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Femtodynamics

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Dr. Faktorovich’s textbook on lasers used in all-laser LASIK procedures is the first book on femtosecond laser application in medicine and surgery.

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Pacific Vision Institute is the leading advanced vision correction facility in the San Francisco Bay Area. Choose us for your LASIK procedure in California.

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Patients from the entire Bay Area have trusted Dr. Ella Faktorovich and the eye surgeons at the Pacific Vision Institute with their LASIK, Lens, and Cataract surgery.

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The eye surgeons in the invitation-only Trusted LASIK Eye Surgeons Directory are among the top 1% of all refractive surgeons in the United States based on professional credentials and accomplishments.  

LASIK San Francisco

LASIK has been performed in San Francisco for over a decade. The precursor of LASIK was the procedure called ALK. Dr. Faktorovich was the first surgeon in San Francisco to perform this procedure in 1994. In the precursor of LASIK, a surgeon would lift the superficial corneal layers with a mechanical device, called the microkeratome. The microkeratome would then be passed over the cornea again, removing tissue of a certain thickness depending on the amount of nearsightedness, and then the superficial layers would be replaced. Excimer lasers appeared in San Francisco in 1995 after they were FDA approved. Corneal surgeons in San Francisco gained a lot of precision using this form of laser vision correction. At first, the laser was applied to the surface of the cornea only. This was called PRK. Although PRK results were excellent, the healing time could be improved. At the same time San Francisco laser surgeon Dr. Faktorovich started applying the excimer energy to the internal layers of the cornea. To accomplish that, the laser surgeon would use the mechanical microkeratome to lift the superficial corneal layers. Then, the excimer laser energy was used on the internal layers of the cornea to correct myopia, hyperopia, and/or astigmatism. The superficial layers were replaced and healing time was remarkably fast. This procedure was given the name LASIK.

LASIK has been performed in San Francisco since 1995. In other parts of the world, LASIK has been performed significantly longer. In the United States, all the technology, including LASIK technology must go through a very rigorous review process and only then, it is approved by the FDA. San Francisco community of patients is very educated, discerning, and very critical. Patients demand only the very best LASIK surgeon, the very best LASIK technology, and the very best patient care.

In the hands of the best LASIK surgeons in San Francisco, the results were remarkable. In many instances, LASIK patients were able to achieve vision better than 20/20.

The next improvement in LASIK that came to San Francisco was the wavefront-guided or custom LASIK. With this procedure, a map of the entire optics is generated for each patient. This map contains the large imperfections, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Also, it contains the small imperfections, called higher order aberrations, such as spherical aberrations, coma, trefoil, etc. The maps are unique not only to each patient, but also to each eye of each patient. During the LASIK procedure, San Francisco LASIK surgeon downloads the patient's map into the laser. The laser treatment profile is then based on the shape of each individual map. Both large and small imperfections are treated, allowing LASIK patients to enjoy the beauty of San Francisco both day and night. Custom LASIK and wavefront-guided LASIK often mean the same thing.

The next advance in San Francisco LASIK technology came with IntraLase femtosecond laser, or all-laser LASIK. The first IntraLase laser in San Francisco was installed at Pacific Vision Institute in 2004. With all-laser LASIK, the superficial corneal layers are lifted with laser, not with the mechanical microkeratome, like they were in the past. The second step is carried out as it was before.

All-laser LASIK eliminated intra-operative complications and San Francisco LASIK surgeons could add an unprecedented level of precision accuracy to their patients. Over a million of all-laser LASIK procedures have been performed world wide. San Francisco LASIK surgeons who were not using this technology to help their patients were literally left behind. The best San Francisco LASIK surgeons were immediately at the forefront of this revolutionary advance.

In the city like San Francisco, driven by excellence, powered by technology, used to the very best medicine has to offer, the LASIK patients immediately recognized the advances in LASIK procedures and searched for surgeons who would give them the very best. The LASIK advances continued. Most recently, LASIK surgeons in San Francisco using WaveLight Allegretto laser, can correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, while maintaining the physiologic corneal shape and delivering the laser energy pulses very efficiently. As a result, fewer LASIK patients need to have a touch up after their original LASIK procedure.

Pre-screening technology for our LASIK patients in San Francisco has elevated the level of accuracy to an unprecedented level to insure that LASIK is absolutely the best choice for each patient coming in for a consultation in our San Francisco center. At Pacific Vision Institute, our surgeons combine the most advanced LASIK screening technology with four different laser platforms and wavefront analyzers to achieve the best possible LASIK results. If a San Francisco patient is not the best LASIK candidate, we offer many other options for good vision without glasses or contact lenses. PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), CK (conductive keratoplasty), Intacs, Phakic IOLs, presbyopic IOLs, ReSTOR, ReZoom, Crystalens - Pacific Vision Institute surgical team will help our San Francisco patients see well.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery has been performed in the San Francisco bay area for decades. More recently, the refractive surgery procedures of RLE (refractive lens exchange) and ICL (implantable collamer lens) are becoming increasingly more popular. Dr. Friedman is among the most experienced bay area cataract surgeons and best San Francisco cataract surgeons. He performs cataract surgery, RLE surgery, and ICL surgery using the most advanced phacoemulsification technology and IOL (intraocular lens implant) technology including the premium IOLs such as the Crystalens, ReSTOR multifocal IOL, Tecnis multifocal IOL, and toric IOL. He is one of the few bay area ICL surgeons performing San Francisco ICL surgery with the Visian lens phakic IOL.

Cataract surgery is the most common surgery in the United States with over 3 million cases each year. Bay area cataract surgery, bay area RLE surgery, and bay area ICL surgery is performed in an operating room and is an outpatient surgical procedure. Dr. Friedman performs his San Francisco cataract surgery, San Francisco RLE surgery, and San Francisco ICL surgery at St. Mary's medical center. Dr. Friedman is well versed and experienced with all of the current IOL technology. He is a San Francisco Crystalens surgeon, San Francisco ReSTOR IOL surgeon, San Francisco Tecnis multifocal IOL surgeon, and San Francisco toric IOL surgeon. As a premier bay area cataract surgeon and bay area RLE surgeon, Dr. Friedman performs all of this premium IOL surgery using microincision small incision no needle no patch surgery. He has also been instrumental in developing laser technology for bay area cataract surgery and bay area RLE surgery.

The San Francisco community of patients is very educated, discerning, and very critical. Patients demand only the very best cataract surgeon, the very best RLE surgeon, and the very best ICL surgeon to perform their best cataract surgery, best RLE surgery, and best ICL surgery, respectively. Bay area patients also demand the very best cataract technology, the very best RLE technology, and the very best ICL technology, and expect to receive the very best patient care, and this is what we provide at PVI. We deliver the best bay area cataract surgery, the best bay area RLE surgery, and the best bay area ICL surgery.

In the San Francisco bay area, driven by excellence, powered by technology, used to the very best medicine has to offer, the cataract patients, RLE patients, and ICL patients immediately recognized the advances in cataract procedures, RLE procedures, and ICL procedures, and searched for surgeons who would give them the very best. The premium IOL technology can correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia with either the accommodating Crystalens or the ReSTOR and Tecnis multifocal IOL.

Pre-screening technology for our cataract, RLE, and ICL patients in San Francisco has elevated the level of accuracy to an unprecedented level to insure that the outcomes are absolutely the best for each patient coming in for a consultation in our San Francisco center. At Pacific Vision Institute, our surgeons combine the most advanced screening technology to achieve the best possible cataract, RLE, and ICL results. We offer San Francisco patients a variety of options for good vision without glasses or contact lenses. PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), CK (conductive keratoplasty), Intacs, Phakic IOLs, ICL, Visian lens, presbyopic IOLs, premium IOLs, ReSTOR, Tecnis multifocal, Crystalens, toric IOL - Pacific Vision Institute surgical team will help our San Francisco patients and bay area patients see well.