Liberty Laser Eye Center first in mid-atlantic region to offer new z-lasik procedure

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Nancy Tanchel, M.D. Obtaining Best-Ever Results with New Blade-Free Ziemer Laser

VA – LASIK, the most popular and most widely used procedure for vision correction – which has been perfected in millions of successful operations over the past 20 years – has remarkably reached a new standard. Vienna-based Liberty Laser Eye Center( is the first LASIK center in the Mid-Atlantic Region to offer Z-LAZIK.

Z-LASIK is a LASIK procedure performed with the Ziemer FEMTO LDV femtosecond Surgical Laser in conjunction with any one of the leading excimer lasers.

“Simply put, we utilize two lasers during surgery,” said Nancy Tanchel, M.D., the most experienced LASIK surgeon in the Washington, D.C.metro region. “One of those lasers is the FEMTO LDV, which more accurately creates a flap on the eye, a painless procedure that takes only 30-seconds to perform.” Dr. Tanchel is board certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology.  “I can perform and control the entire procedure from a single working position, without leaving my position or changing microscopes.

According to Dr. Tanchel LASIK complications are very rare, but when they occur, usually arise from a bad flap. The new Ziemer laser greatly reduces the likelihood of any complications. The more accurate procedure is especially important for patients with thin corneas.  Patients who have experienced the Ziemer are comforted when they are informed of the new-generation laser.

“My eyesight is so important to me that it could mean the difference between life and death,” said Marcus Lively, a sheriff’s deputy and a recent recipient of the Ziemer. “I knew that Dr. Tanchel was going to use the very latest in LASIK surgery. That was extremely important to me.”

In 2003 Dr. Tanchel was the first LASIK surgeon in the Mid-Atlantic Region to utilize the Intralase Femtosecond laser, so it is no surprise that she would be the first to acquire the Z-LASIK.

Dr. Tanchel recently performed the Ziemer procedure on the eyes of high school science teacher Chris Bonnaffon. In some Ziemer patients, such as Bonnaffon, there’s a good chance the outcome of their surgery could be better than with other more conventional LASIK procedures.

Bonnaffon’s eyes improved from 20 / 600 to 20 / 15, which means he now has better than average eyesight. “After wearing contacts for more than 18 years, I was on a mission to locate a surgeon using the best surgical equipment available,” said Bonnaffon.  “I am absolutely thrilled with the results.”

Dr. Tanchel ensures that her patients’ eyes and vision remain healthy and stable after laser vision correction and also provides ongoing routine eye care for her patients and their family. Adds Dr.Tanchel, “we take pride in our commitment to total patient satisfaction and focus all of our services on our patients.

Liberty Laser Eye Center
8321 Old Courthouse Road
Vienna, VA 22182

(571) 234-5678

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