Not all technology is created equal. Dr. Mozayeni has done his research to identify the newest and best technology available that will enable him to provide the best patient care and deliver the best results.
In addition to our lasers, Dr. Mozayeni has invested in the Pentacam® corneal topography system. This piece of equipment allows Dr. Mozayeni to learn everything about your corneas that he needs to know. By looking straight at the green light at the end of what appears to be a long black tunnel the Pentacam can take a “picture” of your cornea. With this picture Dr. Mozayeni can study the shape, thickness, contour, and structural integrity of your cornea. Providence Eye & Laser Specialists is one of few LASIK practices in the region offering this state of the art micro-imaging technology.
This information is critical in knowing if you are a candidate for LASIK and is the number one reason why Dr. Mozayeni might recommend not having the procedure or having PRK – no flap LASIK.
The introduction of the Pentacam allowed Dr. Mozayeni to replace the Orbscan, which is now considered by the experts to no longer be state of the art. The Orbscan for many years was the best methodology available to evaluate the cornea for laser vision correction. However, it fell short in performance particularly when evaluating thin corneas. It is these patients with thin corneas for which the data is most critical.
The Pentacam takes images of your cornea by using a rotating camera thus producing a 3D photo of the interior part of your eye. When evaluating patients for LASIK one of the key pieces of data is elevation analysis at the center of the cornea, and with this rotating camera that measurement is very precise. These photos take less than 5 seconds per eye and during this short period up to 25,000 elevation points on your cornea are measured!
Here is an example of what this picture looks like. You can see that it looks like a topography map. And in fact it is, the topography of your cornea, but also much more as it provides information about corneal thickness, structural integrity and strength.