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 eight 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.
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.
Are You a Good 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.
BEFORE YOU GET LASIK
Frequent Asked Questions
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.
The Wavelight EX500 is the fastest and most precise vision correction laser available in the United States.
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.
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).
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.