Hoopes Vision Technology

Technological advances are constantly taking place in the field of surgical vision correction. At Hoopes Vision, our commitment to our patients is to always offer the newest, most innovative technology available. For LASIK, as well as PRK, Hoopes Vision uses the Wavelight EX500 excimer laser, the newest, fastest, and most precise vision correction laser in the United States. We have owned and used seven different treatment lasers since 1995.

New LASIK technology provides more precise results through comprehensive digital mapping of the eye that documents aberrations and corneal irregularities that may have impeded a patient’s vision or reduced the efficacy of laser eye surgery in the past. Modern lasers track and scan the cornea to deliver consistent and effective results. These technological advances have also opened laser eye surgery to patients who would not have been considered good candidates in the past, including those with thin corneas, corneal scarring, and other corneal abnormalities. LASIK eye surgery is faster, more precise, and safer than ever before.

Hoopes Vision Timeline


February 2016 Zeiss VisuMax® Femtosecond System

On February 3, 2016, Hoopes Vision acquired Utah’s first Zeiss VisuMax® Femtosecond System. The VisuMax is a state-of-the-art femtosecond laser platform, capable of creating corneal flaps for blade-free LASIK as well as tissue graft and site preparation for laser-assisted cornea transplants such as those performed by the cornea specialists at Hoopes Vision. Most notably, the […]


February 2015 iFS IntraLase™ Laser

Hoopes Vision acquired the IntraLase femtosecond laser in December of 2003 and began performing blade-free LASIK, becoming the first practice in the Salt Lake City area to do so. In the summer of 2009, Hoopes Vision became the first Utah LASIK center to receive the newest upgraded version of IntraLase™ — the new iFS IntraLase™ laser. […]


May 2014 WaveLight® Refractive Suite

Ten years ago, Hoopes Vision brought the first WaveLight® Allegretto excimer laser to Salt Lake City. It was by far the fastest and most precise vision correction laser available to date and was the first generation of excimer laser to perform wavefront-optimized procedures. (Wavefront optimization, by helping maintain the natural prolate shape of the cornea, […]


January 2007 Carl Zeiss MEL 80™ Excimer Laser

Hoopes Vision purchased the very first Carl Zeiss MEL 80™ excimer laser sold in the United States. As of August 2006, this was the latest laser to be approved by the FDA. It was delivered to Hoopes Vision in April 2007. The new MEL 80™ is a fifth-generation laser and one of the fastest lasers available at our […]


February 2006 VISX® CustomVue™ with Iris Registration

The technological advancements of the VISX® CustomVue with Iris Registration allow for incredibly accurate and safe laser vision correction treatments. A common complication that corrective lasers must account for is the movement of the eye during the course of surgery. Aligning the laser with the eye is a crucial measurement, as the precision of the alignment […]


August 2004 Allegretto Wave™ Eye-Q 400 Excimer Laser

Hoopes Vision offered Allegretto Wave™ Eye-Q 400 Excimer Laser (made by WaveLight AG in Erlangen, Germany) in a concerted effort to provide a choice of technology for patients who seek all-laser LASIK vision correction in the greater Salt Lake City, Utah area. The Allegretto Wave™ Eye-Q 400 brings a whole new dimension to laser vision correction. […]


February 2001 Alcon LADARVision® Laser

The Alcon LADARVision® autonomous excimer laser was acquired and installed at our practice in April 2001. It is a third-generation flying spot laser with the advantage of being approved to treat farsightedness and mixed astigmatism. This was also the first laser to gain FDA approval to begin performing custom wavefront ablations, making it the most […]


January 2000 Bausch & Lomb Technolas® 217 Laser

Using innovative technology that improves surgical accuracy, the Technolas® 217 laser far exceeded FDA benchmarks in clinical trials. This is a German-made laser, and it has been the most preferred and frequently used laser in the world outside of the United States. Dr. Phillip Hoopes’ former practice in Kansas City performed some of the FDA […]

Technology FAQ

At Hoopes Vision, we combine precise surgical skill with the most current laser technology available, a combination necessary to obtain the desired results for your refractive treatment. All of our lasers are FDA approved, allowing us to treat our patients with uncompromising safety. Here are some commonly asked questions about the newest laser technology available.

What is the newest laser used for blade-free LASIK?

The new WaveLight® Refractive Suite is the newest advancement in laser vision correction. The WaveLight® Refractive Suite offers patients the fastest, most precise, most comfortable laser vision correction available anywhere.

What is blade-free LASIK?

The iFS™ Advanced Femtosecond Laser is a safer, more accurate way to perform the first step of LASIK surgery. Ideal for those with a high prescription or thin corneas, IntraLASIK is the latest technology designed to extend LASIK eye surgery to the patients who had once been considered ineligible. The iFS™ Laser is fully customizable and creates a corneal flap in less than 16 seconds.

What is the benefit of wavefront-optimized lasers?

Wavefront-guided treatments perform a custom ablation based on detailed maps (known as wavefront maps) of the patient’s corneas. Wavefront-optimized treatments preserve the natural prolate (round) shape of the patient’s cornea after treatment. The EX500 and Zeiss MEL-80 reduce nighttime halo and glare, which were among the most commonly reported side effects of the traditional LASIK procedure.

What if I'm not a good candidate for LASIK or PRK?

At Hoopes Vision, we have several other procedures available for those who may not be good candidates for LASIK or PRK. The following are two of the many options available:

1. Implantable collamer lenses, or ICLs, a procedure in which a lens, similar in function to a contact lens, is implanted in the eye in front of the eye’s natural lens. Hoopes Vision is among the country’s most experienced ICL practices.

2. Clear lens exchange, or CLE (sometimes referred to as refractive lens exchange, or RLE), a procedure in which the eye’s natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. CLE is the same procedure as cataract surgery; the only difference is that CLE is performed before cataracts develop and often on “dysfunctional human lenses”.

What vision problems are correctable?

LASIK and PRK are commonly used to correct refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.

I have seen several advertisements for “All–Laser LASIK.” Is this INTRALASE?

Be sure to ask the surgeon if he or she uses the INTRALASE laser by name. Only the INTRALASE iFS laser can provide the computer-controlled laser precision required for maximum predictability. Your surgeon can explain the difference between other procedures that may be advertised as “all-laser”, such as LASEK or PRK, which are surface ablations that do not require the creation of a corneal flap. These procedures generally require longer healing time and frequently involve more discomfort.

Technology Our Procedures

Our vision correction procedures, such as wavefront-optimized LASIK and PRK, Visian ICL, and laser-assisted cataract and clear lens exchange surgeries, are all examples of the rapidly advancing field of surgical vision correction. All are either exciting new developments or have been improved by new technological advances since their introduction.

Technology Wavefront-Optimized

Along with the advent of blade-free LASIK, the development of wavefront-optimized LASIK is one of the two major technological breakthroughs to happen within the last 15 years. Hoopes Vision was the first practice in Utah to offer this amazing new technology and remains the most experienced wavefront-optimized LASIK practice in the state.

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Technology Blade-Free LASIK

The development of blade-free, all-laser flap creation was the first major technological breakthrough after the introduction of LASIK. Since that breakthrough, blade-free LASIK has continued to advance, and Hoopes Vision has remained at the forefront of this still-evolving technology.

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Technology PRK

PRK, as well as LASIK, has benefitted from the development of wavefront technology. Patients who come to Hoopes Vision for PRK receive a wavefront-optimized custom procedure with reduced nighttime halo and glare.

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Our Experience

Hoopes Vision’s array of vision correction technology is one of the most extensive and impressive in the country. Just as importantly, that technology is put to use in the hands of skilled, caring, and experienced surgeons. Hoopes Vision’s surgical team features the most experienced LASIK surgeon in Utah and several of the most experienced cataract surgeons in the state – surgeons who have the experience of tens of thousands of successful surgeries using the highest level of technology.

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Our Facility

Our facility in Draper, Utah is one of the most technologically advanced vision correction centers in the country. It features a purpose-built laser surgery suite where our multiple wavefront-optimized laser systems are operated under state-of-the-art climate control. Its on-site ambulatory surgery center, EyeSurg of Utah, was designed with laser cataract surgery in mind, and it was the first surgery center in the world to feature multiple cataract laser platforms.

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While our main focus at Hoopes Vision is on technology and experience, we work hard to put our procedures within the reach of almost any budget. Patients who come to Hoopes Vision looking for the best vision correction procedures are often surprised at just how affordable the best can be.


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Proven Results

The result of our commitment to cutting-edge technology is apparent in our surgical outcomes. For over 15 years, Hoopes Vision has become synonymous with a track record of safety and proven results.

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Our book, LASIK: A Guide For Patients And Their Families, is a great resource for patients who wish to know more about the history of vision correction. It also discusses some of the things that set Hoopes Vision apart.

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Schedule Your VIP Consultation

If you are interested in knowing if blade-free LASIK, or another vision correction procedure, is a good option for you, please contact us. We would be happy to offer you a free VIP examination and consultation to help you determine your vision correction options.

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Patient Spotlight Mike Weir

“Fifteen years ago, I had corrective eye surgery to help my distance perception and green reading. In the past couple of years I’ve noticed that although I still see very well, my ability to read many small contours on the greens has decreased. I had a consultation with Dr. Hoopes, Jr. and decided to have an enhancement procedure to help me with this. I’ve been impressed with the technology and experience available at Hoopes Vision. Thanks, Dr. Hoopes.”

Mike Weir
Professional Golfer

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