For years, the physicians at Wolfe Eye Clinic have been leaders in LASIK laser vision correction and utilizing the latest in LASIK technologies.
In fact, our LASIK physicians have been leaders in the development of laser vision correction and were the first to bring this technology to Iowa where they have been performing refractive surgery since 1984. Our physicians have been published in medical journals and textbooks and have helped educate many other physicians in the field of laser vision correction. Many of our physicians also have special fellowship training. Wolfe Eye Clinic has a long history of advancing eye care in Iowa and has continued in this tradition with refractive surgery.
Wolfe Eye Clinic surgeons have performed over 45,000 LASIK procedures to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, giving patients the possibility of a life free from glasses and contacts. Since 2002, LASIK has become even more accurate and precise with the adoption of all-laser LASIK, a bladeless technology used for creating the corneal flap during LASIK surgery. The LASIK procedure has not always been an all-laser procedure. The first step, creation of the corneal flap, was historically performed with a handheld mechanical microkeratome using a metal blade. Today, Wolfe Eye Clinic surgeons are able to remove the mechanical cutting device and replace it with the precision of a laser.
All-laser LASIK is the most current approach to LASIK surgery. This approach offers our surgeons complete control over flap size, depth, location and hinge orientation. The minimally invasive technique creates very precise flaps and removes most of the surgical risk associated with making corneal flaps. The laser offers surgeons ease of operation and a way to create highly accurate, precise and reproducible incisions of any shape at any location or depth within the cornea. Such precision virtually eliminates corneal flap complications.
We have found that patients are excited to learn about this technology. The higher degree of comfort and safety, virtually no risk of flap complications and more predictable flap outcomes increase satisfaction in the experience and outcome. After creation of the corneal flap, the inner cornea is reshaped with the excimer laser to correct the refractive error. The end result is a more precise LASIK procedure. All-laser LASIK was first available in Iowa at Wolfe Eye Clinic in 2002. We continue to invest in this technology and are still one of a few select practices performing all-laser LASIK in Iowa today.
Topography-guided LASIK provides personalized vision
Contoura Vision is the most current refractive system in the United States, and available to you at Wolfe Eye Clinic. It combines the Allegretto EX500 excimer laser with the Wavelight Topolyzer Vario to improve upon traditional LASIK by creating an exclusive treatment plan for every person. It achieves this by mapping the unique topography of the surface of each cornea and uses this information to smooth out any irregularities on the cornea. The accuracy of the Vario topographer combined with the speed and precision of the laser has made this procedure possible. It is the next evolution beyond Wavefront-guided and Wavefront-optimized procedures.
Clinical trial results demonstrate that the personalized procedure delivers superior visual results. 92.6% of eyes that received topography-guided LASIK treatment achieved 20/20 vision or better after initial treatment: specifically, 64.8% experienced 20/16 vision or better and 34.4% could see 20/12.5 or better, 12 months after surgery . The procedure also showed statistically significant reductions in some of the visual symptoms associated with LASIK, such as glare, light sensitivity, difficult driving at night and difficulty while reading .
 FDA Clinical Trials. Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Addendum Procedure Manual T-CAT Topography-Guided Treatments. http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cdrh_docs/pdf2/P020050S012d.pdf
 Stulting RD, Fant BS, The T-CAT Study Group. Results of topography-guided laser in situ keratomileusis custom ablation treatment with a refractive excimer laser. J Cataract Refract Surg 2016; 42:11-18
Wolfe Eye Clinic has an experienced team of LASIK surgeons who are experts in the latest LASIK technologies. Wolfe Eye Clinic offers complete LASIK surgery services throughout Iowa, including Ames, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Marshalltown and Waterloo.
Please contact Wolfe Eye Clinic’s LASIK Coordinator at 1-800-237-5393 to ask any LASIK-related questions or to schedule an appointment to meet one of our LASIK surgeons: Dr. James Davison, Dr. Louis Scallon, Dr. Steven Johnson, Dr. Todd Gothard, Dr. Benjamin Mason, Dr. Matthew Rauen.