Aloha Laser Vision in Honolulu the First in Hawaii to Treat LASIK Patients Using the WaveLight Refractive Suite
Dr. Alan Faulkner is among the first LASIK surgeons in the United States, and the first in Hawaii, to adopt the state-of-the-art WaveLight Refractive Suite laser vision correction technology at his practice. The LASIK procedure is designed to help patients reduce – and even eliminate – their dependence on glasses and contact lenses.
Honolulu, HI – Dr. Alan Faulkner, a LASIK laser eye surgeon at Aloha Laser Vision, says that with the new WaveLight® Refractive Suite, the future of LASIK eye surgery has never been clearer. Dr. Faulkner considers the advanced new laser vision correction technology – consisting of the EX500 Excimer Laser, the FS200 Femtosecond Laser, and Swiveling Patient Bed – to be the best of its kind, and Aloha Laser Vision is the first and only practice in Hawaii thus far to offer it.
“It’s as good [as any] technology that’s available anywhere in the world,” Dr. Faulkner says. “Really, that’s what it all translates down to – trying to get accuracy to achieve the best outcomes.”
LASIK is a vision correction procedure that uses laser energy to reshape the eye’s cornea and improve vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The procedure has helped millions of patients across the world reduce and even eliminate their dependence on corrective eyewear such as eyeglasses and contact lenses. The WaveLight® Refractive Suite is a new LASIK treatment system that enjoins a variety of steps in the LASIK treatment process. The FS200 Femtosecond Laser, used in the first step of LASIK surgery, creates a tiny flap in the outer cornea to access the underlying corneal tissue, and the EX500 Excimer Laser is used to reshape the cornea for vision correction.
Dr. Faulkner says both lasers are vital to achieving successful LASIK laser eye surgery outcomes, and both lasers in the WaveLight® Refractive Suite offer significant improvements over older, less sophisticated models.
He notes that the new WaveLight® Femtosecond Laser, which can create the corneal flap in only six seconds, is gentler and more comfortable for patients, as well as more precise than previous technologies. It’s “fundamentally different,” Dr. Faulkner says.
And, according to Dr. Faulkner, the new Excimer Laser is faster and more accurate than its predecessors. “The pulses of the laser are perfect.”
Ultimately, Dr. Faulkner says the two new lasers make it possible for patients to expect better outcomes and more customizable results than ever before. “It’s the platform of the future,” Dr. Faulkner says.
Dr. Faulkner says another advantage of the WaveLight® Refractive Suite is its swivel bed, a feature that often reduces the time it takes to transition patients from one laser to the other. He also says that the swivel bed’s adjustable headrest can increase patient comfort.
All in all, Dr. Faulkner notes that the WaveLight® Refractive Suite is yet another innovative tool that can help people significantly improve their vision and see more clearly without heavy reliance on corrective eyewear – not to mention offering patients a relatively quick and comfortable treatment experience.
About Dr. Alan Faulkner and Aloha Laser Vision
Dr. Faulkner is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been selected by Premier Surgeon as one of the Top 250 surgeons in the country. He founded Aloha Laser Vision in 2001, a comprehensive eye and vision care practice offering LASIK, PRK, cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, and other procedures. Dr. Faulkner is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evansville, Illinois, and Tulane Medical School, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Among the many medical organizations he is associated with, Dr. Faulkner is a Founding Member of the American College of Ophthalmic Surgery, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a Member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. Dr. Faulkner is available for interview upon request.