Dell Laser Consultants was established to provide absolute state-of-the-art care in the field of refractive surgery. We realize that you only have one set of eyes, and they deserve the best. From the moment you walk in the door, it will be apparent to you that we take this responsibility seriously. With the very finest technology available, and a caring and professional staff, we are dedicated to surgical excellence. Dr. Dell’s consulting relationships with a variety of ophthalmic companies allow us to offer many new technologies, often years before they are available elsewhere. Through these relationships, we are able to offer the widest technological array of different excimer lasers and diagnostic equipment available anywhere in Austin.
Each of our laser treatment suites is equipped with a highly sophisticated Liebert environmental control system. These industrial systems are used in sensitive computer data centers, microchip clean rooms, and industrial settings. They are used to control every aspect of the temperature, humidity and air filtration system in the laser suite. The importance of this might not be immediately obvious until you learn that even small changes in the density of the air in the laser suite can affect the outcome of the procedure. You will not find anything resembling this level of technology in most laser centers.
The excimer lasers we use in laser vision correction are incredibly sensitive pieces of equipment. Each one consists of highly sensitive optics, precisely aligned mirrors, sophisticated electronics and computer control systems. Even the slightest movement of the laser requires a factory technician to completely recalibrate the device. Schedule a complimentary screening at Dell Laser Consultants and see for yourself why we believe we offer the finest care available anywhere.
The Institute for Dry Eye Research
Dry eye syndrome is a concern for as many as 50 million Americans. The chronic condition can affect an individual at any age, and wearing contact lenses can increase the risk of developing dry eye. The most common eye disorder, dry eye syndrome can significantly impact one’s daily life by causing physical discomfort and reducing vision quality. Symptoms of dry eye syndrome vary broadly, and the signs of illness can overlap with other conditions, making diagnosis difficult for many ophthalmologists. At the Institute for Dry Eye Research at Dell Laser Consultants, our team is comprised of highly trained and experienced vision specialists who utilize the most advanced techniques and technology available. As a result, we are able to quickly identify and effectively address dry eye syndrome.
Although the causes and symptoms of dry eye syndrome are often complex, treatment can be simple. Sometimes utilizing medicated eye drops or changes in diet will be sufficient to alleviate the concern. However, every case is unique, and accurate diagnosis and an appropriate therapeutic response will be necessary to achieve the desired outcome. We have many distinct diagnostic tests available to precisely pinpoint the cause or causes of dry eye syndrome in each patient. With this information, we can develop a customized treatment plan designed with each individual’s needs in mind.
For more information about dry eye syndrome and our Institute for Dry Eye Research, please contact us today. We can answer questions or help you schedule a complimentary screening.
The Intralase Femtosecond Laser
Our goal is to offer the very best technology and clinical expertise to achieve the best results possible. A significant technological advance in laser vision correction involves use of the Intralase. For patients undergoing LASIK, there are two ways to create the corneal flap during the procedure, “Traditional LASIK” and “Intralase LASIK”. Traditional LASIK involves the use of a blade to create the flap, and then a laser is used under the flap to reshape the eye and correct vision. Dr. Dell has performed several thousand such procedures with excellent results. Intralase LASIK actually uses a laser to create the flap, with no blade required.
In certain patients, the Intralase may provide an even more precise result with better vision and an increased margin of safety. Dry eye symptoms after surgery may be less significant with the Intralase as well. Intralase combined with Custom Wavefront LASIK has produced some of the best results ever achieved with laser vision correction. Not all patients are candidates for this technology. In a research study of patients treated with one eye using Traditional LASIK, and the other eye using Intralase LASIK, patients stating a preference preferred the vision in their Intralase eye 3 to 1 over the Traditional LASIK eye. Which is best for you? Dr. Dell will provide a recommendation based upon the individual characteristics of your case.
Procyon Dynamic Infrared Pupillometry
Night glare can result from less expensive, older generation lasers. We use the finest lasers available, and always use the Procyon Pupillometer, the most sophisticated method devised to measure maximum pupil size in near total darkness. Dr. Dell was one of the first surgeons in the United States to offer this incredible technology, and in Austin it is still only available from Dell Laser Consultants.
The Pentacam is a highly sophisticated instrument capable of obtaining images of the front portion of the eye by means of a rotating Scheimpflug camera. This rotating process supplies pictures in three dimensions. By measuring 25,000 true elevation points, detailed information about the eye can be obtained in a fashion that is impossible with other technology. The Pentacam helps us better determine the most appropriate method for treating your eyes. This type of instrument is not available at most laser centers, and is yet another example of how we strive to have the very best technology available.
At Dell Laser Consultants, we use advanced wavefront analyzers to maps the entire optical path of your eye, including the tiny distortions and imperfections naturally present in all eyes. This is effectively a unique “fingerprint of your vision,” and provides us with extremely precise and detailed information about your vision. The technology involved is highly complex, and is based upon mathematical techniques used to improve the performance and image quality of deep space telescopes. This customized unique map of your eye is then loaded into the computer of the excimer laser, which generates a wavefront customized treatment appropriate for the individual “fingerprint” of your eye.
Why We Use So Many Different Technologies
Most laser clinics use one laser to treat everyone, which is understandable considering that they can cost several hundred thousand dollars a piece. Through consulting arrangements with various ophthalmic companies, Dr. Dell is able to offer an extremely wide array of technology. We use multiple laser systems, wavefront analyzers and corneal imaging devices. Each of these devices has its advantages, and Dr. Dell will select the best technology for each patient.
Dell Laser Consultants continues to lead the nation in research and studies into Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking, also called Cross-Linking or CXL. If you or anyone you know has been diagnosed with keratoconus (a progressive disorder that causes corneal thinning and eye reshaping) or corneal ectasia (an umbrella term for disorders that cause corneal thinning), we strongly encourage you to contact us for this revolutionary treatment. To help you better understand how Cross-Linking can help treat these common concerns, we have provided answers to a number of frequently asked questions about CXL.
If you have additional questions about Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced eye doctors, please contact us today.
What is Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking?
First developed in Germany in 1998, Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking is a procedure designed to treat corneal ectatic disorders, including keratoconus. This disease causes the cornea—the front transparent layer of the eye that covers the iris, pupil, and anterior chamber—to become thin and irregularly shaped, which can distort vision. Cross-Linking has since become the gold standard procedure around the world for addressing this concern, although the method is still considered investigational in the U.S. At Dell Laser Consultants, we can offer this innovative technology due to a research study.
How is Cross-Linking performed?
Cross-Linking uses a combination approach to treat corneal thinning. The first step is applying Vitamin B2, also called riboflavin, to the affected eye or eyes. After the eye drops have had time to permeate, the cornea will be exposed to short wave UVA light for approximately 30 minutes or less. Discomfort typically is minimal and most patients report the experience as pain-free. After the treatment, your eyes will be monitored for several months to help ensure the best possible care and results.
How does Cross-Linking work?
The UVA light is designed to activate the riboflavin coating the eye, which can strengthen the cornea and reduce further thinning by creating bonds (cross-links) with existing strands of collagen found in the cornea. As a result, thinning typically stops, halting eyesight deterioration and potentially improving vision over time.
How effective is Cross-Linking?
There have been numerous studies performed on the results of using Cross-Linking to treat corneal ectatic disorders, and evidence suggests that vision loss is halted in 95 percent of patients. Furthermore, between 60 and 70 percent of individuals experience improved vision.
How long does the treatment last?
Cross-Linking is designed to be long-lasting, and evidence suggests the treatment could be permanent. Studies following patients over ten years have found little to no recurrence of corneal thinning after Cross-Linking.
Take advantage of our complimentary screening and determine if you are a candidate for laser vision correction. While screenings are not a substitute for an eye examination, you will be able to meet with one of our doctors and determine your options for laser vision correction.