The Unit of Ophthalmology at Humanitas presents the new super laser for the treatment of myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia. The laser is a new formation that achieves results never before seen, improving the quality of vision and setting itself as alternative to corneal transplant.

“This laser is a forefront at the new center – says Prof. Paolo Vinciguerra, Head of Eye Center – it is extremely safe and effective, allowing you to achieve the greatest perception of the eye, sculpt the cornea with sub-micrometer precision all the while maintaining a natural form and correcting visual defect.”

Close-up of a young woman's eye

Personalized and less invasive operations with the Schwind Laser

The Excimer laser at the Unit of Ophthalmology at Humanitas integrates different and sophisticated technologies. The latest generation has been developed with ad-hoc software, in collaboration with the team at the Center, for the purpose of correcting visual defects (myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia) in a less invasive manner and preserving the cornea as much as possible through a 60 second intervention.

The addition of a sophisticated tracking system (eye tracking)  takes into account all the possible involuntary eye movements in all 6 reference planes (right, left, up, down, forward, backward, circular and angular) during the operation for a more rapid and precise intervention.

The laser also has a sophisticated OCT system (optical coherence tomography), which allows high resolution images of the eye to be obtained. These images are used during the operating phase so that it is possible to constantly monitor the exact thickness of the cornea and check the progress of the intervention. Therefore, the use of the OTC system in transepithelial treatment allows accurate measurement of the thickness – usually not homogenous –of the corneal epithelium, allowing a less painful and quicker postoperative recovery.

The extreme precision of the new laser at the Unit of Ophthalmology at Humanitas also provides alternative treatments to corneal transplant by destroying the diseased area of the corneal tissue or creating the right position for the lamellar graft. Moreover, its action can be regulated with two different degrees of intensity: a stronger degree for rapid removal of the diseased area and a less intense degree for perfect smoothness of the surface of the cornea.

In addition, there is also an automated system for removal of the vapors produced during the operation, which are completely removed without drying the cornea. Its extreme rapidity should not be overlooked, with which an intervention can be performed with great versatility. This makes it possible to correct visual defects that could not be corrected before, making this tool one of the most accurate lasers in the world.

A specially developed application in collaboration with Humanitas finally allows the combination of cross linking (corneal photodynamic intervention) for the treatment of keratoconus, by reinforcing the corneal surface and evading the need for corneal transplant.

For more information on refractive surgery with Excimer Laser, click here