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Advanced LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK Laser Vision Correction and Advanced Topography-Guided LASIK

LASIK eye surgery is any procedure that uses a laser to reshape the cornea to reduce or eliminate the need for contacts and glasses. LASIK and PRK are the most common procedures, applicable to most people wearing corrective lenses. At Furlong Vision Correction, we use Advanced Topography-Guided LASIK – a highly-customized laser vision correction technique used for all the procedures that can correct your vision more precisely than ever before.


Wavefront Optimized LASIK

Originally invented by NASA for use in high-powered precision telescopes, Wavefront technology is now available for medical use. Using a device called a Wavelight VARIO topolyzer, Dr. Furlong is able to measure the way light travels through your entire optical pathway and compare it to the way light travels through an optically perfect eye. This creates a 3-D map of your cornea that is as unique to you as your fingerprint and 25 times more precise than a prescription obtained using conventional diagnostic equipment. The information from this customized “fingerprint” is transferred electronically to the laser to create a unique surgical plan for each patient.


Contoura ® Vision Topography-Guided LASIK – Improving the Quality of Your Vision

Advanced Topography-Guided LASIK surgery improves your visionSeveral types of visual imperfections, referred to as lower- and higher-order aberrations, can exist within the eye and affect both visual acuity and the quality of vision. Previously, only lower-order aberrations (such as nearsightedness and astigmatism) could be measured and treated either with glasses or contacts or conventional LASIK surgery. Higher-order aberrations, often linked to the visual glare and halos that cause night vision problems, could not be corrected and continued to affect quality of vision.

The WaveLight ® refractive surgery system and Perfect Pulse technology are advanced diagnostic tools that measure 22,000 reference points along the optical pathway to determine and ultimately correct a wider range of lower- and higher-order aberrations. Using the precision provided by the Topolyzer Vario map, both Advanced Topography-Guided LASIK and Advanced Topography-Guided PRK surgery have the potential to not only correct how much you see, but also how well you see.


Who Can Benefit From Advanced Topography-Guided LASIK Eye Surgery?

Reduce the chance of night vision problems and glareAcross the population as a whole, approximately 80 percent of refractive errors are due to lower-order aberrations, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Higher-order aberrations are thought to account for the remaining 20 percent. Those patients with a significant amount of higher-order aberrations may not have satisfactory results with conventional LASIK or PRK. A customized laser eye surgery may be the only way to treat their refractive errors. There is also evidence that Advanced Topography-Guided LASIK surgery can yield crisper post-operative vision and reduce the chance of night vision problems and glare – even in patients with low to moderate amounts of higher-order aberrations. The best way to determine how a customized procedure may benefit you is to have a comprehensive eye evaluation and to obtain a Topolyzer Vario map of your own individual visual “fingerprint.”


What Results Have Been Achieved With Advanced Topography-Guided LASIK Surgery?

Conventional LASIK has been a very successful procedure. All of our patients have improved vision and almost 100 percent of patients can legally drive a car without glasses or contact lenses. Advanced Topography-Guided LASIK surgery, however, makes good results even better.

Alcon, a Novartis company, conducted a multi-center, FDA clinical study to assess the safety and efficacy of its Wavefront Topography-Guided laser eye surgery for the treatment of nearsightedness and astigmatism. One year after having Topography-Guided LASIK surgery, 93 percent of study participants could see 20/20 or better without glasses or contacts, 65 percent of participants could see 20/16 or better and 35 percent of participants could see 20/12.5 or better! And, 40 percent said that they could see better after their vision was corrected with Advanced Wavefront surgery than they did with glasses or contacts before surgery! Of the study participants, 98 percent said that they would not hesitate to have the treatment again!


Bladeless LASIK

The highly-advanced combination of the Advanced WaveLight EX500 excimer laser, combined with the safety of the WaveLight FS 200 (femtosecond) laser-created flap has proven in extensive clinical trials to provide excellent visual outcomes. Bladeless LASIK is the safest, most precise method available for creating the corneal flap as the first step in the laser vision correction process.

Bladeless LASIK surgeryFurlong Vision Correction utilizes the latest WaveLight FS 200 femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap. The laser focuses an infrared beam of light on the cornea to separate tissue through a process called photodisruption. The light is focused to a precise point within the central layer of the cornea, where each pulse of the laser creates a tiny 2- to 3- micron bubble of carbon dioxide and water vapor. Thousands of these microscopic bubbles are precisely positioned to define the flap’s dimensions. Once the flap is completed, it is gently lifted back as the tissue separates where the bubbles have formed. The combination of an optimized repetition rate at 200 kHz, a special scanning algorithm and customizable energy and spacing parameters make the WaveLight FS200 Femtosecond Laser the safest, fastest and most comfortable flap creation laser platform in the United States, with standard flap creation in approximately 6.0 seconds.

Once the flap is created, the WaveLight EX500 excimer laser is used to specifically target the exposed cornea, shaping it for your ideal vision. For this second step of the procedure, Dr. Furlong only offers Advanced Topography-Guided LASIK, which allows him to tailor the vision correction more precisely to each patient’s specific vision requirements.

The entire bladeless LASIK procedure takes about 10 minutes and most patients experience a quick, virtually painless procedure. It offers the potential for 20/20 or better vision with improved safety.

Lauren S.
Downtown, Campbell, CA

3/28/2018
Yelp

Dr. Furlong and his entire staff have changed my life! After 11 years of dealing with contacts and glasses, I finally took the Lasik plunge and am SO thankful I did! Dr. Furlong and his staff were so informative, friendly, and reassuring. They made everything so easy and made me feel 100% comfortable...

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Nlramesh R.
Mount Hope KS

4/7/2018
Yelp

Amazing doctors and staff.  Dr. Mona Sane did my cataract surgery and she was absolutely awesome!! The staff at Dr. Furlong's and at the surgery center were super professional and you just knew you were going to be alright at the end of the procedure.  The post op care was just excellent !! If...

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McKinley S.
Marina, CA

2/16/2018
Yelp

I had Lasik 1 year ago and I am still amazed by how well I can see. I have worn glasses and contacts for many years.  I could see well with my contacts so I was expecting to see like that after Lasik. What I didn't expect, was how much better I see now after Lasik. The quality is SO MUCH BETTER. I...

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Kim M.
Santa Clara, CA

1/30/2018
Yelp

This review is long overdue. I actually had my surgery done about a year ago. I had been told for several years from various optometrists I would never be able to even have the surgery because of an eye condition. But when I started to see Dr. Ratra at Dr. Gold & Associates, she referred me to...

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Jennifer B.
Prescott, AZ

1/16/2018
Yelp

In October I underwent LASIK surgery with Dr. Furlong and his staff and I couldn't be happier. It has been life changing after 23 years of wearing contacts and glasses. I had a high astigmatism prescription and at my first last post op checkup about a two months post op I was at -20/20 in the left...

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Rosa M.
Monterey, CA

12/6/2017
Yelp

I got referred to Dr.Furlong by my optometrist. She couldn't have referred me to a better doctor. I had LASIK done less than a week ago & I am beyond amazed with the results. I've worn glasses for 15 years & contacts for 13 years. I was a bit nervous the day of surgery but Dr.Furlong...

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Leah F.
San Francisco, CA

9/29/2017
Yelp

Gotta pay my overdue Yelp gratitude here. Furlong has an all-star staff. Carol specifically is a wonderful human being and professional. They're prepared for every possible scenario. My story varies slightly from others in that I did experience bad halos/glares for roughly 2 weeks following surgery (which is...

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Matt C.
Fullerton, CA

7/29/2017
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Dr. Furlong was a recommendation from my optometrist. My first visit was fast and easy. My optometrist had already done my dilation so they just needed to take measurements and double check that I was a candidate. Everyone was very professional and friendly. I was nervous about everything but my patient counselor...

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Shilpi R.
Sunnyvale, CA

10/11/2017
Yelp

I recently had LASIK done with Dr. Furlong and it was an amazing experience. I wanted to have LASIK so that I could wake up first thing in the morning and not worry about contacts or glasses! As an optometrist myself I knew the ins and outs a little bit more but everything was on point! Their waiting room is always...

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Gabriel N.
Union City, CA

4/19/2017
Yelp

This has easily been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. After having glasses for most of my life, it's crazy to think I can now wake up and see clearly. I was referred here by my optometrist, Dr. Toy, in early 2016. I came for the free consultation where Dr. Furlong and his staff determined that I...

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Randy M.
San Jose, CA

6/15/2016
Yelp

Five stars.  Why?  I was suffering from rapidly progressing cataracts at the relatively young age of 37.  I was forced to take time off of work until the first surgery was complete.  My left eye had deteriorated from 20/300 in January to "hand motion (I could see light differences and movement only)" the day...

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Himi A.
Fremont, CA

9/30/2017
Yelp

My lasik surgery experience at the center was fabulous! The staff is very friendly, customer service is great! Interaction with Dr. Furlong was directly in the surgery room. Everything was very smooth and the location is super hygienic and has the top technology.

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Betty M.
San Francisco, CA

3/30/2017
Yelp

Just got my lasik surgery done last week by Dr. Furlong, and so far so good! I got referred to Dr. Furlong from my optometrist. A little pricier than competitors, but it's YOUR EYES, not the situation to be looking for a discount. They take a lot of time to make sure that you're comfortable and informed, and the...

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Jennifer H.
Fremont, CA

2/11/2017
Yelp

One of the best decisions I've made in my life! It took me about 2 years before I actually made a decision and not to sound super corny or anything... I should've done it sooner! It's definitely easier saying that knowing my LASIK surgery went well so I completely understand anyone's fear or hesitation with...

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A S.
Sunnyvale, CA

8/17/2017
Yelp

My mom had cataract surgery with with Furlong Vision this past month. It was a smooth experience.  She had one eye done first, followed by the second eye a few weeks later.  She saw Dr. Furlong for consultation in June.  He gave her a detailed exam and performed various scans.  She decided to go with femto laser...

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Leigh B.
Half Moon Bay, CA

8/8/2017
Yelp

Dr.Furlong did PRK for my insanely farsighted eyes in September 2016. I am now seeing 20/20!!! I couldn't be happier with the results. I also appreciated that he was honest when he didn't recommend PRK for my thin corneas... better safe than sorry! Thanks again, best money I could have spent on myself.

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Mike B.
Santa Cruz, CA

4/12/2017
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I rarely write reviews on Yelp, but for something as important as LASIK, I did a lot of research & visited several places in Silicon Valley. I recommend you do too! You get what you pay for...don't budget on your eyes! You want the best technology & an experienced & personable  Doctor. Dr. Furlong is...

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Yee L.
Palo Alto, CA

4/22/2017
Yelp

Super thorough and professional.  The staff accurately explained exactly what to expect and answered all my questions in an even-handed way with lots of detail about risks and benefits.

Theres no guarantee of results, but turns out my vision was corrected to better than 20/20 and I'm very happy with the results.

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Best Place for LASIK in Silicon ValleyVoted Best LASIK Doctor by Santa Cruz Good TimesTwice named a Premiere Cataract Surgeon by Ocular Surgery NewsSponsor of Santa Clara County Optometric SocietyJefferson Award - the "Nobel Prize" for community and public service for the Furlong Vision Correction Gift of Sight programOfficial laser vision correction and eye surgeon and Legacy Partner of the San Jose Earthquakes