Wavefront LASIK: What Makes It "Custom" LASIK?
are a number of different types of eye surgeries available today,
and Custom Wavefront LASIK eye surgery is just one of them. The
technologies involved in Custom Wavefront LASIK are what make
this eye procedure truly customized to correct individual corneal
irregularities that cause vision troubles. While Custom Wavefront
procedures are highly recommended, not all persons qualify for
this procedure, and there are some risks involved.
LASIK eye procedures use prescription information, and information
provided by your eye doctor, to measure where the corneal incisions
need to be placed in order to correct vision. Custom Wavefront
LASIK takes this technology one step further. Instead of using
standard information to correct vision, Custom Wavefront LASIK
uses a 3-D map in order to measure all of the irregularities that
occur on your cornea; this map is then used to customize your
individual LASIK procedure. The wavefront technology is credited
with improving how well you see in addition to how much you see;
the custom procedure helps to address your own minute corneal
irregularities that may not otherwise be addressed during conventional
LASIK eye surgery.
Wavefront LASIK has many advantages over standard LASIK procedures,
but it is not for everyone. Persons who undergo a Custom Wavefront
LASIK procedure have an increased chance of achieving 20/20, or
better, vision; they are also at a lower risk for developing night-vision
and glare problems and losing the quality of their original vision.
However, Custom Wavefront LASIK is generally not recommended for
persons who have thin corneas, and some persons may not have vision
irregularities that can be corrected using LASIK of any kind including
Custom Wavefront LASIK. Any type of eye surgery, including standard
and custom LASIK eye surgery, can cause what is known as high
order aberrations, or HOA, to the cornea; if a potential eye surgery
candidate is found to already have HOAs, than they will probably
not qualify for eye surgery.
Due to the enhanced computer imaging technique that Custom Wavefront
LASIK eye surgery offers, you can expect this type of corrective
eye surgery to be much more expensive than standard LASIK procedures.
However the added benefits of Custom Wavefront LASIK are worth