Technolas® 217A as the newest generation excimer lasers by Bausch &
Lomb's , utilize an innovative technology called a "flying spot
laser" for true scanning. A narrow beam (about 2 mm wide) contacts
the eye at lightning speed in a pattern that allows the eye to clear in
one place before contacting that area again. The laser beam covers a
broad surface area, but does not penetrate as deep as in RK procedures.
The beam is pulsed in tiny, non-overlapping spots all over the
treatment zone, following a pattern controlled by the laser's computer.
Unlike the broad beam, the full width of the flying spot beam is placed
on the cornea during every pulse. The flying spot technology is
designed to produce a smooth corneal shape and increases the accuracy
of the surgery.
The Technolas® 217A is the new state-of-the-art excimer laser system
made by Bausch & Lomb Surgical. The Technolas 217A with PlanoScan
2000™ is the only laser ergonomically designed for LASIK (Laser
In-Situ Keratomileusis) procedures.
The Orbscan™ II diagnostic system goes well beyond standard
topography. By meticulously mapping anterior and posterior surfaces of
the cornea to measure its thickness, elevation and curvature, the
system provides surgeons with a more comprehensive analysis for optimal
The Hansatome™ microkeratome, used in LASIK procedures to cut a
flap from the front of the cornea, leads the industry with its
ergonomic design and interior diagnostic system that ensures system
integrity with every cut.
PlanoScan 2000™ software provides refractive surgeons with
precise flying spot, scanning technology and features a proven LASIK
algorithm. In the Technolas 217A laser system, PlanoScan 2000 plays a
critical role in correcting myopia from -1.0 to -7.0 diopters with less
than 3.0 diopters of astigmatism