This is just a quick update for those still following this. I've been quite busy and almost forgot about this blog. If you're researching LASIK, I suggest you go through the archives and read it.
Here is a fairly recent study between VISX and Wavelight. There is also an ongoing Stanford study between the two technologies. I'm starting to think that other than HOA, there is really no significant differences between the two of them. If you are clearly in the camp that believe the two technologies are equal, then Dr. Bindi's iFS150 and the Allegretto Wave are clearly the two best combined technologies. Bear in mind that the VISX S4 IR has the largest market share and the longest used laser in the United States. The Allegretto Wave, due to it requiring only a 1 phase (no wavescan check up) is clearly gaining ground. I believe it is the most popular in Europe and around the world. Dr. Bindi and Hyver both switched to the Allegretto Wave. It's no surprise because the less time spent between patients means more eye balls can go through the machines which means more profits. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but the 1 phase pre-check up with one less machine may eventually win out. VISX used to dominate the market but now I see all these new Laser Centers popping up and they go with Allegretto first as it's a more economical model than the VISX.
The wife is really happy with her results so far. I'm not. She doesn't want to redo her eyes even if she doesn't hit 20/20 because she's "happy with it." For the money she spent, I'm going to make sure she goes back if her vision isn't perfect (or as perfect as the guarantee contract states which is 20/20). She's going to get another check up in July to see if there are any issues delaying her healing.
This is one of the reasons why you want to get your eyes done locally. Most people get great results the first time, but just in case you fall within the 5-10% where complications occur, you want your doctor local and have a guarantee that it gets fixed. However, if you're interested in saving money, I know for a fact that you can get the Allegretto Wave laser in Los Angeles for half the price of the doctors up here in the Bay Area. For some people $2500 is a lot of money and my advice can be thrown right out the window. Just be careful. The doctors here will reject you if your eyes are not ready. I'm not too sure about those other guys. Educate yourself before you make the commitment!
By the way, if you have questions, post it in the blog. If I no one is reading this, I may not continue to update it. Let me know if you guys are still reading this.