Raleigh, NC (MMD Newswire) October 22, 2012 -- A totally customized laser eye surgery for vision correction has been developed by Laer Eye Center of Carolina's Dr. Dean Dornic and granted Trademark status by the United States Patent and Trademark office. The new procedure, based on convential LASIK eye surgery but refined with customized all-laser technology offers the potential for a previously unmatched safety profile with superior visual outcomes.
LASIK eye surgery is a two step procedure first performed in the late 1980's which involved creating a corneal flap and shaping the remaining layers with a laser. Historically, the use of an oscillating metal blade, called a microkeratome, was used in the first step of LASIK and was responsible for the majority of LASIK complications. In the second step, reshaping was accomplished by the surgeon manually inputting the patient's eyeglass prescription into a laser. The production of certain distortions during the second step sometimes resulted in disabling night time glare and "starbursting or halos" around lights. Over the years, various innovations were developed in an effort to refine LASIK eye surgery. The OmniLase technique is the result of a culmination of several of these important innovations and requires a significant investment in newer technologies.
"The OmniLase technique is more than just all-laser LASIK. It requires a fifth generation femtosecond laser capable of fine adjustments and able to produce complex shapes so that when the flap is replaced it fits snuggly in a "tongue and groove" configuration. The OmniLase technique also results in better visual quality than 'custom LASIK'. It requires a special instrument called a wavefront analyzer which replaces the phoropter: an archaic device with dozens of lenses used in prescribing glasses," said Dornic.
The OmniLase technique is safer both during and after the procedure with a much lower rate of incomplete, decentered and irregular flaps than standard LASIK or Z-LASIK. It also results in a lower incidence of wrinkled and displaced flaps. Other complications shown to be reduced in both frequency and severity include dry eyes and night time visual difficulties.
"While LASIK eye surgery has always been a highly successful procedure with a high level of patient satisfaction, the improved safety profile of the OmniLase technique should be reassuring to patients who have postponed vision correction because it addresses all of the major side effects and complications experienced with conventional LASIK", said Dornic. "Of course, all surgeries have risk. The key to minimizing risk is to make use of the best technology available."
ABOUT DR. DORNIC
Dr. Dean Dornic is a recognized authority on LASIK and other vision correction procedures. Founder and Medical Director of the Laser Eye Center of Carolina, Dr. Dornic has more than 15 years of surgical experience and has performed thousands of successful LASIK procedures. He was selected as one of "America's Top Ophthalmologists" by Consumer's Research Council of America and was named a LASIK Gold surgeon - an honor bestowed upon the top 50 LASIK surgeons nationwide by Sightpath Medical. Newsweek recently named Dr. Dornic one of "15 Leaders in Laser Eye Surgery." For more information on Dr. Donic and LASIK technology visit www.VisionAuthorities.com.
ABOUT THE OMNILASE PROCEDURE
The OmniLase Procedure is the evolution of LASIK. It is the ultimate in customized all-laser vision correction technology maximizing patient safety and offering superior visual quality outcomes. More information on the OmniLase technique is available at www.OmniLase.com.