The Benefits of Custom LASIK Surgery
By David Gross on September 25, 2014
The team at Deen-Gross Eye Centers has helped patients throughout the greater Merrillville and Hobart area achieve excellent vision through the use of advanced eye care technology. Today, that means performing custom LASIK, a state-of-the-art laser eye surgery that reduces and often eliminates a person's dependence on glasses and contacts.
Custom LASIK offers a number of key benefits over the LASIK of the past. Let's take a moment right now to go over these matters.
What is custom LASIK?
Custom LASIK is the next step forward in advanced vision correction and refractive surgery. Custom LASIK involves the use of advanced digital mapping technology to scan the patient's cornea. Using this digital map of the eye, a LASIK surgeon is able to identify and reshape the cornea as needed.
How does custom LASIK differ from traditional LASIK?
Traditional LASIK is accurate and effective, but it is not able to address very minute imperfections in the corneal surface. Because of the digital mapping used in custom LASIK, very small cornea imperfections can be identified and treated. This means treating both lower order aberrations and higher order aberrations.
In essence, all LASIK is customized, but custom LASIK allows for an even greater level of accuracy and customization.
Understanding Higher Order Aberrations and Lower Order Aberrations
Lower order aberrations are imperfections in corneal contour that result in the following common refractive errors:
- Nearsightedness (myopia)
- Farsightedness (hyperopia)
Higher order aberrations are those small imperfections in the corneal surface that lead to finfer sorts of vision problems, such as:
- Double vision
- Poor night vision
- Poor contrast sensitivity
Custom LASIK Treats Higher and Lower Order Aberrations
While traditional LASIK was only able to address lower order aberrations, custom LASIK is able to treat both lower order aberrations as well as higher order aberrations. This allows custom LASIK patients to experience a high level of quality when it comes to their vision after surgery.
A Safer, Computer-Guided Version of LASIK Surgery
In addition to this high level of accuracy, custom LASIK means that human error is practically eliminated. The information from the digital map of the cornea is inputted into a computer that guides the surgical laser through the procedure. This is an unprecedented level of precision.
What does this mean for patients?
In essence, custom LASIK means the following patient benefits:
- Highly accurate treatment of lower order aberrations
- Ability to address higher order aberrations
- Increased safety during the procedure
- Reduced risk of surgical and post-surgical complications
- Better vision quality overall when compared to traditional LASIK
Is custom LASIK the right option for me?
Custom LASIK may be ideal for many patients, yet it's important that you stop by for a consultation to find out if you qualify for surgery. Issues related to corneal health and corneal thickness as well as dry eye syndrome and other conditions may preclude patients from undergoing LASIK. In such cases, surgical and non-surgical alternatives can be discussed.
Learn More About Advanced Laser Vision Correction
For more information about all of your options for advanced vision correction, be sure to contact our eye care and vision correction specialists today. The entire team at Deen-Gross Eye Centers will make sure that you undergo the right treatment to address your unique vision care needs.
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