Allegretto Wave Excimer Laser

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Allegretto Wave Excimer Laser

Postby an94 » Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:13 am

Can you comment on if the Allegretto Wave Excimer Laser is superior
to the Visx STAR S4 IR Excimer Laser System?
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Postby LasikExpert » Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:47 am

Like all flying spot excimer lasers used for Lasik and similar vision correction surgery, the Allegretto is considered safe and effective for a wide range of patient needs, excels above others for a very narrow range, and may even be considered inferior for yet a different narrow range.

Asking if one laser is better than another is like asking if your spouse is better than another person's spouse. What is important is what is best for you...the match of technology, technique, and patient needs. Which is best can be determined only after a comprehensive evaluation for a competent doctor who understands the abilities and limitations of the different lasers and has them equally available. The last part - equally available - is the built-in bias that virtually all surgeons have for their particular technique and technology. Doctors tend to think (or at least express) the one that is best, is the one they use. That is why a comprehensive evaluation for two or three competent doctors may be valuable.

No, I did not give you a direct answer to your question, but only because there is no simple answer.
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Postby JPD » Tue Aug 14, 2007 2:52 am

LasikExpert wrote: The last part - equally available - is the built-in bias that virtually all surgeons have for their particular technique and technology. Doctors tend to think (or at least express) the one that is best, is the one they use. That is why a comprehensive evaluation for two or three competent doctors may be valuable.


This brings up a subject I have often questioned. In your opinion, do you consider it superior for a doctor to carry 2 or 3 different lasers, and pick the one he thinks is best for each patient, as compared to the doctors who use exclusively one laser? The reason I ask is because when it comes to the top Lasik doctors in the country, you'll find them on both sides of this question. Yet they both are at the top of there field. It would seem to make sense that having multiple lasers to choose from would be superior, yet many of the elite and most experienced doctors in the country choose to use only one lasers. Where as many of the other elite and most experienced doctors in the country have 3 different lasers at there disposal. On the other hand it would also make sense for a doctor to have all his experience and be an expert using one laser, rather then having his procedures and experience split three ways between three different lasers. Kind of the like the cliche, "Jack of all trades, master of none". Does it really just come down to doctor skill and personal preference? What is your opinion, Glenn?
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read from the doctors....

Postby Mr.UnPerfect » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:18 am

Go to Google and type in.. Allegretto versus Visx Star 4 .. then read some of the articles, particurally the 5th and 6th from the top...

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