Dr. Cutarelli was the first LASIK surgeon in the Denver area to offer his patients All Laser LASIK – utilizing the most exciting combination of technological LASIK advancements, delivering the best possible visual outcomes and the sharpest laser vision correction possible. Cutarelli Vision is a leader in LASIK surgery in Colorado. People travel from across the country to receive our expert care. If you’re in Colorado and seeking world-class LASIK, Denver & Fort Collins are your destinations – visit Cutarelli Vision today.
The Total Laser Approach to LASIK
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“Our patients appreciate the safety of Intralase and the improved quality of vision from CustomVue”
Paul E. Cutarelli, MD
LASIK has literally changed the lives of millions of people.
LASIK is a nearly painless procedure and has been FDA approved for well over a decade. LASIK patient satisfaction rate rivals that of any other medical procedure.
The Denver area is home to more individuals who have received LASIK eye surgery than any other region, and 98% of the participants in the original FDA clinical study had uncorrected vision of 20/20 after their procedure!
Individualized LASIK just for YOU!
Cutarelli Vision owns the most advanced custom LASIK technology in the greater Denver area which allows each patient to receive customized LASIK treatment individualized according to their unique vision and eye anatomy.
The Cutarelli Vision procedure consists of four steps:
- Acquire: Data on the patient’s wavefront error is collected with the AMO WaveScan WaveFront System.
- Design: A customized treatment is designed using the data collected on the unique characteristics of the patient’s eye with unique proprietary algorithms.
- Align: The treatment is aligned to the patient’s eye using Iris Registration technology, which links diagnostic information to the treatment delivered during the Advanced CustomVue procedure.
- Deliver: Using VSS and VRR technologies ensures the intricate shapes reconstructed by the Fourier wavefront algorithm are precisely ablated by the STAR S4 IR Excimer Laser System.
Step 1: Measuring The Eye For LASIK
Just like a fingerprint, your vision is 100 percent unique to your eyes. Many eye doctors only measure two values to correct vision using LASIK, meaning that your eye prescription could only provide a minimum level of correction regardless of your individual needs. Often, this leads to several more attempts to “fine-tune” the patient’s vision using LASIK. However, with the advent of the VISX WaveScan-based digital technology, Dr. Cutarelli can now identify, measure and address imperfections in your eyes 25 times more precisely than with more common methods.
Depending on your personal best-possible results, Dr. Cutarelli can measure and correct the unique imperfections of your vision using LASIK and provide the potential to experience better vision than is possible with glasses or contact lenses, most often to 20/20 and even beyond!
WaveScan’s wavefront technology was originally developed for use in high-powered telescopes to reduce distortions when viewing distant objects in space. Using this technology, Dr. Cutarelli can detect and measure the optical distortions unique to your entire optical system.
Light travels in a procession of flat sheets known as wavefronts. Gentle wavefront lights enter the eye, pass through the entire optical system (cornea, lens and retina) and are then reflected back into the WaveScan sensors.
The WaveScan system compares the reflected wavefronts with the original unaltered wavefronts. This produces a fingerprint of your vision, or WavePrint map. This information is then transferred to the VISX Star S4 excimer laser and is used as a guide to reshape the cornea during your laser vision treatment.
Step 2: Making The Flap
LASIK involves making a flap in the cornea and reshaping its inner tissue. IntraLASIK adds a tremendous amount of precision and safety by using a laser (not a razor) to create the LASIK flap. The Intralase femtosecond laser beam passes harmlessly through the outer layers of the cornea until it reaches its exact focal point within the cornea.
In seconds, with computer precision and high-speed delivery of 15,000 spots per second, the Intralase laser delivers over a million pulses as it gently separates the layers of corneal tissue and creates a customized flap of the desired thickness, size, orientation and location. After treatment, the flap is folded back into its original position where it bonds without the need for stitches.
This unprecedented level of control makes LASIK safer and allows more patients to qualify for LASIK. The level of accuracy, precision, control, and safety with the Intralase laser is simply impossible to achieve with a mechanical microkeratome.
Step 3: Customizing the LASIK Laser Treatment
CustomVue is the process of reshaping your cornea using your individualized wavefront measurements to give you your Personal Best Vision.
One year after the CustomVue procedure, LASIK patients in a clinical study reported these great results without glasses and contact lenses:
- 100% could pass a driving test
- 98% could see 20/20 or better
- 70% could see better than 20/20
Your unique correction information is transferred from the WaveScan to the VISX Star S4 excimer laser and guides the laser throughout the procedure.
The cool beam from the laser gently reshapes the cornea, removing microscopic amounts of tissue – less than the thickness of a human hair in most casts – to create a new curvature. During the procedure, the 3D ActiveTrak eye tracker follows the eye’s tiniest moves. It automatically repositions the laser to keep the laser focused where Dr. Cutarelli wants it, so you can completely relax during the procedure.
If you would like to read a more detailed, step-by-step explanation of what to expect before, during and after the LASIK eye surgery procedure, please check out our LASIK Eye Surgery Steps page.
What are the Benefits of LASIK for You?
- With the precession of LASIK eye surgery, laser vision correction is now an even safer and more predictable procedure.
- Custom-tailored precise corneal flap creation – especially important for patients with thin or misshapen corneas
- Safer intra-operative procedure
- Reduces risk of unwanted visual side effects
- More likely to achieve 20/20 or better vision