The decision to undergo LASIK surgery is one that will impact your sight—and your life—forever. It’s important to fully evaluate your surgery center to make sure the following keys to laser vision correction are present for a quality procedure and result.
1. Completely Bladeless Procedure.
In traditional LASIK surgery, the cornea flap is created with a blade. This generally provides good results, but it carries more risk and can be difficult to ensure an accurate depth and consistent thickness of the flap in all patients. Your doctor should also offer IntraLASIK—an all-laser, completely bladeless procedure that delivers unprecedented accuracy and consistent results.
2. Sterilized Instruments for Each Eye.
To decrease the risk of infection, your doctor should use completely separate, sterilized equipment for each eye, even if you are having both eyes done on the same day. Some surgery centers reuse blade and equipment on the second eye, which increases the risk of infection.
3. Advanced Eye-Tracking Technology.
Don’t worry about your eye moving – advanced tracking technology follows the eye to make sure every laser pulse is put in an accurate location.
4. Custom Laser and Wavefront Technology.
Wavefront technology should be used to measure the high and low order aberrations to calculate the total optical fingerprint for your eyes. Custom laser technology should be available to maximize the quality of your vision and reduce the risk of glare and halos at night.
5. Pupil Measurement with Light Amplification and Large Pupil Scanning Technology.
In low light, your pupils increase in size. Your pupil size should be measured in a dark room with either light amplification or infrared technology, neither of which makes your pupil artificially smaller. By using large-pupil custom laser technology, the goal is to reduce the risk of glare and halos at night.
6. Pentacam & Orbscan Computerized Corneal Topography.
If an irregularity on the curvature of the cornea is not detected before surgery, you may experience poor results. Pentacam and Orbscan Topography detects these irregularities to maximize a favorable outcome.
7. Corneal Thickness Measurements.
If corneal thickness is not measured or is measured incorrectly, there may not be enough tissue preserved during the surgery. As a result, you may have irregular vision. If the cornea is not thick enough for laser vision correction, then implant technology may be a great option for you.
8. Advanced Tear Film Analysis.
The amount of tear film is essential to how the cornea will heal after surgery. If it is low, we will correct it to an optimal level before proceeding.
9. 1% Cyclogel Dilated Eye Exam.
Using drops with 1% Cyclogel dilates the pupil and relaxes the lens, allowing your doctor to achieve a more accurate measurement of nearsightedness or farsightedness and to ensure that the retina and internal eye are healthy.
10. Extended Service Backed by Experience.
Service from your doctor shouldn’t end with the procedure. Your after-care should include multiple follow-up visits between one day and two years after your refractive surgery. Vance Thompson Vision is committed to ensuring individual care for each patient, along with the highest level of experience available.
The LASIK procedure is the right answer for most patients who are considering refractive surgery to improve their vision. However, in patients with higher degrees of nearsightedness or farsightedness, the cornea may be too thin to allow full refractive correction.
In these cases, surgical implants may be the best alternative. These special devices are placed in the eyes to improve their focusing ability.