When it comes to performing ZEISS SMILE and ALL LASER TOPOGRAPHY-GUIDED CUSTOM COMFORT MICRO-LASIK, it’s critical to have the most advanced state-of-the-art technology available. Laser vision correction has continually evolved to include small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE), first introduced by Sekundo et al. [1].  At IQ Laser Vision, we use a suite of lasers that ensures our patients are happy with their vision. 

As each laser vision correction procedure is customized to the individual patient, our surgeons only use the laser that is best suited for them.

ZEISS VisuMax Femtosecond Laser

zeiss visumax focus optics

The ZEISS VisuMax femtosecond laser is a ground-breaking laser platform that delivers the precise and accurate results that patients want. With a combination of speed, precision, and gentleness, the ZEISS Visumax is perfect for both ZEISS SMILE and LASIK.

Outcomes become more accurate than ever before due to ZEISS optics integrating with the VisuMax femtosecond laser. During a vision correction procedure, this creates a laser beam that’s more focused, resulting in minimum laser pulse energy. 

Although minimum laser pulse energy gets made, it’s at a high pulse frequency. This translates to the most accurate incisions that are the exact desired depth of the cornea.

For moderately to highly nearsighted patients, the ZEISS VisuMax’s combination of energy settings, accuracy, and spot spacings translates to the smoothest stromal bed surface available with the VisuMax’s autocentration feature to ensure that the treatment centers on the vertex. These features make it much more stable when extracting the lenticule during ZEISS SMILE, a crucial component of reshaping the cornea and correcting vision.

The surgeons at IQ Laser Vision have control of every detail during refractive procedures thanks to the ZEISS VisuMAX femtosecond laser. It features an interactive touchscreen, intuitive software, and integrated slit illumination that you can use without moving patients. It boasts a laser pulse frequency of 500 kHz to allow for shorter treatment times.

Allegretto Wave Eye Q

Wavelight Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q

With the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q, the use of proprietary PerfectPulse Technology keeps patients’ vision safe. All laser pulsed are checked three times before being delivered to the cornea to ensure they are at the right level. 

The chance of impacting the cornea with an accidental laser pulse is virtually eliminated by using three independent infrared sources. The sources follow the movement of the eye at a rate of 200 times per second, and the system reacts in only four to six milliseconds if the eye shifts.   

With wavefront optimization, the laser can accurately determine the shape of the cornea before LASIK. After administering treatment for nearsightedness or farsightedness, the Wavelight Allegretto Eye-Q maintains the natural curve of the cornea, resulting in a reduction of glare after a refractive procedure. 

Nidek Topography-Assisted CATz LASIK

Nidek Excimer Laser

Using the CATz treatment, surgeons at IQ Laser Vision can treat patients with myopic astigmatism and corneal irregularities. CATz maps out a patient’s cornea by measuring almost 7,000 points of light. 

The maps created by CATz are of the cornea before refractive surgery and another map that shows how the cornea should look after LASIK. For patients with refractive errors like astigmatism and nearsightedness, these topographic maps allow for the utmost precision and the ability to smooth out even the most minor corneal irregularities.

With topography-assisted LASIK, CATz treatment gives patients the customized correction they need with the NIDEK OPD-Scan measurement and Final Fit software. Final Fit allows for truly custom topography-assisted procedures, especially important during LASIK. 

NIDEK’s excimer laser platform pairs with other state-of-the-art offerings from the company, ensuring that patients continue getting the results they want.
Learn more about why IQ Laser Vision provides our patients with the best results during laser vision refractive procedures. Schedule an appointment at one of our locations throughout California and Houston, TX, now!


  1. Sekundo W, Kunert K, Russmann C, Gille A, Bissmann W, Stobrawa G, et al. First efficacy and safety study of femtosecond lenticule extraction for the correction of myopia: six-month results. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2008;34(9):1513–20. Epub 2008/08/30. pmid:18721712. View full article.

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