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Better Than Glasses or Contact Lenses?

The clinical studies presented to the FDA show that the Advanced CustomVue procedure can potentially produce better vision than is possible with glasses or contact lenses. These results are possible because of the combination of technology and mathematical formulas VISX Technology™ uses to design an individualized Advanced CustomVue treatment.

94% May Benefit

The Advanced CustomVue laser vision correction treatment from AMO is FDA-approved to potentially benefit up to 94 percent* of patients eligible for laser vision correction. That includes people who are nearsighted or farsighted – with or without all forms of astigmatism, including mixed astigmatism. Most recently, the FDA approved Advanced CustomVue treatment for patients who are extremely nearsighted – up to 11 diopters of correction.

Better Than Glasses or Contact Lenses?

The clinical studies presented to the FDA show that the Advanced CustomVue procedure can potentially produce better vision than is possible with glasses or contact lenses. These results are possible because of the combination of technology and mathematical formulas VISX Technology uses to design an individualized Advanced CustomVue treatment.

Tailored to Your Eyes

The Advanced CustomVue procedure offers a level of accuracy, safety and customization never before possible with laser vision correction. Special high-technology tools allow us to precisely measure and correct the imperfections in each eye, which means treatment is uniquely tailored to the individual. We’re delighted to be able to offer the Advanced CustomVue procedure. With the FDA approvals to treat so many vision conditions, we look forward to helping people who may have been waiting for this day to arrive.

Contact-Free Living

Imagine being able to play sports, swim, drive, or just fall asleep without worrying about your contact lenses. No more lost, torn, dried out, or dirty contact lenses. No more hassles. No more time wasted putting in or taking out contacts.

If the idea of disposing of your contact lenses – permanently – appeals to you, the Advanced CustomVue™ procedure could be your answer. After experiencing Advanced CustomVue treatment, more than 91 percent of patients tested were as satisfied or more satisfied with their vision than they were when wearing glasses or contacts before treatment.

If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about the Advanced CustomVue procedure, please call us at (850) 298-8410. * Market Scope Data, U.S. Vision Population, 21 Years of Age or Older, 2005.

The Advanced CustomVue™ Procedure
Takes LASIK to the Next Level

When Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) acquired VISX in 2005, it gained a legacy of history-making innovation that led VISX to introduce laser vision correction in 1996. At first, doctors and patients were understandably skeptical about using lasers on eyes. As time passed and favorable results increased, growing acceptance remained tempered by the narrow range of indications, lack of certainty that every patient treated would experience the same level of improvement, and a small but persistent percentage of patients who experienced side effects such as halos or blurry night vision.

Reinventing LASIK

VISX’s LASIK treatment gained FDA approval in 1999, reducing patient recovery times. Wavefront technology appeared in 2000 and transformed laser vision correction, similar perhaps to the way minimally invasive endoscopic (arthroscopic) devices changed knee and other surgeries. Wavefront technology allowed doctors to measure and create a remarkably precise digital map of the optical system showing lower and higher order aberrations.

Reinventing LASIK

The benefit of wavefront technology was realized when VISX refined it using proprietary Fourier algorithms and integrated it with their STAR™ Excimer laser technology. The new VISX Technology™ system both measured each eye’s unique imperfections and created a treatment plan that fed directly into the laser, delivering a completely customized treatment to each eye. The CustomVue™ wavefront-guided LASIK procedure was approved by the FDA in 2003, initially for treating mild myopia with or without astigmatism.

What If… ?

To appreciate the revolutionary change the CustomVue procedure brought to LASIK, imagine the difference a similar technology could make to your practice. Consider how different your practice might be if you could create a precise digital map of your patients’ corneal surfaces and feed that data into a machine that would custom create optically perfect glasses or contact lenses that accurately corrected lower and higher order optical aberration - in each eye. That’s essentially what VISX Technology did for LASIK when the company combined excimer laser and wavefront technologies.

The Next Generation:
The Advanced CustomVue Procedure

VISX Technology didn’t stop at the CustomVue procedure. Over the next few years, the company added new advances to its STAR S4™ laser including:

Iris Registration (IR) - The first FDA approved, fully automated, non-contact method of alignment of the correct CustomVue treatment to the corneal site

Variable Spot Scanning (VSS™) - Variable beam sizes from as small as 0.65 mm up to 6.5 mm scanned over the treatment area, conserving tissue and optimizing treatment times

Variable Repetition Rate (VRR™) - VRR delivers treatment at varying repetition rates, optimizing treatment time

ActiveTrak™ 3-D Active Eye Tracking - Captures all 3 dimensions of intra-operative eye movements - no dilation required

ActiveTrak Automatic Centering - Locates, and then automatically sets the treatment center to the center of the pupil

The STAR S4 IR™ laser incorporates these advanced technologies into the Advanced CustomVue treatment, delivering the highest level of precision and accuracy ever achieved. Surgeons rate the Advanced CustomVue procedure as the most effective advanced laser treatment available today,* and it is FDA approved to treat the broadest range of indications: including hyperopia, all forms of astigmatism, and myopia up to 11 diopters of correction. Results of the clinical trials for all indications showed that one year later:

More than 95 percent could pass a driving test without glasses or contact lenses

Almost three quarters could see 20/20 or better without glasses or contact lenses

The vast majority were satisfied or very satisfied with yheir night vision after treatment compared to night vision before treatment with glasses or contact lenses

For your patients who are considering LASIK, or who you feel could benefit from laser vision correction, ensure they choose the Advanced CustomVue procedure from AMO. After all, your patients are used to the best!

* Market Scope 2006 Annual Refractive Surgeon Survey

LASIK vs. Contact Lenses: Which Is Safer?

Patient safety is always the focus for doctors considering referring patients to laser vision correction. Advances in laser procedures have turned the tide on safety, according to a study published in the October 2006 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, potentially making LASIK the safer choice. The study’s author, William Mathers, M.D., and his associates at the Oregon Health and Science University’s Casey Eye Institute came to the conclusion after reviewing several studies of contact lenses and LASIK complications. Among its conclusions, the study found:

Daily contact lens wearers have approximately a 1-in-100 (1 percent) risk of developing a serious contact lens-related eye infection over 30 years of use and a 1-in-2,000 chance of infection resulting in significant vision loss.

By contrast, LASIK patients have only about a 1-in-10,000 (0.001 percent) chance of significant vision loss.

According to Mathers, the difficulty in comparing the two vision correction approaches is that problems with LASIK tend to develop immediately, while issues with contact lenses accumulate over time. While Mathers’ study shows that many contact lens problems can be attributed to incorrect wear, especially sleeping overnight wearing contact lenses, he is quick to point out that problems with contact lenses can develop even if the wearer does everything right

Surgeons Rate The Advanced CustomVue™ Procedure Most Effective,
Prefer VISX Technology Lasers

Vision Correction Procedure Market Share

Surgeons Rate The Advanced CustomVue™ Procedure Most Effective, Prefer VISX Technology Lasers According to Market Scope, Inc.’s 2006 Annual Refractive Surgeon Survey, twice as many surgeons rated the Advanced CustomVue procedure as the most effective advanced laser treatment technique when compared to other leading advanced treatments.