How Does the Contoura LASIK System Work?

By moving beyond the ability to detect only the cornea's curvature, the Contoura topography-guided LASIK system can measure minor corneal imperfections that inhibit optimal vision. The Contoura system uses a proprietary measurement system that can chart up to 22,000 unique eye contour points for unparalleled accuracy in eye mapping technology.

As a former biomedical and electrical engineer and consummate LASIK authority, Dr. Soroudi ensures his clients are treated with the most innovative and cutting-edge technology currently on the market. The FDA-approved device delivers the highest levels of individualization to produce better vision than most clients have ever experienced. Contoura is an excellent option for nearsighted clients with astigmatism or both.

Vision correction with Contoura LASIK eye surgery in Newport Beach takes about fifteen minutes to complete. You will not experience any pain or discomfort but will rest comfortably during the short, precise procedure.

With the precision of the Ziemer Z8 Femtosecond Laser, Dr. Soroudi creates super-thin, ultra-precise incision “flaps” in the cornea. This allows the technology to be offered to clients with much higher prescriptions, including:

  • 11 diopters of nearsightedness
  • +6 diopters of far-sightedness
  • Up to 6.5 diopters of astigmatism 

Benefits and Recovery

This incomparable laser system is the fastest and least invasive technology globally. Because it transfers the least amount of energy to the cornea, the result is a quick, painless procedure and a rapid recovery. With the Contoura eye mapping system and our next-generation laser, some clients enjoy 20/20 vision before leaving our clinic.

The Ziemer Z8 system causes minimal redness after surgery, a common side effect. Our patient’s eyes are white and comfortable by the morning after their LASIK in Newport Beach, with many seeing immediate and dramatic improvements in their vision. However, during your recovery, plan for the following:

  • Have a responsible adult drive you home after surgery and help purchase the medications you need for a faster recovery
  • Do not touch or rub your eyes
  • Rest for several hours while wearing the provided eye shield
  • Closely follow all aftercare instructions regarding medications
  • Many clients feel well enough to return to work the next day with no problem

Excerpts from Dr. Soroudi’s Book: “Advanced Refractive Surgery”

LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis and is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. Treatment consists of three basic steps. First, we use a laser to create a round “flap” out of your cornea (sort of like opening a 540-page book on page 120). Second, we use a different laser to remove about 20 to 30 pages inside the book, and third, we close the book. 

The entire procedure takes a few minutes per eye from start to finish. The first (Ziemer Femtosecond) laser takes about 26 seconds per eye.

The second (Wavelight Allegretto) laser takes about 1.5 seconds per diopter of correction. If you wear -2 glasses, it’ll take only 3 seconds to correct your vision. (A “diopter” refers to the optical power of a lens.) There’s very little pain during surgery (just pressure).

There’s very little pain after surgery other than just some minor irritation. We recommend you take a nap for a few hours after LASIK. You can drive the next morning and return to your usual activities by the next day! Dr. Soroudi underwent LASIK himself in 2005 (with a much older “IntraLase” and “VISX” technology), so he knows exactly how it feels and will talk you through your procedure. He still has 20/20 vision after all these years!

Why Trust Us with your LASIK Surgery?

Our Newport Beach eye surgery center is equipped with the all-new Alcon Allegretto Wavelight EX500 Flying Spot Excimer Laser. Only the WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser utilizes Wavefront Optimized® ablation profiles, designed to help maintain the natural corneal shape.

The Allegretto laser allows Dr. Soroudi to perform a customized, “wavefront-guided ablation profile” (Contoura) which is ideal for clients who demand the BEST in vision correction technology. This next-generation technology maintains the natural corneal shape to minimize the risk of night-time glare, even for clients with high prescriptions.

PerfectPulse Technology™ provides speed, precision, and safety through the use of the Allegretto laser, signaling revolutionary advances in the field of vision correction. The Allegretto laser calibrates the precise amount of energy in each laser pulse which passes through three “checkpoints.” The energy level is monitored and adjusted at each checkpoint to ensure the beam is tuned perfectly when it reaches its destination. This is one of the ways that the Allegretto achieves a smoother, more natural corneal surface compared to many other lasers used in LASIK vision correction.

Our LASIK Centers in Newport Beach, Los Angeles, Glendale, & Beverly Hills

Our three LASIK centers are equipped with the Contoura LASIK system and the Ziemer Z8 Femtosecond Laser, the most advanced technology available worldwide. You can take advantage of our state-of-the-art in-house, private, luxury surgery center, where our outstanding support staff manages your comfort and care. 

We are so confident in our technology and the artistry of Dr. Soroudi, who has performed over 15,000 successful LASIK surgeries, that we guarantee clients qualified for LASIK in Newport Beach and Southern California will achieve a 20/20 vision. This reflects our commitment to maintaining the highest standards for vision correction surgery worldwide. Additionally, at Soroudi Advanced LASIK & Eye Centers, we offer interest-free financing and follow-up appointments at no added charge for one year after your LASIK surgery. If for any reason, you require an enhancement procedure, we cover all costs for up to one year.

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