Wavelight Allegretto had FDA approval more recently than the Visx S4 but both get great results. The current FDA approved model of the Allegretto does not use wavefront and iris registration but it does use a wavefront optimized algorithm which works very well. I have occasionally found in some patients who are high myopes or have a large degree of astigmatism that the allegretto results come out better and fewer enhancements are needed. However, for years the Custom Wavefront Visx S4 has produced really solid results for moderate amounts of corrections.

In the end, I think it depends on how high your prescription is and your surgeon’s comfort level with their choice of technology. Not to mention, really I would choose a surgeon you trust and connect with the most. There will be a few months of postoperative care after the treatment and you want to feel comfortable sharing your concerns and asking any questions along the way.

Best of Luck,

Damien Goldberg, MD
Eye Physician and Surgeon
Torrance, CA 90505
www.wolstaneye.com

Below is a recent scientific abstract reviewing these lasers:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/en...ubmed_RVDocSum
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Old 07-23-2007, 03:27 AM
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Wink Thank you

Thank you for your reply. Now I have decided which surgeon to go to!
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Old 07-27-2007, 03:26 PM
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Glad to have helped!
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