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Seeing in high definition: Next generation LASIK technology is yielding more precise and accurate results than ever before possible

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Seeing in high definition: Next generation LASIK technology is yielding more precise and accurate results than ever before possible

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WALTHAM, Mass., July 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston is pleased to become the first and only practice in Massachusetts to offer LASIK surgery powered by the new iDesign Advanced Wavescan System. FDA approved, the system generates a high-definition scan of the eye 25 times more precise than traditional methods used to measure and correct vision. It acts as the brain of the LASIK procedure, measuring and mapping irregularities of the eye that may impact vision, and then creates a personalized LASIK treatment plan based on the unique refractive "blueprint" of each person's eye.

"This new wavefront technology represents the most significant advancement in laser vision correction that we have seen in over a decade," said OCB Ophthalmologist Peter Rapoza, MD. "I am thrilled to see that our already exceptional visual outcomes are even more accurate than before. We have patients who were near sighted, who come back the day after surgery with 20/15 vision feeling they have never seen so well previously. We are now able to offer even better visual outcomes to a wider range of patients."

Dr. Rapoza began using the iDesign system in March and reports that the initial group of 69 eyes in 35 of his nearsighted patients who underwent LASIK with a goal of excellent distance vision achieved visual acuity without glasses on their first post-operative day of 20/15 in 43% of eyes—a result that is considered better than perfect vision of 20/20. In that same group, 98.5% of eyes achieved visual acuity of 20/20 on the first post-op day and 20/25 or better in 100% of eyes. By the second week with 47 eyes in 24 patients examined, 70% had better than perfect visual acuity of 20/15 and 100% achieved 20/20 or better. With traditional laser vision correction procedures, more than 90 percent of people achieve somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40 vision.

In addition to providing more accuracy, the new LASIK technology procedure is available to people who may not have been candidates for LASIK in the past due to its FDA approval for a wider range of optical correction.

"We can detect details of the eye that we were never able to see before, and can now help people who were out of the scope of these advanced laser vision correction treatments, including people with higher degrees of astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness, who may have previously been told they were not eligible," said Dr. Rapoza.

In laser vision correction procedures, such as Lasik (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) or PRK (photorefractive keratectomy)  a specialized laser, called an excimer laser, is used to reshape the cornea – the clear round dome at the front of the eye – to improve the way the eye focuses light rays onto the retina at the back of the eye. The laser is guided through exact measurements of your eyes that are taken with the new iDesign Wavefront guided system—which collects more data about the imperfections of the eye than ever before possible. The system uses waves of light to precisely map the anatomy of your eye, at 5 times more resolution than previous wavefront guided technology, capturing more than 1200 data points from each eye.

The technology behind the iDesign system was originally developed for high-powered NASA telescopes to view distant objects in space. The iDESIGN System is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson Vision.

About Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston
Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston is committed to providing exemplary, state-of-the-art and compassionate eye care while advancing ophthalmology through education, research and leadership. OCB was founded in Boston by three ophthalmologists in 1969 has grown into one of the largest and most respected ophthalmic practices in the United States. To learn more visit our website, www.eyeboston.com.

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