The Shroff Eye Hospital in Mumbai has launched Wavelight Concerto 500 Hz Laser system, touted as the the worlds safest and fastest eye laser and designed to occupy a novel niche market of luxury excimer laser technology.
(An excimer laser (sometimes, and more correctly, called an exciplex laser) is a form of ultraviolet chemical laser which is commonly used in eye surgery.)
The first of its kind, the 500Hz Wavefront, is one of six in the world and the only one in India, it is the latest advancement of Wavelight lasers today, the only platform approved by US FDA to improve night vision.
The patients have faster visual recovery. The treatments are said to be accurate and well-centered and do away with possibilities of errors such as glares and haloes that still exist today with older laser systems.
"The Concerto is a high-end platform developed for the surgeon who has premium expectations for technology and service and wants more from an excimer laser than just a reliable piece of equipment" said Max Reindl, President and Chief Executive Officer of WaveLight Laser Technologie AG. "We have developed a best-of-breed laser that implements the current state of the art in terms of technology, thus setting a new standard in laser refractive surgery."
The Shroff Eye Hospital, which is also the only eye hospital in India certified by the American Joint Commission International (JCI). It gets 24x7 technical support from Germany for all of its procedures.
"The benefits of Concerto are that it is a soothing and painless experience, besides offering faster visual recovery and highest level of safety," said Dr Anand Shroff, Anterior Segment Consulting Surgeon and Management Representative for ISO 9002 for Shroff Eye Clinic. In fact, he is one of the only five course instructors in the world for this technology, and the only Indian doctor to be certified for performing Concerto.
The WaveLight 500 Hz Concerto Laser has the fastest eye-tracker and treatment time worldwide, so that the treatment is completed before the treatment surface unevenly dries out, avoiding post procedure visual irregularities.
It is an advanced LASIK version and it involves correcting not only the refractive error of the eyes [as in standard LASIK] but also the internal optical imperfections of the eye.
Wavefront-guided procedures help avoid a number of side effects like glare and poor night vision since they remove higher-order errors of the eye [abbrerations] that regular LASIK (based solely on the glasses prescription) often misses.