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Custom LASIK (Zyoptix)

Zyoptix Custom LASIK  PennsylvaniaIn 2003, Bausch & Lomb introduced Zyoptix Custom LASIK, a new personalized laser vision correction system unique to each eye for sharp, clear, and accurate vision.

While you may have only recently heard of the Bausch & Lomb Zyoptix personalized laser vision correction technique in the United States, the procedure is hardly new or untested.

Your eye is as unique as your own fingerprint, with its own special shape and complex characteristics that make it unlike any other. The best treatment is one that is unique to you. To better understand your particular vision and any impairments you may have, the Zyoptix system maps thousands of data points giving our doctors a fully detailed, three-dimensional picture of your cornea’s shape and characteristics. Our doctors can then provide a unique treatment for each eye, resulting in personalized vision correction that is as individual as your eye.

Small imperfections in the shape of the eye can cause a scattering of light, which in turn can contribute to vision impairment. This scattering of light forms distinct patterns within the eye known as aberrations. The innovative design of the Zyoptix personalized laser vision correction system allows our doctors to measure these aberrations, and then plan a treatment that exactly matches the eye’s individual vision errors.

Before surgery, we will determine your specific correction by measuring the wavefront of your eye, to capture all of the focusing errors in your eye and determine the amount of correction needed. This is accomplished by projecting a light into your eye and measuring the reflected light that comes out to determine your wavefront. Zyoptix LASIK uses the wavefront to guide the laser in reshaping the cornea to correct focusing errors.

During the procedure a small surgical instrument called a microkeratome, which works like a miniature carpenter’s plane, is used to make a very thin flap of tissue on the cornea (the clear part of the front of the eye). This flap is then folded out of the way, and an excimer laser is used to reshape the front surface of the cornea below the flap. The laser removes small amounts of tissue with ultraviolet light. After the laser treatment is finished, the corneal flap is placed back into its original position on the cornea.

The Zyoptix laser system also includes an active eye tracker system that automatically adjusts the laser beam to bring the laser pulses to the desired position in the event your eye moves during LASIK surgery.

It's common to feel some anxiety before any surgical procedure. But the LASIK procedure is fast, results are almost immediate, and there's minimal discomfort during recovery. These are reasons that LASIK is among the fastest-growing ocular surgeries today.

One of the most important and reasonable concerns a patient might have is about the safety of LASIK. In the experienced hands of a qualified surgeon, LASIK can be as safe as it is effective. But with any surgery, there are risks. Your assessment of LASIK surgery should consider these risks, and they should be discussed with our ophthalmologists.


The Laurel Eye Clinic has offices in Altoona, Bedford, Brookville, Clearfield, DuBois, Grove City, Johnstown, New Bethlehem, Seneca and St. Marys. Free consultations are available to any patient seeking freedom from glasses and contacts through refractive surgery.  Call 1-800-494-2020 for more information