LASIK Advances

February 8, 2016 — by William Goldstein
Tags: Lasik Lasik Advances Lasik Surgery

Advancements in LASIK that You Can Look Forward To

Till even two decades ago, LASIK was an absolutely unknown surgical technique for correcting vision. In fact, its introduction led to the fulfillment of an exciting dream of millions of people all over the world. But things have drastically changed now with LASIK being a common and popular technique for correcting vision of the eyes. In fact, even 15 years ago if a patient indeed got his or her perfect vision of 20/20 via a refractive surgery, it would be considered as a miracle. But with advancements in medical science, further LASIK advances are expected to take place so that the results can be even better.  It may even be possible for patients to gain ‘better than perfect’ vision, better than 20/20 that was always the gold standard. The objective of introducing more LASIK advances is to use improved technologies so that current techniques that are used in the surgery can be improved and better results can be achieved for the patients.

Major goals for LASIK treatments in the future

There are three key goals for  LASIK advances for patients in the future that are as follows:

 Vision of patients with post-operative eyes should exceed 20/20

 Make sure that the visual acuity after surgery is of a much higher quality and there are minimum halo and glare issues.

 Making corrections in aberrations and refractive errors for all those patients whose eyes have had relatively less successful treatments earlier.

Key obstacles

All those scientists and surgeons who are anticipating a better future of the LASIK surgery face one major obstacle. It is the limitation of the current technique. Human eyes are not simple structures and the irregularities may vary from individual to individual. In order to assess the optical structure and the vision of a person, only three numbers are used by the ophthalmologists for representing the characteristics of each eye. However, these 3 numbers are quite generic in nature to enable hundred percent correction of the structure of eye.

Future and current advances

It is because of these numbers’ simplicity that eye surgeries using laser may have side effects in some patients. Problems such as formation of halo when there is bright light, glare problem and inability to see in the dark, will need detailed and more specialized data about the eyes of each patient. Using this specialized information, surgeons would be more successful in helping their patients to get better vision without any complications and side effects.  The LASIK advances include CustomVue LASIK, which minimizes these side effects. Bladeless LASIK has also allowed more precise flap formation.