Just curious to see why you didn't consider crystal clear vision instead of flying to Vancouver?burnt69 wrote: ↑Jan 29th, 2017 1:34 amSmartPulse is just a software program that causes the Schwind AMARIS lasers (750s, 1050rs) to do things with the pulses to create a smoother surface post-laser ablation. When combined with transPRK (basically PRK, but with laser removal of the epithelial layer), it is marketed as "SmartSurfACE", referring to the procedure being a 'surface' procedure (as in PRK).
The theory is that a smoother surface results in higher "off-the-table" visual acuity (ie: 20/25 in my case), and faster healing time due to that smoother surface. transPRK itself improves healing times by reducing the epithelial wound to be precisely the size of the laser treatment, with regular/rounded edges rather than the irregular edges that alcohol or mechanical abrasion would cause. "in theory" visual outcomes are claimed to be slightly better due to the whole procedure taking about 40 seconds and the corneal stroma not drying out. But there's not really any good studies to prove that -- only anecdotal comments from an opthamologist or two that the AMARIS algorithms "reduce coma" or leave an undetectable post-treatment cornea. Hard, at least for the layperson (which I am), to distinguish if that's just marketing speak, or really has meaning!
It doesn't completely close the 'gap' with LASIK recovery-wise, but it makes PRK an awfully lot more palatable to those who otherwise would be looking at many weeks of disability. Which has been the traditional detraction of PRK in the first place.