LASIK surgery has helped millions of people worldwide achieve excellent vision without relying on prescription corrective lenses. Over time, the technology has evolved, allowing for even greater accuracy and greater safety in correcting corneal imperfections.
At our Chicago laser eye surgery center, we are proud to offer the latest in LASIK surgery: custom LASIK vision correction. We’d like to take a brief moment right now to show you why custom LASIK surgery is superior in many ways to traditional LASIK. We are committed to providing patients with the best possible eye care and vision enhancement, and will strive to remain at the forefront of vision treatment options.
About Traditional LASIK
Traditional LASIK surgery is designed to address refractive errors, which you may know better by the names myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. During a Chicago LASIK procedure, a flap is created in the topmost layer of the cornea (also known as the epithelium). Through this epithelial flap, the laser will safely reshape the cornea so that a patient’s vision is improved.
About Custom LASIK
Custom LASIK is practically identical to traditional LASIK save for one major difference: advanced digital mapping. This custom cornea LASIK technology allows surgeons to pinpoint minute imperfections on the cornea’s surface. Essentially, all LASIK surgery is customized to the patient, but custom LASIK is especially accurate. The digital map is fed into a computer that guides the laser during surgery, allowing for correction of both higher order aberrations and lower order aberrations.
Lower Order Aberrations and Higher Order Aberrations
Lower order aberrations refer to basic refractive errors that we mentioned before: myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism. Higher order aberrations refer to vision problems such as glare, starbursts, halos, poor night vision, and poor color sensitivity.
Traditional LASIK is only able to address lower order aberrations and cannot sufficiently treat higher order aberrations. Custom LASIK surgery is able to address both lower order aberrations and higher order aberrations thanks to the precision of the digital mapping technology.
The Advantages of Custom LASIK are Clear
Since custom LASIK allows patients to experience enhanced vision when compared to traditional LASIK, it is obvious that our ophthalmologists and optometrists serving Chicago wish to provide this highly accurate treatment to patients. We would love for you to come in for a visit so we can determine if custom LASIK is the best option for you and your eye care needs.
Is 20/20 vision more likely with custom LASIK?
We don’t feel it is our place to make any guarantees about 20/20 vision or better with custom LASIK. What we can say is that the increased accuracy of custom LASIK technology does provide patients with excellent vision that is clearer and crisper.
Learn More About Advanced Eye Care Options
If you would like more information about laser vision correction options and other matters related to eye care and vision correction, be sure to contact our Chicago refractive surgery centers today. We look forward to discussing all of these matters with you in greater detail and helping you make the best possible decision about the health of your eyes.