Custom LASIK Benefits: A New Step Forward In Laser Eye Surgery

By Wlliam E. Holcomb, MD on November 14, 2014

A man's eyes up closeThe entire team at Holcomb Laser Center is committed to providing patients with the best possible vision correction and eye health services. That means using the latest LASIK surgery technology for advanced laser vision correction.

Custom LASIK is one of the most recent advances in laser eye care, though it is commonly misunderstood. Let's take a moment right now to consider the many benefits of custom LASIK.

About Custom LASIK Surgery

Custom LASIK surgery is the latest step forward in laser eye surgery. Custom LASIK uses digital mapping technology in order to get an extremely precise image of your cornea. Using this image of the cornea, your LASIK surgeon is able to improve your vision by precisely addressing major and minor imperfections in the corneal surface and contour.

How Custom LASIK Differs from Traditional LASIK

While all LASIK is technically customized to the patient, it's technological advancements that set custom LASIK apart from the traditional LASIK of the past.

For one, custom LASIK uses wavefront digital mapping. This helps with the creation of the digital map of the cornea, one that is extremely exact and allows surgeons to identify both higher order and lower order aberrations.

Lower order aberrations are the traditional refractive errors you know better as:

  • Myopia (Nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
  • Astigmatism

Higher order aberrations are minute corneal imperfections that result in vision problems such as the following:

  • Glare
  • Halos
  • Blurriness
  • Ghost images
  • Poor night vision
  • Poor color sensitivity

In addition to the issue of higher and lower order aberrations, custom LASIK lasers are entirely computer-controlled, with the laser guided by the digital map of the eye for added precision.

Benefit #1: Treating Higher and Lower Order Aberrations

Traditional LASIK was only able to address lower order aberrations with any reliability.

Custom LASIK, on the other hand, is able to address both lower order aberrations and higher order aberrations. This means that patients of today are able to see even better than LASIK patients of the past.

Benefit #2: Greatly Improved Vision After Surgical Recovery

Elaborating on the benefit above, patients who undergo custom LASIK will generally notice fewer minor vision issues with glare and night vision once they have fully healed from surgery. It is true that light sensitivity issues are a side effect after LASIK, but once the eyes grow accustomed to the changes in the cornea, such issues should be greatly improved.

Benefit #3: Safe and Effective Laser Eye Surgery

Another major benefit it the safety and effectiveness of custom LASIK. Since the laser is computer-guided rather than manually moved, this eliminates the chance of human error. That means reduced chances of infection and other complications. This is an exceptional level of safety made available to all patients who qualify for custom LASIK.

Schedule a Consultation for Custom LASIK Surgery

If you are interested in custom LASIK surgery and would like to find out how it can be of great benefit to you and your needs, be sure to contact our laser vision correction center today. The entire team at Holcomb Laser Center will be more than happy to help you make smart choices about your eye care needs.

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