Wavefront LASIK

Wavefront and Lasik

These days technology makes almost anything possible. An example includes custom LASIK surgery or wavefront LASIK. Custom surgery typically involves 3-dimensional assessments of how your eye functions. That means producing map like images a surgeon can use to meticulously reshape the stroma and produce precise vision. Image for a minute how fun it might be to put a 3-D image of your eye up on the wall… well now you can!

Many prefer the wavefront measurement system in part because it offers more precise LASIK correction. This newer technology allows surgeons to achieve what many believed impossible before… individual results and vision correction procedures.

Overview of Wavefront Guided Lasik
While traditional LASIK is beneficial for the population at large, many people would benefit from more customized surgery. Fortunately this is a possible thanks to wavefront guided LASIK technology.

Not everyone who wants custom surgery qualifies for it. There are many factors involved in deciding who is right for custom wavefront technology. A surgeon will for example, first examine your eye for common vision problems including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and the thickness of your cornea.

The custom procedure involves measuring and mapping your eye's ability to focus precisely. The wavefront system allows surgeons to produce a real life or 3-D map of your cornea. It's neat if you think about it.

Most people with ordinary vision problems can get by with traditional LASIK surgery. However those with higher visual disturbances or irregularities may find wavefront technology more appropriate for tackling their vision.

Benefits of Wavefront Lasik
There are many benefits associated with custom LASIK procedures. Because the eye's shape and position are mapped precisely, there is less opportunity for error. There is also more opportunity to correct unusual or complicated vision problems. Many consider wavefront technology one of a kind, because it improves how much and how well individuals actually see in detail.

Here are some other common benefits associated with wavefront-guided technology:

  • Wavefront technology may correct vision to 20/20.
  • Wavefront technology can help detect higher-order aberrations, a common cause of complications during LASIK surgery. This in turn helps reduce the risk of certain side effects including glare, halos, sensitivity to light etc. Wavefront LASIK can actually treat lower and higher-order aberrations.
  • There is less chance of losing contrast sensitivity when the wavefront LASIK procedure is performed.
  • There is less overall risk of side effects related to nighttime visual disturbances.
  • Wavefront technology may help correct vision problems resulting from past refractive surgeries including PRK or traditional LASIK.
  • Wavefront technology improves contrast sensitivity in patients receiving treatment.
You can't walk into an ordinary eye doctor's office however, and request wavefront-guided surgery. In fact, you'll have to do even more doctor shopping if you decide to take advantage of all LASIK has to offer.

There is also some controversy regarding the efficacy of wavefront technology for treating higher-order aberrations. Some believe LASIK in general contributes to this problem. However, there is growing evidence pointing to the benefits of wavefront technology vs. traditional LASIK in combating higher-order aberrations and related vision complications.

More and more traditional surgeons are looking to wavefront technology for its added benefits. They favor it clearly because it provides superior results to traditional technology. Certainly patients will also adopt this mindset, if for no other reason than their aims should include when possible, achieving 20/20 vision.

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