LASIK or laser assisted in situ keratomileusis is a procedure that uses two types of lasers to access and reshape the cornea of the eye. The result of this procedure is an improvement in many eye conditions that cause vision to be blurry. The procedure has been around since the 1980s and continues to evolve as doctors learn more. The latest in LASIK technology is Wavefront LASIK.
Wavefront LASIK is different from conventional LASIK because of the way the eye is measured for the procedure. Conventional LASIK required the surgeon to objectively measure the eye with handheld instruments or an automated device. These measurements were then applied to the entire reshaping process. The deficiency in this system is that the eye is not uniform so applying the same measurement was not the best option and resulted in less than ideal results for the patient.
Wavefront technology takes a waveprint of the entire eye’s optical system. This system is considerably more accurate than conventional methods and takes hundreds of data points over the entire eye. By taking measurements over the entire eye a map for the LASIK procedure is developed so that the surgery will be more precise. During the procedure the wavescan instrument will monitor and record each correction as it takes place and prevent unnecessary changes from being made. This type of monitoring during the procedure was not possible with conventional LASIK.
The increased precision of the Wavefront LASIK has reduced some of the negative side effects seen during conventional LASIK. Patients are reporting less haloing and night vision problems when they have the Wavefront guided procedure.
Wavefront LASIK is the latest in LASIK technology and has helped to correct the deficiencies of conventional procedures. The Wavefront mapping of the eye makes the LASIK procedure more accurate and reduces the side effects that had been seen with conventional LASIK. Eye Michigan offers the same technology that is referred to as Wavefront tech in that of their Wavelight Allegretto Laser, which offers some of the most precise Lasik eye Surgery in the Metro Detroit area.