Is LASIK Right For Me?
If you are considering LASIK surgery options to correct your vision without the need for prescription eyeglasses or contacts, you’ve realized there is more than one kind of LASIK surgery for laser vision correction. Find out if LASIK with Georgia Eye Associates is right for you!
LASIK stands for Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. In all forms of LASIK, the purpose is to correct your refractive (vision) error by reshaping the surface of the cornea with a specialized laser. There’s a lot of terminology floating around on the internet, so it’s important to brush up on any procedures you may be considering.
In conventional LASIK surgery, your LASIK surgeon will numb your eyes with an anesthetic before creating a small flap on the cornea. This flap will then be pulled back to expose the area that the laser will access to correct your vision.
The drawback to conventional LASIK is that this procedure is the equivalent to putting on someone else’s identical eyeglass prescription, meaning that each patient will achieve a different level of visual clarity. Conventional LASIK is still quite popular and very effective for those who are not considered good candidates for bladeless LASIK. There are a few limitations to consider, as
conventional LASIK can only treat and correct lower order aberrations such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
If you have found different names for bladeless or custom LASIK in your research, you should know that these names are simply trademarked names for what is essentially the same procedure using advanced Wavefront technology.
Your options are either conventional or custom LASIK. Before making any decisions, your LASIK surgeon will discuss which option may be right for you. With custom LASIK, you’ll get a more precise and specific procedure. Custom LASIK is made to address your unique vision needs and corrections. Custom LASIK is a bladeless method. Instead of your LASIK surgeon creating the corneal flap, the laser itself will do the job. This is achieved as the laser emits micro and precise pulses of light, producing a stronger flap to be lifted by your LASIK surgeon. This option boasts a reduced risk for irritation and complications for patients and erases the possibility of human error occurring.
Bladeless LASIK Advantages
Bladeless or custom LASIK uses Wavefront Technology to create a fully customizable experience for each patient. Wavefront Technology increases the possibility of achieving 20/20 vision, or even better, by scanning the eye to create a 3-dimensional image. This allows your LASIK surgeon to program the laser to pinpoint your exact reactive errors.
Imagine a pair of eyeglasses made for your eyes only that provided the clearest vision, and that no one else, even someone with the same prescription, could wear. That’s what custom LASIK does for you when compared to conventional or standard LASIK.
Bladeless LASIK, using advanced Wavefront Technology, also offers patients more options for vision correction. Where conventional LASIK can only correct lower order aberrations, custom bladeless LASIK can treat both lower and higher aberrations. These include glares from bright lights, blurring, and halos appearing around lights.
LASIK may not be right for everyone, but isn’t it time for you to find out if it’s right for you? Schedule a complimentary LASIK consultation with Georgia Eye Associates!