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Femtosecond Laser Technology Is Now Available at Anderson & Shapiro Eye Care in Madison, Wisconsin.


You may have heard of Blade-FREE LASIK or Intralase LASIK? You might have also heard that this type of LASIK is safer than that of LASIK with a traditional microkeratome blade. A new brand of Bladeless LASIK technology was released and has had some excellent FDA Trial Data. Many of the specifications of this technology even go beyond the technology of the Intralase machine. Because the doctors at Anderson & Shapiro Eye Care in Madison, Wisconsin are dedicated to best in patient safety and visual outcomes they have decided to elevate the STANDARD of LASIK in Madison by adding the new Ziemer Femtosecond laser for the creation of safer LASIK flap making.

If you were previously not a LASIK candidate this new technology might change your specific visual situation. Please call Anderson & Shapiro Eye Care directly for a re-evaluation.  Ziemer Ophthalmic Systems Da Vinci Femtosecond Surgical Laser System can possibly allow patients who were denied LASIK, due to cornea thinness and other conditions, to now qualify as a candidate for LASIK eye surgery. If you are seeking LASIK in Madison, call us and we can provide you with a comprehensive educational process and an explanation of the femtosecond laser technology that makes LASIK flap with a laser instead of a blade-driven micro-keratome.

Over the past few years the LASIK eye surgery profession has seen some amazing technological advancements that have resulted in better overall vision and better visual clarity for its patients. Not only have patients been able to experience super clear vision but the level of safety has also improved. One of the LASIK technology breakthroughs with safety was with the Femtosecond Laser, bladeless approach to laser vision correction. As previously mentioned the first company to market this product was the Intralase Corporation. Until the arrival of the Ziemer Ophthalmic Systems Da Vinci Femtosecond Surgical Laser System, Intralase was the only company that made a device capable of blade-free LASIK. Ziemer Ophthalmic Systems has now received FDA clearance to sell and market its Da Vinci Femtosecond Surgical Laser System for LASIK and corneal surgery. This technological advancement is very significant for safety and better overall vision as this new machine has several physical advantages over the Intralase system. Additionally the Ziemer Ophthalmic System integrates flawlessly with cornea surgery and laser vision correction procedures for maximum safety. The Da Vinci uses femtosecond laser technology to generate short, small, low-energy infrared laser pulses that dissect corneal tissue with precision. The laser operates at a very high pulse rate in the megahertz (MHz)range. This is a point of drastic differentiation between this machine and the Intralase machine. Anderson & Shapiro Eye Care is one of the first LASIK vision correction facilities in Wisconsin to offer this amazing new technology. Since laser technology can often be confusing the doctors at Anderson & Shapiro Eye Care will educate and discuss this new technology with any interested patients. We want all of our surgical candidates to be well informed about the options available for vision correction and the potential benefits that may result after surgery. To discuss this matter with a qualified surgical coordinator contact us at anytime

The Z-LASIK procedure

Z-LASIKThe Da Vinci Femtosecond Surgical Laser System's laser energy is initiated via a handheld laser head, which is positioned on the front surface of a patient's eye. This laser head is completely guided and controlled by the certified ophthalmologist for safety. The device is held in place by a vacuum suction ring, the bimanual hand piece gives the surgeon superior tactile and visual control of the procedure through the excimer laser microscope. For fixation, the hand piece incorporates a vacuum suction ring. The Da Vinci Femtosecond Surgical Laser System delivers a precisely controlled vacuum generated approach. This rapid laser pulse of this system can create a flap with more than pinpoint accuracy in size and thickness than we ever seen before with a femtosecond laser. Once the flap is made using the femtosecond laser, the conventional excimer laser LASIK procedure is then used to correct vision, most often resulting in better vision.

All of this is done with a completely bladeless approach and uses extremely low density rapid laser pulses to create the corneal flap essential to the LASIK procedure. The low-density approach of this technology is a main factor in the overall safety of this procedure giving the patient a faster healing time and faster visual recovery. Madison LASIK experts, Dr. Shapiro, Dr. Anderson, and Dr. Anderson-Weiss believes that this new femtosecond laser technology has serious advantages over the Intralase system and wants to provide nothing but the best in patient care and safety for his Madison area LASIK patients.

Z-LASIK facts (Ziemer Ophthalmic Systems ® 2008)

  • Z-LASIK is a LASIK procedure performed with the Ziemer FEMTO LDV Femtosecond Surgical Laser in conjunction with any one of the leading excimer lasers.
  • The safety profile of femtosecond lasers have been demonstrated in over 1 million cases
  • The U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps have all approved, and strongly recommend femtosecond lasers for use on their personnel.
  • The NASA space agency has also approved femtosecond lasers for astronauts
  • Femtosecond lasers have a track record of enhanced safety

Understanding your options for LASIK in Madison

If you live in Madison, Wisconsin the good news is that you will certainly be able to find high quality LASIK surgeons. Michael Shapiro MD is a Madison LASIK specialist using only the safest LASIK technology. The above-mentioned Ziemer femtosecond laser technology is the latest example of how our practice maintains the highest level of safety parameters. If you are seeking LASIK in Madison, WI. you have come to the right place. We hope you are enjoying our LASIK website and we feel that it contains a vast amount of information regarding LASIK eye surgery.

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