As with most types of medical procedures, LASIK technology is constantly evolving. With these latest innovations, this popular eye surgery has become more accurate and exact, giving patients improved vision and a better quality of life. But with any highly touted new medical advancement, you may have some questions and concerns about safety. And that’s normal. So to put your mind at ease, here is a quick breakdown of custom LASIK, PRK, and iDesign LASIK technologies. By educating yourself, you can pick the perfect procedure for you for the vision you’ve always wanted.
Is LASIK Safe?
LASIK is one of the safest medical procedures available today. According to some studies, less than 1% of patients have serious long-term complications. However, you may experience dry eyes, halos, and other minor issues for the first few days or weeks following LASIK. To alleviate some of these symptoms or minimize potential risks, make sure to:
- Choose a reputable doctor
- Attend follow-up meetings
- Follow all instructions given by the surgeon
- Choose the right LASIK procedure for your needs
By following these tips, you can ensure better vision and lessen any chance of prolonged effects from the surgery.
Custom LASIK vs. PRK
Invented in 1988, PRK (Photo-Refractive Keratectomy) is the precursor to LASIK. However, the surgery still offers some benefits to certain patients, specifically those with a history of dry eyes or irregular corneas. Unlike LASIK, PRK involves removing a section of the cornea rather than creating a flap in the cornea (as with LASIK). This usually means fewer complications, although the recovery time is about a month.
Custom LASIK is the latest advancement in LASIK technology. While similar to conventional LASIK in some ways, Custom LASIK uses wavefront scans to create a map of your eye. Then, rather than the doctor performing the procedure manually, a computer moves the excimer laser to treat the affected parts of the eye. This results in a more accurate procedure with the best possible results.
iDesign LASIK Technology
While Custom LASIK has pinpoint accuracy and works better for those with larger pupils or those who want to limit complications, iDesign is the latest and most effective option. Though it comes with a higher price tag, the procedure and results are well worth the investment.
Approved by the FDA in 2015, iDesign LASIK is 25 times more accurate than conventional LASIK or PRK. Like Custom LASIK, iDesign LASIK uses wavefront scanning and measurements to make a map of the eye. But it’s a far superior treatment for one reason: it measures 1,257 points on the cornea compared to just 240 for Custom LASIK. With a map of the cornea over five times more accurate, iDesign is the most accurate choice, giving patients a greater chance for clear vision without any of the complications.
Our Orange County LASIK practice headed by Dr. Alexandra Chebil places a big emphasis on personalized patient care by offering the latest and safest technology best fit for each patient’s eyes. Find out what your vision needs by scheduling a private consultation.
Regardless of which LASIK procedure you choose, you’ll enjoy crystal-clear vision without the need for contacts or eyeglasses. So choose the one that meets your needs and budget, and you’ll be glad you did. Perhaps nothing is more invigorating than excellent eyesight.