Hoopes Vision Wavefront-Optimized

At Hoopes Vision, it has always been our goal to provide the newest, safest, and most advanced technology to our patients. Along with blade-free LASIK, the other most significant advance in laser vision correction has been the advent of wavefront-optimized procedures. We were the first practice in Utah (by nearly five years) to offer wavefront-optimized LASIK and the first to acquire multiple laser platforms capable of performing wavefront-optimized treatments.

The most advanced LASIK and PRK procedures today are wavefront-optimized procedures. Wavefront-optimization means that the laser is designed to maintain the natural shape of the cornea after treatment. This leads to reduced side effects (such as haloes and glare) when compared to earlier, non-wavefront-optimized procedures.

Since its introduction, LASIK was very effective at treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. However, in the early years, LASIK was unable to address higher-order aberrations, the microscopic optical defects that exist in every eye, and in some cases would even cause these aberrations. Higher-order aberrations are responsible for visual effects such as haloes, glare, and starburst effects around light sources, especially at night. Therefore, in the early years of LASIK, it was not uncommon to hear of patients, even ones with outstanding 20/20 vision, complain of haloes and glare.

Because of their demonstrable superiority to previous laser refractive surgeries, Hoopes Vision performs exclusively wavefront-optimized LASIK and PRK. With the new Wavelight Refractive Suite and the Zeiss MEL80, Hoopes Vision is the only laser surgery practice in Utah to feature multiple laser systems capable of wavefront-optimized treatments.

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Wavefront-Optimized Mapping and Higher-Order Aberrations

The first attempt to address this issue came in the form of wavefront mapping and wavefront-guided LASIK. In this type of procedure, microscopically detailed maps of the cornea, known as wavefront maps, were taken during the preoperative examinations. These maps were then used to guide the laser in what was called a wavefront-guided or custom treatment, and many LASIK surgeons reported reduced postoperative halos and glare in patients who received these treatments.

Today, the latest in LASIK technology is the wavefront-optimized treatment, found in advanced lasers such as Hoopes Vision’s Wavelight EX500. A wavefront-optimized treatment takes things even a step further by performing a treatment that helps maintain the human cornea’s natural prolate shape. These wavefront-optimized lasers provide better vision in all lighting conditions and were the first lasers certified by the FDA to reduce or eliminate nighttime halo, glare, and starburst in comparison to earlier generation lasers.

Wavefront-Optimized Are You a Candidate?

The ideal candidate for custom wavefront LASIK has had a stable refractive prescription for at least a year and also has an irregularity that affects the quality of his or her vision.

Wavefront-optimized LASIK may not be right for you if you have the following:

  • Thin corneas
  • Large pupils
  • Corneal scarring
  • Pregnancy or nursing
  • An eye condition such as cataracts, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy
  • A medical condition such as uncontrolled diabetes or a condition that compromises the immune system

It is important to discuss your medical history and concerns during your free consultation. Our experienced surgeons will be able to recommend a procedure that meets your vision correction needs.

Wavefront-Optimized FAQ

What is wavefront-optimized technology?

Wavefront-optimized treatments helped preserve the natural prolate (round) shape of the patient’s cornea after treatment. This reduced an increase in higher-order aberrations that most other lasers created.

What is the newest wavefront-optimized laser approved by the FDA?

The Wavelight EX500 is the fastest and most precise vision correction laser available in the United States.

What is the benefit of wavefront-optimized technology?

Wavefront-optimized lasers such as the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q and Zeiss MEL-80 were the first lasers certified by the FDA to reduce nighttime halo and glare, which were among the most common reported side effects of the traditional LASIK procedure.

Are all LASIK surgery centers required to use the newest wavefront-optimized laser technology approved by the FDA?

No. The older generations of laser technology are still FDA approved and are in use all across the U.S. While this technology is still capable of freeing you from glasses and contacts and improving your quality of vision, wavefront-optimized technology maintains the natural prolate shape of the cornea. This results in reduced issues such as nighttime halo and glare when compared to earlier generation lasers. It is important to do your research and select a center that invests in the most advanced technology to ensure yourself the best possible postoperative vision.

When was LASIK approved by the FDA?

LASIK was formally granted final FDA approval in 1999. This marked a new era in surgical vision correction: LASIK has proven far more predictable, safe, effective, and permanent than earlier refractive procedures such as radial keratotomy (RK) and automated lamellar keratoplasty (ALK).

What is blade-free LASIK?

The first major advance in technology after FDA approval was the introduction of blade-free LASIK, also known as “all-laser LASIK.” Blade-free LASIK uses a computer-guided laser, called a femtosecond laser, to create the flap that was formerly made with an oscillating steel microkeratome blade.

Wavefront-Optimized Our Procedures

Our LASIK and PRK procedures are both wavefront-optimized. This means that they are based on detailed corneal maps, known as wavefront maps, and that furthermore, the lasers are designed to maintain the natural prolate shape of the cornea after treatment. This leads to better postoperative vision, both day and night.

Wavefront-Optimized Blade-Free LASIK

The most advanced LASIK procedure available today is blade-free, wavefront-optimized LASIK. The increased safety of femtosecond laser flap creation, combined with the improved results of custom wavefront-optimized treatment, make for a safe, predictable procedure with outstanding patient outcomes.

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Wavefront-Optimized PRK

Wavefront-optimized PRK can be a great option for patients who are not good candidates for wavefront-optimized LASIK due to thin or irregular corneas, high prescriptions, or a combination of these factors. PRK patients enjoy the same great postoperative vision as LASIK patients.

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Wavefront-Optimized Proven Results

It has been over ten years since Hoopes Vision brought the first wavefront-optimized LASIK and PRK procedures to Utah, and the results have been excellent. Tens of thousands of patients have come to Hoopes Vision because of our outstanding track record of proven results.

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Wavefront-Optimized LASIK E-Book

Wavefront-optimized LASIK is one of the many advances that has come during the years we have been in practice. Dr. Hoopes’ book, LASIK: A Guide For Patients And Their Families, details these advances, discusses the pros and cons of laser vision correction, and discusses some of the things that set Hoopes Vision apart.

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Wavefront-Optimized Schedule Your VIP Consultation

If you are interested in knowing if wavefront-optimized LASIK, or any of our other vision correction procedures, is a good option for you, please contact us. We would be happy to offer you a free VIP examination and consultation to help you determine your vision correction options.

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Wavefront-Optimized Our Experience

Our surgeons were performing wavefront-optimized LASIK and PRK almost five years before any other practice in Utah. Our team of surgeons is by far the most experienced in the state at this highest level of laser vision correction.

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Wavefront-Optimized Our Facility

Our facility in Draper was designed with laser vision correction in mind. Our laser surgery center features multiple wavefront-optimized lasers in a special climate-controlled laser room designed to maximize their performance.

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Wavefront-Optimized Affordability

While our primary goal is to offer the safest, most effective laser vision correction available anywhere, we also work hard to make wavefront-optimized LASIK and wavefront-optimized PRK affordable. Many patients who come to us seeking the best possible treatment are pleasantly surprised at just how affordable that treatment can be.


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LASIK Patient Spotlight Bill Allred


“I was a near-sighted little kid from about the age of 12. Actually, I was nearsighted at a much earlier age, I just didn’t know it. I got my first pair of glasses when I was 12 and I was thrilled. I could see the individual leaves on the trees. The mountains near my home in Ogden were no longer a blur of beige and green. I could read the blackboard in class.

“Glasses were great at first but then I started to hate them. They slipped down my nose. They got scratched all the time or they were broken. I couldn’t see when I went swimming. And God forbid I should lose my glasses when I was camping. I would have been lost in the wilderness forever! Contact lenses? I couldn’t wear them. They turned my eyes into burning red holes that I could barely see out of after about an hour of wear.

“Then, the miracle of laser vision correction…LASIK…and the glasses are gone forever. Dr. Hoopes has restored my eyesight to where it needs to be with a short, painless procedure. Now I don’t have to reach for a pair of glasses when I get up in the morning. I can ride my bike or work out at the gym without heavy, thick glasses sliding down my nose or fogging up. I don’t have to carry a pair of glasses and a pair of sunglasses with me and keep switching them back and forth.

“The experience I had at Hoopes Vision was top shelf all the way. I got the most thorough eye exam I’d ever had and everyone was friendly and professional. It’s probably the only surgical procedure I’ve ever had that I could say was actually kind of fun. Thanks, Dr. Hoopes.”

Bill Allred
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