Laser vision correction is a constantly evolving field with new advances being made all the time that offer both patients and doctors a better sense of comfort and security for the LASIK procedure. While effective results have been achieved from these procedures for many years, there are now lasers available to help minimize side effects through precise, controlled correction that benefits all patients.
What is the Allegretto Wave Laser?
The Allegretto Wave Excimer Laser is an FDA-approved, advanced system for laser vision correction with increased speed, accuracy and safety. This product was developed in Germany by top doctors seeking to combine the most effective technologies in laser vision correction to produce a system with unparalleled precision and accuracy. The Allegretto Wave system has been used across the world for over 10 years, and has been FDA-approved since 2003 for effective LASIK treatment.
The Allegretto Wave procedure uses advanced wavefront technology to compensate for the curvature of the cornea and increasing the size and location of the corrected area, which effectively reduces side effects such as poor night vision, glare and halos. Earlier laser vision correction techniques focused only on the centered front of the cornea, resulting in a flattened circular area that ended abruptly and created spherical aberrations that could lead to unwanted side effects.
Speed and Accuracy
The Allegretto Wave system employs a 0.9mm small-spot laser beam that transmits 200 pulses per second, a higher rate than any other laser available for this procedure. A correction of one diopter requires just four seconds of treatment. This laser can also extend to treat an 8.0mm area, with a blend zone of 9.0mm, making it an ideal choice for patients with large pupils or those concerned with night vision.
Our eyes make constant involuntary movements, up to 100 times per second, even when we sleep or remain motionless. This makes it sometimes difficult for your doctor to achieve the most precise correction during surgery. The Allegretto Wave system includes an eye tracker to track your eye movements during surgery and make sure that the eye has not moved before delivering the laser energy. Movements are tracked 200 times a second, each time the laser pulse is released. If the eye has moved, the laser will stop and wait for it to move back into position.
Perfect Pulse Technology
Perfect Pulse Technology controls every single pulse transmitted by the laser, to ensure the accuracy and safety of the procedure. With this monitoring, only every fifth pulse overlaps, reducing the risk of overheating the cornea. This also adds to the speed, precision and safety offered by the Allegretto Wave laser.
What results should I expect after MY Allegretto Wave Laser Procedure?
After the Allegretto Wave laser procedure, patients experience corrected near and far vision and often enjoy vision that is better than 20/20. In fact, over half of all patients reported 20/16 vision one year after treatment. The laser offers highly customized cornea reshaping for the best possible results from any type of laser vision correction.
If you are interested in learning more about the Allegretto Wave Technology and finding out if this procedure is right for you, please call us today to schedule a consultation. Laser vision correction has never been easier to achieve.
WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Laser FAQs
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What Is The WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q?
The WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Laser, from Alcon Surgical, has FDA-approval and uses the flexible performance of Wavefront Optimized® LASIK technology. with speed, accuracy and safety. The surgeon is provided with the ability to precisely coordinate and align the position of both the head and the eyes.
The WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Laser procedure uses advanced wavefront technology to compensate for the curvature of the cornea and preserve its shape, effectively reducing side effects such as poor night vision, glare and halos. Each laser vision correction procedure is customized for the refraction and corneal curvature of each patient.
Can It Be Used To Treat Astigmatism?
Yes, this procedure can be used to treat nearsighted patients up to -12.00 diopters with or without astigmatism, with up to -6.00 diopters of astigmatism, and farsighted patients up to 6.00 diopters with or without astigmatism, with up to 5.0 diopters of astigmatism.
What Are The Benefits Of Using It For A LASIK Procedure?
The WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Laser offers patients many benefits over other laser systems during the LASIK procedure, including increased speed, accuracy and safety.
The Benefits of using the Allegretto Wave Laser
Some of the benefits offered by this laser system include:
- Maintains the natural shape of the cornea
- Does not induce higher order aberration
- More accurate eye tracker
- Wavefront Technology
- Perfect Pulse Technology
- Faster pulse rate than any other laser
- Larger pupil treatment areas
- Fewer side effects
What Is The Difference Between Prolate And Oblate Cornea Curvatures?
The WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Laser takes a different approach to reshaping the cornea. While the normal shape of the cornea is higher in the center (prolate), most lasers flatten the cornea and make it oblate, which can lead to spherical aberration and a lower quality of vision, especially at night. Many patients experience glares or halos after their LASIK procedure.
The WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Laser maintains a prolate curvature while treating the cornea both centrally and peripherally. This offers patients improved vision quality during day and night.
What Is Perfect Pulse Technology?
Perfect Pulse Technology controls every single pulse transmitted by the laser, to ensure the accuracy, safety and speed of the procedure. With this monitoring, only every fifth pulse overlaps a previous one, reducing the risk of overheating the cornea. This also adds to the speed, precision and safety offered by the WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Laser system.