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3 Important Advancements in LASIK Technology

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Tue, Aug 06, 2013 @ 01:38 PM

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Having only been FDA approved fourteen years ago, and with millions of patients having had the procedure so far, LASIK is among the fastest developing surgical techniques available.  Huge advancements have been made in that relatively short amount of time, improving the comfort, time, and outcome of the procedure.  Today, less than 1% of all LASIK procedures result in serious complications, a fact that can be directly attributed to the advancements in LASIK technology and the understanding and skill of surgeons.

 

Since its inception, LASIK has undergone a variety of changes, and there are currently a few different methods to choose from.  However, there are three specific advancements that have quite possibly done more for the success of LASIK surgeries than others.

 

  1. Bladeless – LASIK involves reshaping of the cornea.  In order to do so, a flap in the cornea must first be created. In previous and some existing LASIK techniques, this was done with a razor blade.  On top of making the patient feel less comfortable, the blade was also far less predictable.  The size and thickness of the flap could vary greatly, leading to unnecessary complications.  Many versions available today, such as the IntraLase FS laser, allow this flap to be created with the use of a laser.  By doing so, the accuracy and predictability of the procedure has improved drastically.

  2. Eye Trackers – The very earliest of LASIK procedures required the patient to fixate on a light in order to center the treatment.  Fortunately, most excimer lasers currently in use are equipped with eye-tracking systems.  These sophisticated systems keep continual track of the eye’s movement throughout the procedure and adjust the laser beam accordingly.  In addition to the ability to perform bladeless incisions, eye trackers have helped bring complications from LASIK surgery to a minimum.

  3. Wavefront Technology – Wavefront LASIK is a highly advanced procedure which permits your surgeon to build a 3D map of how your eye processes images.  This information allows for precise shaping of the cornea based on your particular degree of refractive error.  Procedures such as CustomVue LASIK offer this wavefront technology and can result in a reduced likelihood for optical aberrations such as glares or halos.

     

The LASIK procedure has come a long way in its short amount of time.  It is currently among the most sought after and effective elective procedures in the nation.  Millions of people have successfully found drastically improved vision thanks to the surgery.  At Eye Specialists of Louisiana, we have embraced all of the latest advancements in technology.  That, in conjunction with our highly qualified ophthalmologists, gives our patients the best possible outcomes.  Currently, our LASIK procedures include two highly sophisticated methods for ideal results:

 

  • IntraLase – The IntraLase laser provides bladeless creation of the corneal flap as discussed in the first listed advancement.  The unique level of precision offered by this laser has opened up the LASIK procedure to many patients who would not have previously been candidates.

  • CustomVue – The CustomVue LASIK refractive eye procedure utilizes Wavefront technology as well as the VISX laser to map the cornea and provide corneal reshaping with the highest level of accuracy possible.

     

If you are considering LASIK surgery to correct your vision, finding a skilled surgeon who also offers the latest in technological advances is the most crucial part of your decision.  Please contact our office to schedule your consultation and determine if LASIK with Eye Specialists of Louisiana is right for you.  Additionally, if you would like to learn more about the procedure, click the image below and access our free and informative guide detailing what every patient should know before choosing LASIK.

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