How Advanced LASIK Technology Enhances Your Eyesight
Hudson Valley - LASIK Technology
If you suffer from astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness, the ophthalmologists at Palisades Laser Eye Center can correct your vision with LASIK eye surgery. This popular procedure involves creating a flap in your cornea and modifying your ocular tissue with a potent, precise excimer laser so you can see clearly and say “goodbye” to glasses or contacts. At our Hudson Valley practice, we use sophisticated LASIK technology to make this process even more efficient and accurate. In addition to traditional LASIK, performed with a thin microkeratome blade, our ophthalmologists offer bladeless and customized versions for improved outcomes. Our upgraded tools and techniques help to ensure that you enjoy the vision you deserve.
What Happens during LASIK?
Your corneas are the clear surface of your eyes, which light must pass through to reach your retina and allow you to see clearly. If your corneas are improperly shaped, you will likely suffer from blurry vision. People whose corneas protrude outward are nearsighted, while those with flatter corneas are farsighted and have trouble seeing nearby objects. Astigmatism results from asymmetrically or irregularly-shaped corneas, causing blurry vision. Therefore, your surgeon can correct your eyesight by modifying your corneal structure.
LASIK typically requires just topical anesthetic in the form of numbing eye drops, which will be applied a few minutes before your surgery. Your doctor will create a circular flap in the outermost layer of your cornea, which he or she will peel back to access your deeper stromal tissue. At this point, your ophthalmologist will use a laser to modify the tissue for a better shape. Once your surgeon has adequately reshaped your cornea, he or she will place the flap back over your cornea, where it will reattach as it heals. To finish your procedure, your ophthalmologist will place a transparent plastic covering over your eye to protect it.
During conventional LASIK, eye surgeons use a thin microkeratome blade to create a corneal flap. State-of-the-art iLASIK involves using an IntraLase® laser to make this incision, allowing for greater accuracy and reducing your risk for flap complications, which occur when the corneal flap is not perfectly circular or has an irregular texture. From this point forward, blade-free iLASIK involves the same techniques as the traditional procedure.
As part of our commitment to offering the latest LASIK technologies, we also provide customized LASIK. This involves using our CustomVue™ system and WaveScan® technology to plan and guide your surgery. In conventional LASIK, your surgeon must typically undercorrect or overcorrect your vision to plan for a margin of error. This means that you may lose your best-corrected vision, the clearest eyesight you previously experienced with visual aids such as glasses or contact lenses.
Our wavefront tools allow us to pass light waves through your eyes to create precise digital maps of their shapes. We can then transfer these images to our computerized laser, which uses the unique structure of your corneas to repair them. Customized LASIK (especially when paired with iLASIK techniques) increases your chances for achieving your desired visual acuity and reduces your risk for ocular issues such as light sensitivity, glare, or contrast sensitivity.
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If you would like to learn more about LASIK technology or schedule a consultation with one of our ophthalmologists, please contact our office today.