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3 It s time to see the big picture. The one-of-a-kind Ulysses butterfly reflects light so brightly from its blue iridescent wings, it can be seen from hundreds of feet away while in flight. { Glasses and contacts have taken you this far. But let s face it they just don t fit your lifestyle. They may help you see, but clearly they are holding you back. How many moments have you missed because your glasses got in the way? They fog up at the worst possible times. They smudge, scratch and break. How much longer will you struggle with not being able to see the alarm clock in the middle of the night? As for contacts, they re not the best answer either. Can you even count the times you lost them? They can dry out and irritate your eyes, and there s never cleaning fluid when you need it. Are you tired of your contacts feeling like sandpaper at the end of a long day? And then there s the cost how much are you spending each year on prescriptions? The truth is, glasses and contacts can t give you what you really want freedom! But you ve heard about a safe, proven procedure that just might be the answer: Laser Vision Correction. You may be uncertain about what s involved, but you ve taken the first step to true independence from glasses and contacts. We understand you ve got a lot of questions. That s why we want to give you everything you need to know to make a decision that s as clear as the vision you ve been looking for. First things first. How do eyes work? Before we talk about Laser Vision Correction, it s important to have a good grasp of the fundamentals. Chances are, you aren t all that familiar with exactly how your eyes function. To help you better understand, here s a quick overview: It all begins with light rays, which reflect off objects and then enter the eyes through the cornea. Here, the light rays are bent and sent through the lens, where more bending helps to focus the light rays on the retina giving you the miracle of clear sight. What causes bad eyesight? In a way, your eyes are like a peacock s feather or a beautiful butterfly no two are exactly alike. When eyes are shaped correctly, light rays bend and focus directly on the retina generating crisp images. However, when eyes aren t perfectly shaped, light rays focus on the wrong part of your eye causing the unwanted blurriness that you ve been experiencing. Can Laser Vision Correction really help? Whether you have myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism, Laser Vision Correction can improve your eyesight. This ideal solution reshapes your cornea to the correct dimensions. And, with the right equipment, the eyesight you ve always dreamed of is within reach. A properly formed cornea focuses light rays precisely onto the retina, which converts the image into electrical signals that your brain interprets as sight. The three most common causes of poor vision: Myopia (Nearsightedness) Corneas with too much curvature force light rays to focus in front of the retina, causing faraway images to seem blurry. Hyperopia (Farsightedness) Corneas with not enough curvature force light rays to focus behind the retina, causing nearby images to seem blurry. Astigmatism Corneas that are shaped irregularly or asymmetrically prevent light rays from focusing correctly on the retina, making both near and faraway images seem blurry.

4 A closer look at Laser Vision Correction. During Laser Vision Correction, an experienced, caring surgeon uses a highly-accurate laser to modify your cornea, allowing it to bend light rays correctly. It s quick, safe and comfortable; and even better you can enjoy your enhanced eyesight almost immediately. LASIK: A proven procedure. When something as critical as your vision is on the line, you should rely on a solution that delivers successful results and peace of mind. And although there are other, older types of Laser Vision Correction, LASIK is by far the most common, most successful and most advanced of them all. Is LASIK right for you? Having LASIK surgery is a life-changing decision. That s why it s very important to first speak with your surgeon to make sure you re a good candidate. During your initial consultation, your surgeon may: Conduct an eye exam Verify if LASIK can improve your vision Check if your prescription has been stable for at least the past year Test for eye conditions that can affect your surgical options Make sure you re comfortable with and knowledgeable about LASIK Help you understand what to expect from the procedure Any type of surgery is a big step so don t forget to seek advice from your surgeon before you make any decisions. He or she may determine that a different laser procedure may be your best option. LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) With LASIK surgery, a thin layer of tissue called a flap is created on the surface of the cornea. With the flap lifted away, a laser delivers light energy to the cornea. This reshapes the cornea, allowing light rays to focus properly on the retina, providing sharp, clear vision. Following the procedure, the flap is folded back in place and serves as a natural bandage, allowing your eye to heal quickly with minimal discomfort. { Like your eyes, a tree s rings are unique, telling the story of its life one year at a time. Laser Vision Correction by the numbers 1 : >17 MILLION people worldwide have had some form of Laser Vision Correction 93% of patients see at least 20/20 or better after LASIK surgery 97% of LASIK patients recommend the procedure to friends Which LASIK procedure should you choose? While LASIK is the most common Laser Vision Correction procedure, there are actually quite a few options to choose from. But you don t want just any option you want the one that gives you total peace of mind. The one that conforms to your specific needs and adapts to the absolute uniqueness of your eyes. What you want is OptiLASIK. OptiLASIK combines today s most advanced surgical technologies into a procedure optimized for your individual, ideal vision.

5 OptiLASIK. A visionary solution. { Combining incredible strength with graceful beauty, each new web is as individual as the spider that spun it. By now, you know that your eyes are like a fingerprint they are as unique as you are. And that s exactly why OptiLASIK is the perfect option for Laser Vision Correction. Older procedures simply reshaped eyes based on current prescriptions which meant that everyone with the same prescription received the same treatment, ignoring key attributes. However, OptiLASIK uses advanced, proprietary treatments to generate a map of each unique eye, enabling your surgeon to perform a more personalized and more effective procedure. Unique eyes deserve unique procedures. This is why so many surgeons trust OptiLASIK for their patients. 1 2 Many measurements are taken to understand the unique shape of your eye. A flap is created to help expedite the healing process. The laser reshapes the cornea using energy 3 pulses based on your unique profile. 4 This allows incoming light to be precisely focused on the retina.

6 See the WaveLight difference. It s no coincidence that OptiLASIK, the ultimate procedure for unique eyes, can only be performed with one-of-a-kind technology the WaveLight ALLEGRETTO WAVE Eye-Q Excimer Laser. One of the most advanced laser systems available, the WaveLight ALLEGRETTO WAVE Eye-Q Laser is trusted by surgeons all over the world to deliver consistent and effective results: Smoother treatments Increased comfort Greater accuracy Enhanced safety Multiple treatment options We know that no two eyes are alike so why should your treatment be any different? By mapping the unique shape of your eye, the WaveLight ALLEGRETTO WAVE Eye-Q Laser allows your surgeon to perform an individualized Laser Vision Correction treatment just for you. The result? Vision that s as clear and crisp as possible. { the Considered to be living fossils, the nautilus uses the unique chambers within its shell like a jet, propelling it through ocean s depths. What should you expect during your procedure? It s perfectly normal to have some questions about any type of surgery. But with OptiLASIK, you can rest assured that your surgeon is using advanced, proven technology to perform a treatment designed just for you. It s only natural to be curious about everything that surrounds this lifechanging procedure. Here s what to expect: Your surgeon will perform a preliminary eye exam and take measurements to create a unique treatment profile for each individual eye You will receive anesthetic drops to numb your eyes, making you more comfortable during the procedure When your eyes are ready, you will lie on the patient bed while the surgeon makes final preparations Your surgeon will create a flap on your cornea, then gently lift the flap to expose the treatment area Light energy is then used to precisely reshape your cornea. You won t feel anything, but you may hear the laser working Once the treatment is complete, your surgeon will reposition the flap and the healing process begins Before you know it, the procedure is over all without pain or bandages Recovery takes little-to-no time at all, and you can typically return to normal activities the following day Sound simple and hassle-free? That s because it is. Soon you ll be enjoying dramatically improved eyesight and seeing the world like never before.

7 See the WaveLight difference. It s no coincidence that OptiLASIK, the ultimate procedure for unique eyes, can only be performed with one-of-a-kind technology the WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser. One of the most advanced laser systems available, the WaveLight EX500 Laser is trusted by surgeons all over the world to deliver consistent and effective results: Smoother treatments Increased comfort Greater accuracy Enhanced safety Multiple treatment options We know that no two eyes are alike so why should your treatment be any different? By mapping the unique shape of your eye, the WaveLight EX500 Laser allows your surgeon to perform an individualized Laser Vision Correction treatment just for you. The result? Vision that s as clear and crisp as possible. { the Considered to be living fossils, the nautilus uses the unique chambers within its shell like a jet, propelling it through ocean s depths. What should you expect during your procedure? It s perfectly normal to have some questions about any type of surgery. But with OptiLASIK, you can rest assured that your surgeon is using advanced, proven technology to perform a treatment designed just for you. It s only natural to be curious about everything that surrounds this lifechanging procedure. Here s what to expect: Your surgeon will perform a preliminary eye exam and take measurements to create a unique treatment profile for each individual eye You will receive anesthetic drops to numb your eyes, making you more comfortable during the procedure When your eyes are ready, you will lie on the patient bed while the surgeon makes final preparations Your surgeon will create a flap on your cornea, then gently lift the flap to expose the treatment area Light energy is then used to precisely reshape your cornea. You won t feel anything, but you may hear the laser working Once the treatment is complete, your surgeon will reposition the flap and the healing process begins Before you know it, the procedure is over all without pain or bandages Recovery takes little-to-no time at all, and you can typically return to normal activities the following day Sound simple and hassle-free? That s because it is. Soon you ll be enjoying dramatically improved eyesight and seeing the world like never before.

8 { The facts about OptiLASIK with WaveLight technology 2 : While every ice crystal formation is made from the same hexagonally shaped structures of frozen water, each one is entirely distinctive from another. 93% of nearsighted patients see 20/20 or better 83% of farsighted patients see 20/25 or better 92% of patients described their vision as good or excellent A few things to note after your surgery. As you enjoy your new-and-improved eyesight, you may experience some slight irritation but the symptoms typically pass within the first few days. Your vision may also seem slightly hazy or blurry, but it typically clears up the next day. A view like no other. Picture the unique beauty of a sunset. Or the crisp detail of a dry autumn leaf. No matter what you see after your OptiLASIK procedure, you will recognize the world as it was meant to be seen. Freedom from glasses and contacts can be yours. Consult with your surgeon today about OptiLASIK. Ask your surgeon about OptiLASIK today. ult with your surgeon t This box is provided to allow surgeons to customize it for their practice. Dr Michael Mesham & Dr Zoran Aleksic

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