Clinical Results

New Approach

When it was approved in 2003 as the first new laser in 5 years, the FDA granted Allegretto Wave the widest approval range ever initially given to a new laser for both myopic and hyperopic vision correction.

Since then, the results have been astoundingly positive. Allegretto Wave has been proven to provide superior clinical results.

  • At 1 year after treatment, more than 93% of patients said they saw at least as well or better than they had with glasses or contacts before treatment.
  • More than 98% of patients achieved 20/40 vision 1 year after treatment; 20/40 is the level of visual acuity required to pass most driving tests.
  • Nearly 60% of nearsighted patients achieved 20/16 vision after 1 year of treatment.
  • Both near- and farsighted patients reported an improvement in their reaction to bright lights and night driving glare after Allegretto Wave treatments. In addition, nearsighted patients reported an improvement in sensitivity to light.
  • Predictable results are the norm for the Allegretto Wave. More than 90% of patients achieve refraction within 1 diopter of their target correction.

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Is Allegretto Wave Right for Me?

Allegretto Wave expands the boundaries of candidacy for LASIK. However, there are certain people who are less than ideal candidates for LASIK and Allegretto Wave. These patients are encouraged to speak with their doctor to find the best vision correction option. You may not be eligible for LASIK or Allegretto Wave if:

  • Your age is under 21. In this case your growth phase has not been fully completed, meaning that your eyes can still change. LASIK is not a good option.
  • You are pregnant or nursing. Pregnancy causes changes to your hormone system. This can also cause your vision to change. It is therefore better to wait until your child is born and you have finished nursing.
  • You have glaucoma or high blood pressure.
  • You have keratoconus, a corneal irregularity.
  • You experience inflammation of the eye (uveitis, blepharitis or iritis).
  • You have herpes simplex that has infected your eye.
  • You have had previous severe injuries on the eye.
  • You have corneal scars or infections.
  • You are taking certain medications.
  • You have unstable refraction.
  • You have a disease of the eye such as AMD, diabetic retinopathy, cataract or others.

LASIK is also not recommended for patients with:

  • Very large pupils
  • Thin corneas
  • Dry eye
  • Unstable refractive errors

During the consultation with your doctor, please be sure to mention all medications you are taking and any medical conditions you have that might affect the success of laser correction.

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