WaveFront® Custom LASIK
If you are interested in LASIK Laser Vision Correction, you have probably heard the term, “wavefront” used in connection with the procedure. What is “wavefront”, what advantages can this revolutionary technology offer you and how can it impact your vision after surgery?
What is WaveFront® Custom LASIK?
Basically, it refers to the excimer laser’s capability which is two-fold: to provide
- a incredibly detailed map of the eye for diagnostic purposes that is uniquely individual to each patient
- highly sophisticated and individualized information that can enable our LASIK surgeon to change the shape of the cornea using the more advanced diagnostic mapping system.
In Custom or Wavefront Corrected Lasik, a special instrument called a Aberrometer measures how your eye uniquely sees and your Lasik or PRK is Customized to better improve your vision.
The WaveFront® technology was developed some years ago as a means to refine and sharpen the optics in high-powered the telescopes used by astronomers. It is a technology that has allowed scientists better views of the universe by eliminating aberrations caused by the Earth’s atmosphere. Now, WaveFront® technology has been applied to produce highly refined corneal “maps” and to use the same information to treat aberrations of the cornea by eliminating carefully selected tissue in an effort to improve vision. Remember, LASIK works by reshaping the cornea (that is too steep or too flat) of the eye to enable light to converge in a clear point of focus on the macula (central portion) of the retina.
What can I expect during my wavefront® lasik treatment?
Your LASIK evaluation will begin with a complete examination by our eye care specialist. At this point, WaveFront® diagnostics may be used to accurately determine if WaveFront®-guided correction is the procedure of choice in order to provide optimal vision after surgery. WaveFront® technology works by measuring the distortions or irregularities of the eye, also known as higher order aberrations. When a ray of light first enters the eye, it passes through the cornea, through the lens and vitreous where it reaches the retina. As it bounces off the retina and returns through the vitreous, lens, etc., WaveFront® analysis detects any distortions/aberrations in the eye which are uniquely individual. This information can then be used to create a customized “map” of the eye and a customized treatment program.
are there any reasons why Wavefront® LASIK may not be for me?
There are several instances in which WaveFront® ablation may not be preferable, i.e., thin corneas, the size of the pupil too small, too nearsighted, too farsighted, too much astigmatism, etc. Based on your complete eye exam and WaveFront® diagnostics, our LASIK surgeon will discuss the advisability of undergoing the WaveFront® procedure. It is important that each patient understands there are no guarantees for any surgical outcome, and refractive surgery is included our LASIK surgeon, however, wants to offer the latest technology for those patients who are candidates and want to avail themselves of it, and he will thoroughly discuss all options with you.
wavefront® vision correction vs traditional LASIK eye surgery
If you are considering undergoing “monovision” (the under correction of one eye to create a situation in which one eye can be used for distance vision and the other for near vision) to get rid of bifocals or reading glasses, you will need to undergo conventional LASIK since WaveFront® technology will NOT under correct the eye.
Custom WaveFront® LASIK is certainly a high technology option, but there are exceptions and it is not for every patient. Discuss WaveFront® with our eye care specialist who will thoroughly explore your particular options and make recommendations based on years of performing successful surgeries.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in WaveFront® laser vision correction, contact one of our North Suburban Chicago offices today! Call 847-677-2794 to schedule a consultation with our LASIK surgeon.