LASIK is a vision correction procedure used to fix common refractive errors that make you need contacts and glasses. It has been delivering impressive results since it got FDA approval.
But that doesn’t mean researchers aren’t continually improving the process. And that doesn’t mean that the eye surgeons at Laurel Eye Clinic don’t use new technology because we were getting good results before.
We are always looking for better ways to help you get the best vision of your life. That’s why we use Contoura Vision for our LASIK procedures.
Contoura Vision gives us even more control over LASIK procedures. Extra control gives you a custom LASIK procedure and better results than other LASIK technology.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is the most common refractive error-correcting procedure in the world. For people with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, it provides clear vision without contacts or glasses.
It works by correcting the shape of your cornea. When you have a refractive error, it’s because you have an irregularly shaped cornea.
Abnormal cornea shape affects whether light gets focused on your retina or not. When light doesn’t get focused directly onto your retina, you have impaired vision.
Then, you need glasses or contacts to ensure light hits your retina in the right place. By correcting the shape of your cornea, your surgeon ensures light gets focused right onto your retina.
That means after LASIK, you no longer need glasses or contact lenses. Instead, your now properly shaped corneas can focus the light on their own without the help of visual aids.
How Does LASIK Work?
LASIK uses two lasers to correct the shape of your cornea and your vision. The first, called a femtosecond laser, makes an incision in the outer layer of your cornea called the epithelium.
After your surgeon makes an incision in this transparent layer of your cornea, they create a flap with it. By making this flap, they can peel the epithelium back off your eye without removing it from your eye.
When they pull the epithelium back, they can access the thicker corneal tissue layer below it. This tissue is what gets reshaped during LASIK.
A second laser, called an excimer laser, is what reshapes your cornea and corrects your vision. It removes tiny bits of corneal tissue at precise locations to give your cornea a more uniform shape.
Your cornea can then refract light perfectly on your retina without any visual aids. After correcting the shape of your cornea, your surgeon replaces the epithelial flap.
LASIK doesn’t require any stitches or adhesive because the epithelium attaches and heals on its own. But you will have to be gentle with your eyes for a few weeks after your procedure. Otherwise, your flap could get dislodged and cause complications.
Using these lasers to make an incision in your cornea and reshape it requires a high degree of precision. The more information your surgeon has guiding your LASIK procedure, the better.
That’s why Contoura Vision is so vital and allows for the most precise LASIK procedures. It provides information that guides your surgeon through the procedure.
While you can perform LASIK without this information, you get even better results with it. That’s because Contoura Vision can make LASIK custom to your eyes.
Is LASIK With Contoura Vision Better Than Standard LASIK?
LASIK is a pretty straightforward procedure and has been since it gained approval. But improvements can always improve patient outcomes.
One recent LASIK improvement has been topography-guided LASIK which Contoura Vision uses.
Contoura Vision gives you clearer vision after the procedure and fewer side effects. That’s because the system takes measurements of your cornea before the reshaping process and creates a topographical map of it.
This map guides your surgeon during the procedure while they reshape your cornea. The technology takes twenty-two thousand unique measurements of your cornea in a matter of seconds.
This information then produces the procedure map. No two corneas are alike, so the map guiding your procedure is only for the single eye your surgeon is working on.
That way, your surgeon can remove tissue from exact locations and in precise amounts. No excess tissue gets taken out, and the wrong spots don’t get touched by the laser.
Older LASIK technology used static snapshots of your eyes to guide the procedure. These were effective and an improvement at the time of development.
But Contoura Vision is a step above that. The images it produces of your eyes are more dynamic than other technology. They give your surgeon a more in-depth three-dimensional map of your eyes.
What Are The Benefits of Contoura LASIK?
Contoura Vision gives your surgeon custom precision which produces better results for you. It also allows more people to get LASIK.
Contoura Vision allows people with higher degrees of astigmatism to get LASIK than with other technology. More extreme corneal abnormalities are now treatable because of the topography-guided system.
If you couldn’t get LASIK with different technology, Contoura Vision may allow you to get LASIK now. Also, the high degree of custom precision Contoura Vision provides produces fewer common LASIK side effects.
Even after standard LASIK, some patients experience glare, halos, and starbursts when looking at bright lights. Others experience difficulty reading and light sensitivity.
If you’re trying to read or perform a detailed task in the wrong kind of light, these side effects can be frustrating. When doing things like driving, they can be dangerous. Contoura Vision significantly reduces these post-LASIK aberrations.
Other technology may give you clear vision, but it could cause visual side effects. Contoura Vision can give you crisp, detailed sight without the post-procedure symptoms.
Would you like crisp, detailed vision without the hassles of glasses or contacts? Schedule a LASIK consultation at Laurel Eye Care in Mercer, PA, to see if you qualify for this life-changing procedure.
Even if you didn’t qualify for LASIK at a different practice, you might be able to get it with Contoura Vision. Don’t get LASIK with any other technology. Give your eyes the best possible treatment they can get with Controua Vision!