An Overview of Custom Wavefront Lasik Surgery
A very popular way to correct the vision of people who are nearsighted, farsighted or who have astigmatism is with Wavefront LASIK (also called Custom LASIK or Custom Wavefront LASIK). This is a form of eye surgery which is favored by many ophthalmic surgeons today. It takes a skilled surgeon to find their way around laser eye surgery, but if you are a potential patient for one of these procedures, you don’t need to worry; you will be in very capable hands.
Ophthalmic surgeons are highly trained and Wavefront eye surgery has been around for years. In fact it was first approved by the FDA as far back as 2002. In addition, other LASIK surgery methods have been available for a great deal longer than that.
Wavefront LASIK differs from regular LASIK surgery by incorporating a mapping process prior to surgery. With the Wavefront procedure, an extremely complex computerized system first maps the entire inner and outer eye to reveal a three dimensional image. Of particular interest to surgeons in this procedure is the cornea, as this is where the surgery takes place.
Allowing the surgeon to see the eye in all three dimensions means he or she has detailed information on that particular patients eye. This LASIK Wavefront technology enables them to pinpoint exactly where the incisions should be and which refraction points to change which will allow the best possible results for the patient.
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Once this has been done, laser equipment targets the areas completely accurately to prepare for the custom Wavefront LASIK eye surgery. This entire operation is also diagnostic as it allows the physician to see if there are any other problems within the eye. Once the diagnosis has taken place, lasers are aimed directly into the cornea so the surgeon is able to see which refraction will enable the patient to see the best.
The outcome of these almost completely non-invasive surgeries is generally perfect 20/20 vision for the patient. In some cases it has been recorded that patients have better than 20/20 vision, they have “cyborg vision” (joke). While some LASIK surgeries have been known to result in less than perfect results, the are generally speaking very successful. The difference with Wavefront LASI