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December 29, 2011

Boothe Eye Care & Lasik Information

Filed under: Boothe Eye Care — Doctor Boothe Eye @ 6:44 pm

Who invented LASIK?

The LASIK eye correction procedure can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Patients with myopia have a cornea that is shaped too steep, and those with hyperopia have a shape that is too flat. Both of these cases can be treated with Lasik. Patients who undergo Lasik procedures for vision correction are mostly satisfied with the outcome. Some patients were able to improve their vision to 20/20.

Traditional Lasik is performed using a laser-assisted in situ keramileusis. The cornea is reshaped using this excimer laser. This procedure includes 3 stages:
1. Creating the corneal flap
2. Lifting the flap and reshaping the cornea using the laser
3. Placing the flap back down

Jose Barraquer is considered the father of the surgical eye correction procedure. As a Columbia-based doctor he invented the procedure using keratomileusis, which became the precursors to laser vision correction procedure. Due to this technology, it was made possible to cut out flap in the cornea to alter its shape.

In the early 1930s Svyatoslav Nikolayevich Fyodorov, a Russian eye surgeon, was the first surgeons who invented radial keratotomy or performed incisions in the cornea in the radial pattern, similar as the spokes of a wheel. Though, Fyodorov did not invent refractive surgery, his work was a great contribution to the field of the laser eye surgery. Today, his formulations are used in developing nearly all laser eye technologies.

In 1960, Theodore Maiman developed the first laser known now as a ruby laser. A little later, in 1968 the California-based Northrop Corporation Research and Technology Center invented the first excimer laser. The creation of the excimer laser was the biggest breakthrough in the Lasik corrective surgery. It was later improved by Dr. Rangaswamy Srinivasan and his surgical team at IBM Research Labs in the early 1980s. Due to this perfected laser it became possible to etch the corneal tissue that needed to be fixed precisely, without harming surrounding areas.

The first patent for Lasik was presented in 1989. 6 years later, the FDA approved laser eye correction for nearsighted patients. Later on, the FDA approved this procedure for farsighted patients as well.

Now, Lasik eye surgery has become a worldwide vision correction option. Each year millions of people visit ophthalmology centers with the intent to improve their vision by laser eye procedure. Also the development in the laser surgery field is still ongoing. Because of this innovation in Lasik the laser surgery is performed more precisely and can be fully customizable.

Dr. William Boothe of Boothe Eye Care is the one of the most experienced refractive surgeons in the world. Since 1987, he has been a well-known corneal specialist. Dr. Boothe was among the first refractive specialists who had special training in vision correction techniques during his Fellowship. Also, he was one of the first surgeons who began perform laser eye surgery with a microkeratome and an FDA-approved excimer laser in Dallas. In 1999 he was named “VISX Surgeon of the Year”.

There more than 83,000 IntraLasik laser eye surgeries and over 121,000 Lasik vision corrective procedures performed at Boothe Eye Care. Dr. Boothe’s mission is to give people the light of life through laser eye surgery.

If you want to receive any additional information or have any questions regarding laser eye procedures as Lasik, IntraLasik or Wavefront technology, please contact Boothe Eye Care & Laser Center at (214) 328-0444.

December 20, 2011

Laser Eye Surgery At Boothe Eye Care

Filed under: Boothe Eye Care, boothe eyecare — Doctor Boothe Eye @ 7:11 pm

Laser surgery is a widespread surgical option that provides many benefits. There are many kinds of laser treatments that are used in various surgical fields. Laser procedures also have a significant role in eye surgeries and can help us to see better.

Patients who choose to undergo laser eye surgery now have the opportunity change their eye color.

Approximately in the middle of a laser eye procedure, brown eyes can turn blue if the laser is turned to a specific frequency. The brown pigment in the cornea can be gradually changed to a lighter pigment. Such a procedure will take a bit of time before the eyes fully turn blue. However, this unique procedure only works with a particular eye pigment. Patients with eye colors other than brown cannot reach a desirable outcome since only brown eyes have certain shades of blue color in them. During treatment the laser brings those hues forward.

The procedure to change eye colors is quite expensive in cost since it is a relatively new procedure. It has been in development for over a decade and will soon be available for patients. Within the next 3 years, it will most likely be available for patients starting at $5,000.

It is important to note that this particular laser procedure does not improve vision. Changing your eye pigmentation is considered a cosmetic laser treatment. If you want both procedures done, it will not be cheap, but it will be worth it. If you are interested in learning more about laser eye surgery, please visit Dr. Boothe at Boothe Eye Care.

December 12, 2011

Boothe Eye Care | Selecting Your Lasik Surgeon

Filed under: Boothe Eye Care — Doctor Boothe Eye @ 6:50 pm

The majority of the individuals who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses would like to undergo LASIK eye procedure. By undergoing a LASIK procedure, you can achieve complete freedom from eyeglasses or contact lenses. LASIK procedure has become a common vision correction method for people all over the world. LASIK is an effective and safe procedure for correcting refractive errors, if performed by an experienced and qualified surgeon. The chosen LASIK surgeon will perform many diagnostic tests in order to help you in achieving your goals for vision. Any surgical procedure in the eyes is risky and difficult as you cannot replace the vision, if anything went wrong. So, you have to find the best LASIK surgeon around.

Never consider the price before choosing your LASIK eye surgeon. Any kind of surgery should not be chosen based on price. It is always better to choose to undergo a procedure when you are able to afford it. You must beware of surgeons who are offering their service at a cheaper price. Always consider a surgeon who is well known in and around your area. Before considering a consultation with the doctor, you should spend some time to research the experience, credentials, and background of the surgeon.

Experience is the most important factor you have to consider. While considering the experience you should understand the number of surgical procedures performed by the chosen surgeon. You should also know how long the surgeon has been in the business and find out whether his/her patients are satisfied with the treatment. Your doctor must be a person who will understand what procedure is or is not suitable for your individual needs.

Before making a decision, you can ask the surgeon questions regarding his practice. You can ask whether he had rejected people who are not ideal candidates for the surgery and reasons why they were not suitable for LASIK. A LASIK surgeon who is good at his procedures will definitely turn down patients not suitable for the procedure. You should check with friends or previous patients whether the clinic staffs are quick in response to the questions asked by the patients. Reputation of the doctor is important as it provides you information about the surgical skills and qualifications of the surgeon.

You also have to check whether the surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. The certification indicates the knowledge, skill, and experience of the surgeon. Experience also should be counted as there will be a decrease in the rate of complications when the LASIK eye procedure is handled by an experienced surgeon. Dr. Boothe is a well-known corneal specialist who has completed over 99,000 LASIK eye procedures. Dr. William Boothe is a board certified physician by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has memberships in many professional organizations and only uses the latest technologies to perform the LASIK eye procedure at Boothe Eye Care.

December 7, 2011

Boothe Eye Care iLasik Procedure | Dr. Boothe & iLasik

Filed under: Boothe Eye Care — Doctor Boothe Eye @ 6:12 pm

iLASIK is the most advanced and safest LASIK procedure because it is a blade-free procedure. This procedure is among the most accurate medical procedures since it uses separate lasers for performing each part of the surgery. It is a 100% customized treatment as it can treat unique characteristics of every eye. The iLASIK eye procedure is the only laser procedure approved by NASA and is trusted by US military branches. iLASIK can treat even high order aberrations so patients can enjoy great vision without using contact lenses and eye glasses.

According to Dr. William Boothe, most patients are experience 20/20 vision or better after the surgery. During your initial consultation at Boothe Eye Care with Dr. Boothe, he will conduct a complete eye check-up to understand the level of aberrations. First, he creates a 3D map of the eye by using the most advanced WaveScan technology. The WaveScan technology can find even the slightest aberrations of the eyes so that each eye will get a fully customized treatment.

After taking the measurements of the eyes, the IntraLase laser is used to create the corneal flap. Our doctor will be controlling the laser to determine the diameter of the flap, depth of the cut, hinge, and width of the flap. These factors will vary from patient to patient.

Then, advanced CustomVue technology is performed using Visx Star S4 IR system for corneal reshaping. The Visx Star S4 consists of an eye tracker which tracks the movements of the eye precisely during the surgical procedure. The unique imperfections are corrected using Custom Vue technology. The precision of the procedure depends on the accuracy of measurements delivered by the WaveScan System. The iLASIK procedure provides personalized treatment by preserving most of the corneal tissues. This procedure requires less amount of recovery time and the patients will experience only reduced amount of vision fluctuations during the time of recovery. The patient will experience fewer amount of glare and halo problems in comparison with other LASIK eye procedures. The requirement of enhancement surgery is also less when compared to other LASIK eye procedures.

Before performing the procedure, Dr. Boothe will put numbing eye drops in the eyes to make it a painless procedure. The iLASIK procedure is approved by FDA for the treatment of astigmatism, myopia, and hyperopia. To know whether you are an ideal candidate for the iLASIK procedure, come to Boothe Eye Care for a consultation with Dr. William Boothe.

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