LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is currently one of the most frequently performed elective procedures in North America. Millions of people have safely and successfully chosen it as a suitable option for correcting their low, moderate, or high prescriptions. This procedure involves the use of an excimer laser to reshape the cornea to correct a patient’s vision error. This reduces, and sometimes eliminates, the need for glasses and contact lenses.
At Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center we combine IntraLase technology, to create the flap, with the Allegretto Wave or VISX laser to provide our patients with an exceptional LASIK experience.
With more options now available than ever before for vision correction you owe it to yourself to consult with Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center first. A complimentary consultation will help determine which procedure is right for your eyes.
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We Stand Behind Your LASIK Results… For Life!
VISION for Life is our commitment to you that we stand behind your LASIK vision results for life. We have confidence in our surgeons and in the stability of our patients’ results over the long term. Our intention is to help you maintain the best possible vision throughout your lifetime. The primary benefit of the VISION for Life program is our assurance that if an enhancement is medically advisable to maintain vision results, eligible and participating patients are entitled to the surgical enhancement procedure with any VISION for Life surgeon nationwide, at no charge.
Locate a VISION for Life Surgeon in your state, visit www.VisionForLifeUS.com
Who is Eligible for the VISION for Life Program?
You are eligible if you are in good general eye health and have had your initial laser eye treatment at a VISION for Life center by a VISION for Life – affiliated surgeon. Please read the program’s detailed guidelines for complete information. To maintain eligibility in the VISION for Life program, you need to have an annual eye exam performed by your eye doctor.
To find out if you may be eligible for this program or for additional information, please contact us today.
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What is Custom LASIK?
The term “Custom LASIK” is misleading because it implies that there is also some type of LASIK that is non-custom. Actually, every LASIK treatment for every eye is specifically ‘customized’ to treat the vision in that eye, just as every pair of glasses or contact lenses is specifically ‘customized’ for the person who will be using them.
The term “Custom LASIK”, which is essentially a marketing phrase, refers to an optical measurement known as the wavefront. Notice how many vision-correcting systems and lasers have the word ‘wave’ in their name. The wavefront is a concept described by the Belgian physicist Zernike in 1934.
When a patient is measured for eye glasses or contact lenses, we put a series of lenses in front of each eye and ask, “which is better, this lens or that lens.” This kind of testing is used to measure lower-order aberrations, and it is excellent for glasses and contact lenses. Wavefront technology can be used to measure higher-order aberrations, which can be an important part of LASIK treatments. All modern LASIK treatments correct lower-order aberrations and combine that with one of two different types of wavefront treatments: wavefront-guided (WFG) or wavefront-optimized (WFO). Most LASIK lasers in the United States can perform WFG treatments, but not WFO treatments. The WaveLight Allegretto laser that we use at Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center can do both WFG treatments and WFO treatments, although we definitely prefer to use WFO treatments for our patients.
These comments are not intended as a negative criticism of WFG LASIK treatments. In eye surgery medical journals, some articles conclude that WFO treatments are better than WFG treatments. Some articles state the opposite. Other articles conclude that WFO and WFG produce equally good results.
LASIK treatments for patients who are nearsighted change the normal shape of the cornea (front ‘window’) of the eye in a way that actually induces a type of higher-order aberration called spherical aberration. Spherical aberration is the leading cause of night glare and halos around lights after ‘successful’ LASIK. WFO treatments are designed to minimize these problems by maintaining the natural curvature of each cornea. WFG treatments do not address these issues. That is why the WaveLight Allegretto laser is the only LASIK laser in the United States approved by the FDA to reduce the risk of night glare.
WFG treatments are intended to measure higher-order aberrations that are present in the eye before LASIK and to correct them as part of the LASIK treatment in an attempt to get ‘super vision.’ A potential problem with WFG treatments is that higher-order aberrations can change with time so that a WFG treatment that is correct for the eye now may not be correct in the future.