From Van and Bonnie
Advanced CustomVue designs and delivers individualized corrections with greater flexibility and precision than ever before during laser vision correction.
For many patients there are numerous reasons for poor vision. In a single eye, there may be several different types of visual imperfections and these imperfections are called aberrations. Aberrations are classified as lower-order aberrations and higher-order aberrations. In the past, doctors were only able to correct the lower order aberrations, such as: nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Yet, these are not the only causes of blurry vision. Higher order aberrations impact your vision as well, and cannot be corrected with glasses or contacts or even traditional LASIK surgery.
Today, WaveFront Mapping technology is available that examines the entire optical system, allowing for higher order aberrations to be detected, measured and mapped. The ability to diagnose the higher order aberrations now leads to the ability to correct them resulting in CUSTOMIZED LASIK and ASA.
LASIK is an excimer laser surgical procedure that treats the middle layers of the cornea to correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and/or astigmatism. LASIK is FDA approved and is the most advanced procedure for correcting focusing problems of the eye. LASIK is performed using numbing drops to prevent pain during the procedure. A vacuum ring secures the eye while a thin layer of the cornea is formed into a flap. This flap is folded over, and the laser surgery is performed on the bed of the cornea that is exposed. The laser treatment reshapes the cornea to treat the refractive condition. The actual laser portion of the procedure lasts 10 to 60 seconds. The flap is then placed back into its original position and observed for 2-3 minutes to ensure that it is fully adherent.
Advantages of LASIK include:
- Little or no discomfort following the surgery
- Recovery of vision often within 1-2 days
- Little or no risk of developing haze following treatment
- Ease of doing additional laser treatment should this be necessary.