Pioneering and innovative procedures require commitment to invest in the latest technology. On the inside of development and as an advisor and reference centre to the ophthalmic industry, Centre for Sight have consistently introduced new innovative technology to the UK — technology that has subsequently been adopted by other practices.
These ‘firsts’ include the introduction of Intralase blade-free LASIK laser eye surgery over eighteen months before any other UK provider — a procedure since acknowledged as the most advanced and safest laser eye surgery procedures currently available and approved for US fighter pilots and NASA astronauts.
Technology is only as good as the user
There is no doubt that technology is important, however even more important is understanding of the technology and what it can achieve as well as personalising the treatment to each individual eye. This is where Centre for Sight excels. All Centre for Sight surgeons are fellowship trained in the Cornea, which is the structure that is modified by laser eye surgery. Their phenomenal understanding of corneal shape, anatomy, physiology and responses to healing combined with intimate understanding of the capabilities (and limitations) of the technology optimises both outcomes and enhances safety.
Our most recent aquisition is the Victus femtosecond cataract laser, which has changed the way we perform cataract and refractive lens exchange surgery, improving not only the precision, but most importantly patient safety.
EXCIMER LASER – 217P – Zyoptix Platform
Technolas Perfect Vision Laser to the new P1 laser. This is the laser that reshapes the cornea. Centre for Sight has since 1999 been a reference centre for this laser platform. The medical director has worked closely with the company and has contributed to many features of the laser. The Zyoptix Wavefront Aspheric treatment uses Intralase for flap creation has been a giant leap forward with patients obtaining phenomenal visual outcomes, including a GAIN or improvement in lines of vision as well as improved contrast. The laser also has one of the most advanced tracking systems available and uses iris recognition.
Advanced Control Eye Tracker – Iris recognition & registration
Iris recognition, similar to that used in security installations, is used to register and track the eye in four directions. This technology ensures absolute precision in laser delivery. It also has the benefit of recognising the eye, eliminating any possibility of treatment errors – a further safety feature. The Advanced Control Eyetracker – yet another UK first for Centre for Sight, is faster than the previous version and able to dynamically follow the eye if it rotates.
Intralase Femtosecond laser
The Intralase Femtosecond laser was FIRST made available to patients in the UK by Centre for Sight in August 2004, over 18 months before any other clinic.
In keeping with our leadership role, we have now made considerable additional investment in the latest and Intralase iFS Femtosecond laser.
Zyoptix Dual Work Station
This instrument evaluates the cornea in 3 dimensions and assists examination of your eyes at consultation. Images captured using scanned slit beams of light are analysed mathematically to determine suitability for treatment, and assist in calculating your personalised treatment.
A state of the art aberrometer aquires wavefront data which is the eye’s unique optical profile and is used to customise wavefront treatments. Wavefront treatments are performed where felt to be appropriate by the treating surgeon and used in correction of short and longsight.
Although we have the Orbscan IIz we also use the Pentacam which uses a different method of acquiring similar data. The two correlate well, however the Pentacam has some advantages which helps your consultant make decisions with confidence. In addition to 3 dimensional corneal data, the device images the cornea and the anterior chamber, which helps determine suitability for other procedures such as Phakic lenses and also provides data to calculate cataract lens implant power calculations for those who have had previous laser surgery.