The Latest Advances in Laser Eye Surgery

If you are interested in having laser eye surgery in Minneapolis, there has never been a better time than right now. The latest advancements have made laser eye surgery more precise, efficient, and affordable than in years past, and Claris Eye Care & Surgery is here to help you see your way to a clearer future.

Although laser eye surgery was popularized around 15 years ago and considered a miraculous procedure even then, the newest techniques in modern medicine continue to
innovate providing new and exciting advancements. Today eye care specialists are relying on the efficacy and accuracy of this cutting edge technology. These beneficial advancements for laser eye surgery patients have made it one of the most popular surgical procedures in the United States.

Laser eye surgery refers to any surgical procedure used to correct vision problems. Refractive laser eye surgery is also called laser vision correction and refers to those procedures that correct poor vision due to nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Some of these laser vision correction surgeries work by reshaping the cornea so that light traveling through it is properly focused onto the retina located in the back of the eye. Others involve replacing the eye’s natural lens. The three most common types of laser eye surgeries are called LASIKLASEK, and PRK.

Here are some of the areas of progression and advancement in the field of laser vision correction:

Wavefront Technology

advances in laser eye surgery

WaveFront Mapping for Laser Eye Surgery

Incredibly accurate pictures of the cornea can be taken by using light waves and mapping the corneal surface as the waves bounce back. This procedure, known as wavefront technology, can detect incredibly small imperfections allowing a surgeon to be even more precise. At the Claris Eye Care & Surgery in Minneapolis, LASIK, PRK and LASEK are performed with the addition of computer imaging called WaveScan®, a digital technology that identifies and measures imperfections in eyes 25 times more precisely than standard methods. Dr. Carlson utilizes the VISX STAR S4 IR laser, the most advanced laser technology platform available today. By integrating data collected by the WaveScan® Wavefront system, the STAR S4 IR utilizes exclusive VISX technology to deliver precise custom laser surgery. The powerful WaveScan® software then translates the information into a set of CustomVue® treatment instructions for the laser, driving a new level of precision and accuracy.

Next Gen Lasers/ IntraLase

Most laser eye surgeries are now done using the IntraLase, a laser to cut a precise flap, as well as a laser to repair the corneal imperfections. Back in the beginning, the first generation of lntraLase lasers used only 15 kHz femtosecond lasers, which took about one minute to create the flap necessary for the procedure. Now in their fourth generation, these machines use 60 kHz femtosecond lasers, which only take about 20 seconds for the same exact procedure allowing for faster procedure times.

Eye Tracking

If you were asked to stare at a dot on the wall, your eye would appear to be still. However, eye muscles would still be participating in involuntary moments. The newest eye tracking technology, allows Dr. Carlson’s laser to more accurately follow the eye’s involuntary movements, which enhances the outcome of the laser eye procedures.

The Results: Better-than-Ever Visual Acuity

Everybody knows the phrase “20/20 vision,” which refers to the farthest distance a person with healthy vision can stand and see a line of letters on a vision chart. With the newest advances in laser eye surgery, 20/15 and 20/10 vision are the “new 20/20.”

The Best of Laser Eye Surgery Available in Minneapolis

The team at Claris Eye Care & Surgery have decades of cumulative experience working with thousands of patients. But, most importantly, they know what it means for you as a patient to entrust them with your health. They really take the time to help you identify and understand your options and put your mind at ease. Thanks to the extraordinary success rate with laser eye surgery at Claris Eye Care & Surgery, a multitude of patients report seeing things more clearly than they have at any other time in their lives. Dr. Carlson is a prominent and sought after eye surgeon and has proven to be the best possible choice for laser eye surgery in Minneapolis.

Dr. Carlson performs all procedures exclusively at the highly specialized Phillips Eye Institute in Minnesota. People from a five-state region come to the Phillips Eye Institute for an array of services, from diagnostic tests and vision rehabilitation to laser eye treatments and specialized eye surgery.

If you have questions about any of the laser eye surgery procedures listed above, Dr. Carlson and his team welcome your visit to discuss these and to determine which is right for you. To schedule a treatment, please contact us at 612.775.8009 or by email at

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