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What type of laser do you use?

Koch Eye Laser Vision Center utilizes the advanced technology of the Allegretto Laser System.

It's true – custom procedures have existed in the past. OptiLasik is special, though, in that it actually accommodates for the natural shape of your eye. Earlier procedures reshaped the cornea with little regard for the way your eyes curve naturally – as a result, LASIK surgery could result in tiny errors in your vision: glare, trouble seeing at night, etc.

Laser Vision Correction with the Allegretto Laser System is designed to adapt to the unique curvature of your eye, reshaping it more closely to the curve of an ideal, natural eye. As a result, OptiLasik helps preserve the quality of your vision, ensuring your eyes are at their most natural and their most useful.

Remember, laser surgery of the eye is one of the safest and most common elective procedures.

What are the risks associated with refractive surgery?

Glare or halos are a reaction to light and can be experienced by some patients. This can last for an unpredictable amount of time but usually subsides within six months.

An irregular flap may occur in a few cases, approximately one in 700. If this should happen, it is not dangerous, only disappointing, as the flap must be placed back in its original position and the eye allowed to heal before proceeding. There is no loss of vision during this time.

After three to six months, the procedure can be rescheduled.

Infection is always a risk when you are considering any type of surgery.

Over-correction or under-correction many occur in a small percentage of patients. If this should happen, an enhancement will be done.

Is LASIK safe?

Yes. Over three million people all over the world have had Lasik and statistics show that no one has ever gone blind.

All questions, issues or concerns will be addressed with you personally by your refractive counselor during your first visit. Feel free to bring in a friend or family member with you to share information.

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The Greater New Bedford Surgical and Laser Center

The Greater New Bedford Surgical and Laser Center was opened in 1986 with the express purpose of rendering high quality, state of the art eye surgery to patients of all ages, especially those with cataracts, glaucoma, or cornea disease. The Center is designed specifically with the needs of the patient in mind. The entire process from initial examination to final outcome is conducted in a pleasant comfortable environment.

After a patient decides to have surgery, he or she is assigned his or her own Surgical Counselor who is available to answer questions and provide assistance. These individuals are specially trained to assist the patient throughout the entire surgical experience, including follow up care for as long as necessary. Patients are encouraged to contact their counselor for any questions, no matter how simple or complex.