LASIK can treat both nearsightedness and farsightedness with or without astigmatism. During the procedure an IntraLase® laser is used to create a very thin flap of corneal tissue. Once this tissue flap is created, the surgeon positions the laser beam over the eye, directing light pulses to achieve the desired correction. The flap is carefully placed back in its original position. The whole procedure takes just minutes and there is little or no discomfort.
Since 2001, Minnesota Eye Consultants has been offering LASIK candidates the most advanced optical system diagnostics with the VISX® WavePrint™ System.
The physicians at Minnesota Eye Consultants recommend that all patients considering a LASIK vision correction procedure undergo a Wavefront analysis to determine the fingerprint of their unique optical system. Wavefront analysis are now part of all of our diagnostic evaluations for our refractive surgical patients.
“Custom LASIK” or “Wavefront-Guided LASIK” is a recent advancement in laser vision technology that allows the surgeon to personalize the procedure and to potentially improve the already excellent results obtained with traditional laser vision correction. Wavefront technology provides new diagnostic information previously unattainable.
Wavefront analysis works by measuring the distortion or irregularities of the eye, known as high-order aberrations. Because each patient has a unique visual optical system, the Wavefront data has been likened to a fingerprint.
Wavefront technology was developed to measure distortions that occurred as light traveling through the atmosphere was captured by a telescopic lens.