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How is Custom LASIK  better than Traditional LASIK?

The advances of medicine have greatly improved technology in the field of laser eye surgery. Traditional LASIK was once the only option for laser vision correction surgery, and not every patient was considered a good candidate. This was learned later on, and now patients who do not meet ideal standards as a candidate for LASIK have other options. In Los Angeles County LASIK is just one option of many procedures now available to accommodate a variety of needs for vision correction.

Traditional LASIK is the procedure of choice for many Americans with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. A relatively quick and simple procedure that takes about 15 minutes, LASIK is performed with a microkeratome blade. The laser eye surgeon fashions a small flap in the outermost clear part of the eye or the cornea. An excimer laser reshapes the cornea and the flap is then replaced as the eye heals itself naturally. Any Los Angeles LASIK surgeon will tell you, this procedure, while simple enough, is not the latest  nor the best for all patients or for correcting all types of vision abnormalities.

The fact is traditional LASIK is not designed to address higher-order aberrations. Refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism are low-order aberrations can be corrected with traditional LASIK. Patients with large pupils, sensitivity to low contrast and thin, misshaped corneas may not be candidates for traditional LASIK. Low contrast sensitivity is considered a high-order aberration which makes it difficult to see an object in a context of low contrast (night vision). People with large pupils are not only prone to poor night vision, but actually traditional LASIK can worsen the aberration.

For these types of high-order aberrations you may be a candidate for Custom LASIK Los Angeles County laser eye surgeons use Wavefront technology to identify refractive errors that are undetectable through traditional LASIK. The Wavefront technology creates three-dimensional graph of the cornea, the measurement of how your eye focuses light. Custom LASIK corrects visual acuity, as well as visual quality. Wavefront technology Guided lasers are more precise and individualized for each patient. Also important is the iris registration and active tracking devices in these latest lasers.

Custom LASIK is a newer technique, and is so precise it is often used to fix vision anomalies in patients who have already gone through traditional LASIK. As a revision laser eye surgery, Custom LASIK or its variants like custom lasek is also used to treat patients experiencing complications from traditional LASIK, such as sensitivity to light, glare and halos at night. For more information please visit your local Los Angeles County LASIK surgeon and schedule a consultation today!

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About Rajesh Khanna MD

A passion to spread vision.
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