Excimer Laser Technology for LASIK Surgery

The latest Excimer Lasers for LASIK surgery and its pioneer doctors!

As we mentioned before, no all the Excimer laser technology are approved by the FDA in order to treat Astigmatism, however it doesn't mean that it can not do it. An Excimer Laser, which produces a concentrated beam of cool ultraviolet (UV) light is so accurate that it can cut a notch in a human hair. It generates no heat and is gentle to tissue.

Many people don't really know the differences or in other words they confused between Excimer laser and Femtosecond Laser, and let's clarify that Excimer device is used to treat refractive errors of the cornea while Femtosecond device is to treat or create the flap of the cornea.

Next, we will show the latest Technology on the market on each one of the manufacturers and we will explain what of each one of them are approved for, by the FDA. In addition we will show the pioneer doctors on each one of these Latest Medical devices.

Abbott Medical Optics - Visx (STAR S4 IR EXCIMER Laser) Custom

One of the pioneers of with STAR S4 IR in the U.S is David Shapiro M.D in California, in addition Dr. Shapiro was voted one of the "30 World Leaders in LASIK Surgery and one of the top laser specialists in U.S.
The STAR S4 IRT Excimer Laser reduces thermal effects on the cornea, allowing you to perform the Advanced CustomVue procedure quickly and effectively, while maximizing patient safety. Using the STAR S4 IRT Excimer Laser System, surgeons can deliver the broadest range of wavefront-guided laser vision correction treatments to patients.

Alcon - WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser

WAVELIGHT® EX500 Customized for every eye and featuring a 500 Hz repetition rate, the WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser delivers the world’s fastest ablation times at only 1.4 seconds per diopter,* resulting in consistent outcomes.


The first doctor with Allegretto 200 Hz in the U.S was Herman Sloane, M.D in Chicago and he is one of the pioneers of Allegretto 400 Hz as well.
The Alcon ALLEGRETTO WAVE® Eye-Q Excimer Laser, engineered by WaveLight, combines precision technology with excellent laser energy stability, high-quality components and reliability. Built with pioneering Wavefront Optimized® principles, PerfectPulse Technology® is designed to control each laser pulse from its generation to the exact point where it contacts the cornea. The ALLEGRETTO WAVE® Eye-Q Excimer laser platform aim to provide optimal laser vision correction for the physician and patient.

NIDEK - ( EC-5000 CX III ) Myopia, Hyperopia and Astigmatism

The first doctor with EC-500 CX III in the U.S was Rodolfo Rios, M.D in Delaware.
The EC-5000 CX III is one of the most reliable excimer lasers on the market today. The ergonomic EC-5000 CX III is designed to reduce or eliminate myopia and hyperopia, with or without astigmatism, and offers the latest in advanced technology. With a safe and reliable active eye tracker, permitting a safe and fast procedure.

Carl Zeiss Meditec - ( MEL 80 EXCIMER Laser ) not approved to treat hyperopia

One of the pioneers of MEL 80 in the U.S is Jon Dishler M.D in Colorado.
With the introduction of the MEL 80 EXCIMER Laser, enabling you to offer your patients optimal correction for nearsightedness and astigmatism.

Baush and Lomb - ( Zyoptix Custom )

The Zyoptix Laser use flying spot technology the Zyoptix® System, the world's leading wavefront-guided laser for personalized vision correction, allows surgeons in the United States to treat myopia up to -7.00 Diopters and astigmatism up to -3.00 Diopters. The Zyoptix® System combines both a 2mm and 1mm truncated Gaussian beam, with an active eye tracker for fast treatment times and a smooth stromal bed.

Page updated July 19, 2011