Our commitment to delivering the best visual outcomes includes providing the latest FDA approved technologies in our clinics. That is why we are able to provide wavefront guided and topography guided laser treatments to our patients. Our refractive suite provides both of these treatment modalities enabling Dr. Vishteh to choose the most effective surgical options for each patient, customizing an individualized treatment based on their particular anatomy and visual systems. In addition, we use the Ziemer Femtosecond laser in creating LASIK flaps.
Wavefront LASIK, also known as custom LASIK, uses a special analyzer to produce a detailed map of your eye. It’s called custom LASIK because this analysis is like a “fingerprint” of your eye and is unique to each individual eye. This map is input into the laser which then creates an exact ablation profile creating a truly customized treatment. In general, this means improved odds of better results, lower risk of night vision problems, and potential for sharper vision than you currently get with glasses or contacts.
Most people will benefit from wavefront LASIK, but it’s not always the right choice for everyone. This page contains some technical information about wavefront LASIK, but most people find it’s easier to understand in personal conversation with Dr. Armin Vishteh at our Beverly Hills or Rancho Cucamonga office. For a free consultation that includes an evaluation of your candidacy for LASIK, please call 888-514-2020 or email Armin Vishteh, MD today.
What Is Wavefront LASIK?
Wavefront LASIK is a variation on the traditional LASIK procedure. It can improve the precision and accuracy of your laser vision correction procedure. It can reduce the already small risk of some vision problems after LASIK. For some people, it can even tell you when you shouldn’t have LASIK.
In a wavefront LASIK procedure, the first step is taking a wavefront measurement of the eye. This is done by sending a safe, precisely formed beam of light into your eye and measuring how that light is reflected out. This allows Dr. Vishteh to see the total effect of your entire visual system, not just the basic effects of your eye’s shape on your vision.
Sometimes the wavefront measurement will show that the LASIK procedure doesn’t have to be wavefront guided. Other times, it will show that wavefront-guided LASIK is the only way to ensure quality results.
Wavefront LASIK and Higher-Order Aberrations
There are two types of visual disturbances in your eye: lower-order aberrations (LOA) and higher-order aberration (HOA). LOA are the vision problems you’re likely already familiar with: nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
HOA are more complex visual disturbances that are mostly categorized and named mathematically. From a vision standpoint, you will likely see them as halos, glares, or starbusts around light sources at night, or as a loss of contrast or color sensitivity during the day.
Wavefront LASIK can both reduce existing HOA and minimize the risk that LASIK may introduce HOA.
Topography Guided laser technology is the most recent development in laser vision correction approved by the FDA. This technology employs more detailed measurements of the corneal surface allowing treatment of corneal irregularities. For patients with irregular corneas, Topography Guided treatments can deliver superior outcomes and reduce visual symptoms. Several conditions and irregularities previously unable to be treated with traditional or wavefront guided technology may benefit from topography guided laser surgery. Our system is one of the few FDA approved lasers to feature Topography Guided technology.
All Laser LASIK
At our centers we feature the Ziemer Femtosecond laser for our all laser LASIK flap creation. The Ziemer laser allows a fast, safe, and comfortable LASIK experience while providing superior postoperative outcomes. Combined with Wavefront or Topography Guided treatments, the Ziemer laser procedure also referred to as Z-LASIK is the most technologically advanced version of laser eye surgery available.
Corneal crosslinking is an FDA approved treatment for progressive keratoconus and other corneal conditions. Crosslinking strengthens corneal tissue by saturating the cornea with Riboflavin (a type of B Vitamin) which is then activated with UV light. This helps to restore the links in the corneal collagen hence strengthening the cornea. Crosslinking can reduce the need for corneal transplants in keratoconus and May be used to treat complications following LASIK or other refractive surgeries.
Dr. Vishteh will help you choose the appropriate procedure
Wavefront LASIK is an important development in LASIK technology, but whether it will benefit you depends on the actual visual error in your eyes. Dr. Armin Vishteh has specialized training in Ophthalmic Surgery as well as the benefit of the experience of more than 30,000 refractive eye surgeries. He can give you insight into this important decision about your LASIK procedure. He is dedicated to making sure every patient gets the right laser vision correction procedure to give you the best possible experience and results.
Please contact Armin Vishteh, MD today for a free consultation at our offices in: Rancho Cucamonga, Burbank, Santa Monica.