Dr. Gregory A. Stainer, a highly trained LASIK surgeon, knows that good communication between patient and doctor is essential for success. Dr. Stainer will take the time to learn exactly what your wishes are for improvement, and then explain in detail what you can expect during and after the LASIK eye surgery procedure.
Dr. Stainer has been involved with refractive surgery since he began his Corneal Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego in 1980. He has co-authored several scientific papers on radial keratotomy and LASIK, and has spoken at several seminars advocating the LASIK procedure. Dr. Stainer was the first Bakersfield, California LASIK surgeon to perform LASIK eye surgery and has instructed many local ophthalmologists on how to improve their technique with his procedure.
IntraLase® is an ultra-precise laser that can help create the clearest vision possible.
Dr. Stainer is proud to be the first to offer Intralase™ blade free LASIK to Bakersfield California. Intralase™ blade-free technology utilizes a femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap, the first step in the LASIK procedure. Intralase™ provides a safer, more precise corneal flap that was previously achieved with a mechanical microkeratome. Our team can help determine if you are a suitable candidate.
Excimer lasers aren't all the same. The Allegretto Wave™ Eye-Q laser system offers our patients increased speed and accuracy. The Allegretto represents a new generation of refractive technology, and is the only system specifically designed for Custom LASIK from its inception, rather than being adapted or "upgraded" at a later date. Wavelight's Allegretto represents a new generation of refractive technology referred to as "High Performance Vision Correction," that allows patients to achieve exceptional results under all lighting situations, day and night, reducing incidents of "halos" and glare.
PerfectPulse Technology represents a new approach to laser vision correction – it accounts for speed, precision, and safety in the Allegretto Wave™ Eye-Q Excimer Laser System and offers improvements that are revolutionary in the field. Smart energy control measures and adjusts energy levels in the laser pulse from creation to delivery. As a result, every laser pulse is completely controlled and accurate, achieving the most accurate level of correction possible.
One of the most innovative features of the Allegretto Wave™ Eye-Q is the way it uses wavefront-optimized technology to automatically compensate for the curvature of the cornea. In earlier laser correction systems, the "optical zone," or area of correction, was centered on the front of the cornea; the result was a flattened circular area that ended with an abrupt edge, causing unwanted side effects like poor night vision, glare, and halos. Using wavefront-optimized technology allows a truly customized treatment.
Due to the remarkable speed of both the eye and the Allegretto Wave™ Eye-Q procedure, the laser beam needs to be constantly and minutely adjusted to the position of the eye at any given time. Every 4-6 milliseconds, the eye's location is measured and the internal mirrors of the Allegretto Wave™ Eye-Q are automatically aligned. Right before the pulse is released, a second check is made to confirm that the eye has not moved. This happens 400 times every second, once for every laser pulse released. If, at any time, the eye moves too quickly to be measured or moves out of range, the laser will stop and wait for the eye to move back into position.
Currently, the Allegretto Wave™ Eye-Q Excimer Laser System is the fastest vision correction laser available in the United States. At 400 treatment pulses per second, it only takes about two seconds of treatment to correct one diopter. This means most treatments are over in a matter of seconds, increasing patient comfort and reducing anxiety.
You can have peace of mind that the amount of energy in the laser has been calibrated to exactly the right level. After the beam has been created, it passes through three checkpoints on its way to your eye. At each of these points, the energy level is checked and adjusted if necessary, ensuring that the laser beam energy is perfect at its destination.
Photorefractive Keratectomy, or PRK, is another method of surgically reshaping the cornea using the excimer laser and is used in circumstances when LASIK cannot be safely performed. The PRK specialists at our Bakersfield, California clinic will determine whether you are a candidate for either procedure. PRK is a form of refractive surgery, similar to LASIK. The main difference between LASIK and PRK is that during PRK, the corneal flap is not created and the procedure is performed on the outer surface of the cornea. Most patients are candidates for LASIK, however PRK is the best option for some.
Dr. Stainer and the staff of Southwest Eye Care and Laser have made a name for themselves as pioneers in the advancement of eye care. Dr. Stainer has been in private practice for over 25 years and is a proud member of his community. He was the first to perform LASIK eye surgery in Bakersfield, and has continued to pursue new developments in quality eye care, such as the intraocular and implantable contact lens.
Most people will have excellent results with LASIK. However, not everyone should have laser vision correction. For many people the safest and best option is an implantable contact lens. The Visian ICL is an FDA approved lens implant than can correct moderate to very high amounts of nearsightedness (Myopia). Dr Stainer has been performing this vision correction surgery for over two years with great success. If you have been told you are not a good LASIK candidate, call today for a consultation at Southwest Eyecare and Laser to see if the ICL is an option for you.
Contact our Bakersfield, California LASIK surgeon, to schedule your consultation for LASIK, PRK, or ICL eye surgery.