Wavefront LASIK for Customized Vision Correction
Wavefront LASIK is a highly individualized laser vision correction treatment that can provide you with long-lasting and outstanding results. This procedure involves the use of sophisticated imaging technology so our ophthalmologists can plan and execute your procedure with precision. Dr. Peter Broberg, Dr. Halsey Settle, Dr. William McGlathery, and Dr. Ximena de Sabra help patients experience clearer vision with customized treatment. Contact our office today to learn more about wavefront LASIK or schedule a consultation at our Austin, TX practice.
What Is Wavefront LASIK?
In traditional blade-free LASIK, the surgeon programs the information collected from your eye exams and medical history into the laser computer to guide your surgery and modify your corneal shape. With wavefront LASIK, we are able to collect much more detailed information about your cornea to more accurately plan your surgery. We do so with an advanced tool called an aberrometer, which measures aberrations in your ocular structure. You look into the machine while it passes a round wave of light through your eye, measuring the light as it enters and exits your cornea. The way the light bounces and refracts off of your tissue provides a detailed map of your unique eye, which our doctors use to plan your LASIK surgery.
The wavefront LASIK surgical process is similar to traditional blade-free LASIK. After numbing your eyes with anesthetic eye drops, your surgeon will use a femtosecond laser to create a circular flap in the surface of your cornea, through which he will access the stromal tissue. Then, the surgeon will use an excimer laser, which is guided by the wavefront map and your surgeon’s input to make exact modifications to your cornea. Once your cornea has been reshaped, your surgeon will place the flap over the cornea so it can heal with the surrounding tissue.
Wavefront LASIK offers many advantages to patients. In addition to correcting your myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism with an efficient treatment and shortened recovery time, wavefront LASIK can benefit patients by:
- Allowing us to measure and correct higher-order aberrations, which are subtler distortions to vision caused by defects in the cornea, aqueous humor, lens, vitreous, and tear film. Correcting these issues can provide improved contrast sensitivity for clearer, sharper eyesight.
- Reducing the incidence of light sensitivity, which can create halos, glare, and worsened night vision. These minor errors are less likely to occur with wavefront LASIK because the surgery is usually much more precise.
- Lessening the chance that you will need revision surgery due to under- or over-correction.
Overall, wavefront technology builds on the already-impressive capabilities of LASIK surgery, improving your chances of experiencing better vision after surgery and reducing your risk of complications. According to a 2009 study, 84 percent of wavefront LASIK patients enjoyed 20/20 vision after surgery without the need for glasses or contacts.
Learn More about Wavefront LASIK
This procedure enhances conventional blade-free LASIK even further, allowing us to more accurately assess and correct your vision. To learn more about wavefront LASIK or schedule a consultation with one of our experienced doctors, contact us today.