Comparing the Bausch & Lomb 217z and z100 (Zyoptix) lasers

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by fake.e-mail, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. fake.e-mail

    fake.e-mail Guest

    My wife is considering getting lasik eye surgery and I'm doing a
    handful of research to figure out all the risks, etc. However, one
    thing that I'm having a real hard time finding information on is the
    actual differences between the two lasers that are avaialbe to us.
    Both are made by Bausch and Lomb, one is the 217z and the other is
    z100 (full name apparently is 217z100) also called Zyoptix. Some of
    the differences are easy to understand, however, there's a few items
    would like to find or have explained. First, does anyone know the
    optical zone and blend zone that each laser is capable of? Second
    exactly does the z100 (Zyoptix) laser accomplish its "tissue sparing"
    capability? In other words, exactly what does it do differently from
    the 217z that allows it to spare tissue?

    Also one thing that really confuses me is the fact that the z100
    (Zyoptix) is advertised as being able to work on more of your eye
    (larger optical and/or blend zones) and therefore reduce the chances
    of higher order abberations, however, everything I have read so far
    shows that if you increase the optical/blend zones you also have to
    remove more tissue, so how can the new z100 laser have a bigger
    optical/blend zone while at the same time removing less tissue than
    the 217z? Or is the tissue sparing simply refering to the fact that
    it would remove less tissue than other brands of lasers working with
    the same optical/blend zone sizes?

    Btw, I've left messages both with the office where we are considering
    getting this done and with Bausch and Lomb directly, however, the
    person who everyone seems to say can actually answer these questions
    is always travelling and I haven't been able to reach him.

    Thanks for any input,
    fake.e-mail, Aug 10, 2007
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  3. fake.e-mail

    Gary Guest

    First, does anyone know the

    I understood the z100 to be just a later version of the 217z with improved
    firmware, but perhaps there are hardware changes also.

    The algorithms involved are improved.

    There would be less tissue removed than the previous version simply because
    of the better algorithms employed.

    Hope that helps.

    Gary, Aug 11, 2007
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