WHAT IS LASIK?
Laser vision correction uses lasers to reshape the corneal surface of the eye to treat refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism).
There are different laser vision correction types, the most common and popular being LASIK (Laser in-Situ Keratomileusis). Another commonly performed procedure is Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), also known as photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Some people are better candidates for one procedure over another. Two types of lasers are commonly used in the procedure, the excimer laser and the femtosecond laser. Laser vision correction was first approved in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration in 1995, although the first procedure was performed outside of the U.S. years prior to that. Laser vision correction has stood the test of time as a safe and reliable way to help people see well. In fact, all U.S. military branches now recognize this and allow most soldiers, including pilots, to serve our country following laser vision correction.
WHY DO PEOPLE GET LASIK?
Laser vision correction is a life-changing experience for many people. After the procedure, you will no longer have to rely on glasses or contacts to see clearly. Do you hate waking up in the morning and being unable to see your alarm clock or packing bulky contact lens supplies just to go out of town for the night? Do you break your glasses often? With laser vision correction, those problems can be a thing of the past.
WHAT IS “CUSTOM” LASIK?
In the past, conventional laser vision correction was performed by applying the excimer laser at set amounts without regard to individual irregularities in a person’s eye. While patients were pleased and could see better after conventional treatment, some noted distortions in their vision. Custom laser vision correction refers to using a special optical mapping system (Wavefront guidance) before surgery to customize the laser to your eye’s characteristics and irregularities. This means that you will have a better quality of vision and a reduced chance of visual distortions than conventional treatment.