Laser Vision Correction
Custom LASIK, also known as wavefront LASIK, is quickly becoming the new standard in laser vision correction as it offers the most accurate, individualized results for each patient. This FDA-approved procedure uses three-dimensional measurements of the eye to help guide the laser as it reshapes the cornea and corrects your vision.
Custom LASIK lets patients benefit from a higher chance of achieving 20/20 vision, with many patients achieving vision that is better than 20/20, a feat often unachievable with traditional LASIK, glasses, or contacts. Custom LASIK also reduces the risk of poor night vision and glare, side effects that are common with traditional LASIK.
During this procedure, a wavefront device transmits a ray of light into your eye that is received and arranged into a unique pattern to create a 3-D map of your eye, including both lower and higher order aberrations. This information is then transferred to the laser and applied to your eye's position, allowing your doctor to achieve customized vision correction for your individual needs.
Blade Free LASIK
The IntraLase® FS laser is a highly precise tool aiding in corneal flap creation, the first step in laser vision correction surgery. It allows for a completely blade-free laser surgery. During the procedure, the IntraLase laser fires 15,000 pulses per second into the cornea, where the flap can be created at a depth and diameter determined by the surgeon as appropriate for each individual patient. This creates a customized procedure for the patient. In addition to benefiting from this pinpoint (2-3 micron) accuracy, patients who undergo surgery conducted with the IntraLase laser are less likely to need an enhancement (follow-up) procedure than with other technologies.
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is one of the safest and most time-tested laser vision correction procedures available. Like LASIK, it reshapes the cornea to improve vision.
The first step in PRK is to remove the surface of thin layer protecting the cornea. Then the surgeon uses an excimer laser to vaporize a small amount of tissue from the top of the cornea to reshape this area. LASIK, by contrast, cuts a shallow flap in the cornea using a second laser (known as the Intralase).
Following PRK, the epithelium on average takes 4-5 days to resurface the eye. This healing time variation depends upon a number of factors such as: the size of the area treated; the health of the patient’s underlying epithelial cells; individual variability in healing rates, and the effects of certain medication which are applied to the surface of the cornea after PRK. Following PRK, in every case, a contact lens is placed on the eye to act as a bandage to assist in the healing and to make the eye more comfortable.