Laser Vision Correction - Which Laser Eye Surgery Procedure Is Best For You?
Laser vision correction has come a long way in the last 10 years. Years ago, the standard in laser vision correction was to use blade microkeratomes to create flaps, and then non-custom laser eye surgery that only corrected for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Patients were happy with the results, but there were subtle side effects such as glare and halos in some cases.
Today, the state-of-the-art LASIK laser vision correction procedure of choice is bladeless custom LASIK. With iLASIK, or bladeless custom LASIK, the thin flap is made with Intralase®, a laser that does not use blades. With this laser, the most precise and safest flap is created in about 20 seconds.
The laser vision correction part of the procedure can be personalized to the patient using CustomVueTM LASIK Wavescan and iris registration technology. With CustomVueTM, the Wavescan device gets a custom fingerprint of your vision imperfections. This Wavemap is then used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, as well as the higher order aberrations or irregularities that are unique to each person.
These higher order aberrations that are addressed with iLASIK are called coma, trefoil, and spherical aberration. When correcting these fine, higher order aberrations, precise placement of the LASIK correction device is required to achieve the best possible results. CustomVue's iris registration technology is used to assure the best possible centration. With iris registration, the laser uses each patient's unique iris landmarks to accurately place the device. Additionally, the system offers automatic centering, automatic tracking, and correction for pupil centroid shift that helps line up the correction with the axis of vision. All of this technology leads to better results, clearer vision, and less annoying side effects such as blurred vision, glare, and halos at night.
Long Island LASIK surgeon Jeffrey Martin, MD, feels that iLASIK or bladeless custom LASIK is the best way to achieve successful LASIK results and he routinely performs this procedure on his patients. For those patients that do not qualify for LASIK, such as those with thin corneas, irregular corneas, high prescriptions, and dry eyes, we do offer custom advanced surface ablation treatments, including PRK, epiLASIK, and LASEK. These surface laser vision correction procedures offer the same excellent outcomes, but do take a few extra days to achieve the final visual result and patients may experience more discomfort.
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