Houston LASIK Surgeon Bernard Milstein, M.D. offered some thoughts and comments on LASIK and how the Zeiss VisuMax® Laser is expected to make All Laser LASIK even more comfortable for patients.

Dr. Milstein explained, “I have spent a considerable amount of time in the past 20 years treating about 10,000 refractive patients and learning what is important to them. Because I see and examine every patient myself, both before and after surgery, I believe I am well attuned to what patients are interested in when they have refractive surgery.

There are three major concerns for most people, they are: pain and discomfort, accuracy of treatment and cost. These are all reasonable concerns and we have spent the past 20 years trying to satisfy those concerns.

When excimer laser refractive surgery was first introduced, the procedure was called Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK. It was very predictable in the result it produced, but it also very predictably caused significant discomfort. In an effort to reduce the discomfort, a corneal flap was created using an instrument called a microkeratome. This is the current procedure we refer to as LASIK. But whether a LASIK flap is created by a microkeratome, or an IntraLase laser, there can be some discomfort and pressure produced at the time of the procedure.

We now have a new laser that can very gently create a corneal flap, the Zeiss VisuMax® Laser. Because of its unique design, engineering and Zeiss optics, it promises to provide a more comfortable and virtually painless procedure.

There are approximately 300 Zeiss VisuMax® Laser being used throughout the world, but Zeiss has only recently decided to enter the American market. At The Eye Clinic of Texas, our Zeiss VisuMax® Laser is the 12th one installed in the U.S. We are very pleased to be among the first to offer this innovation with improved technology. We are quite excited and believe that this helps to address one of the significant obstacles for people who want to have refractive surgery – fear of pain and discomfort.”

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about Zeiss VisuMax® LASIK at The Eye Clinic of Texas or to schedule a Free LASIK Consultation please call us at 800-423-3937 or e-mail Amy Trittel at atrittel@ecot.com.