Custom LASIK is a very precise form of LASIK surgery that can give many patients freedom from eyeglasses and contacts. Like traditional LASIK, it improves vision by reshaping the cornea. In fact, the basics of the procedure are nearly identical, except for one very important difference. In custom LASIK, Wavefront technology is used to map your eyes and to guide the surgery.
The Wavefront Difference
No matter what type of laser vision correction you undergo, Wavefront diagnosis is a must for a safe and effective procedure. Through this diagnosis, many patients find that they can safely have traditional LASIK. However, custom LASIK improves your likelihood of achieving 20/20 or your best possible vision.
Wavefront technology is used to create a very detailed map of your eyes. It is much more detailed and precise than any other eye mapping technology currently available. When this map is used to guide the laser in reshaping your cornea the results are both precise and custom tailored for your eyes.
In both custom and traditional LASIK, a microkaretome is used to create a hinged flap in the outer surface of your eye. A microkeratome is a handheld instrument with an oscillating blade. An excimer laser is then used to reshape the cornea.
Custom LASIK is not appropriate for everyone, but if you are not a good candidate for LASIK you may be able to have a different type of Wavefront guided laser vision correction.
If you are considering LASIK surgery to improve your eyesight, please contact an experienced custom LASIK surgeon today to learn more about the advantages of Wavefront-guided surgery.