Since its creation, LASIK eye surgery has become a revolutionary procedure that’s changed the lives of millions of people across the globe. With LASIK, so many individuals have been able to happily put their glasses back in their cases permanently and even toss out their contact lenses. As an effective and affordable procedure, LASIK eye surgery has quickly become a reliable vision correcting procedure. However, as this procedure grows more and more popular, techniques and technology used in the surgery only become more refined as time goes on. Currently, consumers can select from traditional LASIK or custom LASIK. Let’s take a closer look at the difference between these two popular procedures.
Custom vs. Conventional
Conventional–traditional–and custom LASIK are two procedure options that boast their own advantages, allowing customers to receive the procedure they need for their specific vision needs. Custom LASIK, a popular option, is very much associated with the Wavefront guidance system. The Wavefront guidance system takes 3D measurements of how one’s eyes processes images–very high-tech and revolutionary. This innovative procedure offers wavefront analysis that will allow for a precise and accurate procedure–meticulously guiding the laser to reshape the corneal tissue based on the 3D measurements. Additionally, custom LASIK procedures can diagnose and treat LOAs and HOAs (lower order aberrations and higher order aberrations). Typically, LOAs include the standard sources of visual blurs that eyeglasses and contacts can treat–farsighted, nearsighted, and astigmatism. On the other hand, HOAs include night glare, starbursts, halos, double vision, and decreased contrast. In comparison to standard LASIK procedures, custom LASIK with Wavefront technology actually measures 25 times faster and more precise. While traditional LASIK is highly efficient and effective, custom LASIK offers a greater opportunity to obtain 20/20 vision.
On the latter, in a traditional LASIK procedure, doctors use a microkeratome which is a very small instrument that contains a disposable blade. The microkeratome cuts a very thin, hinged flap into the cornea. Once cut, this flap is lifted in order for the laser to reshape the eye for proper vision correction. Once the laser has finished (only taking minutes) the flap is placed back.
While the traditional LASIK procedure is highly acclaimed and implemented constantly, many patients are slowly leaning toward custom LASIK procedure that meets their specific vision needs. As the years progress, we will see a great increase in the number of patients that request custom LASIK instead of the traditional methods.
This article was written by Millennium Laser Eye Centers. Dr. Cory M. Lessner’s extensive training and expertise along with the professional team at Millennium Laser Eye Centers are recognized as a LASIK Leader in the United States.