OPHTHALMOLOGY

Gre­gory Eip­pert, MD

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Q: I heard there is a new ad­vanced LASIK tech­nol­ogy called Con­toura Vi­sion To­pog­ra­phy-Guided LASIK. What can you tell me about this new tech­nol­ogy? A: LASIK is a pro­ce­dure that uses a laser to change the shape of the cornea to cor­rect for my­opia (near­sight­ed­ness), hy­per­opia (far­sight­ed­ness), or astig­ma­tism. Since its in­cep­tion in the 1990s, LASIK surgery has con­tin­ued to evolve and the ef­fi­cacy of the pro­ce­dure has im­proved markedly as tech­nol­ogy has ad­vanced. LASIK Tech­nol­ogy ad­vance­ments over the last three decades have fo­cused on ways to mea­sure and cor­rect the corneal cur­va­ture or to­pog­ra­phy. Con­toura Vi­sion To­pog­ra­phy-Guided LASIK, ap­proved by the FDA, is the most ad­vanced laser plat­form avail­able to­day in the USA. While cur­rent LASIK tech­niques of­fer in­cred­i­ble pre­ci­sion and ac­cu­racy that re­shapes the cornea and ad­dresses vis­ual re­frac­tive er­rors, Coun­toura takes the LASIK process to the next level by mea­sur­ing the unique char­ac­ter­is­tics of each per­son’s eyes that can­not be mea­sured with tra­di­tional tech­nol­ogy in or­der to rec­om­mend a highly cus­tom­ized treat­ment. The Con­toura process in­volves tak­ing a series of topo­graph­i­cal im­ages and an­a­lyz­ing 22,000 unique el­e­va­tion points on the cornea. The Con­toura Vi­sion laser treat­ment is de­signed to then smooth out the corneal sur­face ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties to op­ti­mize the sur­face of the eye’s cornea in such a way that it ac­tu­ally en­hances the qual­ity of vi­sion bet­ter than has ever be­fore been pos­si­ble. Not all eyes are can­di­dates or re­quire the Con­toura treat­ment. Each eye has its own unique shape and re­quire­ments for pre­ci­sion laser treat­ment and Con­toura is an op­tion only for eyes that would ben­e­fit from this type of treat­ment. The re­sults of FDA Clin­i­cal Tri­als for Con­toura Vi­sion are re­mark­able. Most Con­toura pa­tients re­ported im­proved vi­sion equal or bet­ter that that they had with glasses or con­tacts. The Con­toura pro­ce­dure en­hanced not only how much pa­tients saw, but also re­duced sever­ity of com­mon vis­ual com­plaints such as light sen­si­tiv­ity, dif­fi­culty driv­ing at night, and glare. Con­toura Vi­sion, an ex­cit­ing, new LASIK tech­nol­ogy, may or may not be right for you. It is cur­rently avail­able only for pa­tients who are near­sighted. Your can­di­dacy for Con­toura Vi­sion de­pends on a thor­ough con­sul­ta­tion by an ex­pe­ri­enced LASIK sur­geon to de­ter­mine if the pro­ce­dure is a good fit for you and your vis­ual needs. Gre­gory Eip­pert, MD 9485 Men­tor Ave., #110, Men­tor 44060 440-255-1115 www.opivi­sion.com

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