When it comes to achieving excellent vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses, many people turn to LASIK surgery. LASIK reshapes the cornea so that light passes through it properly. Our Toronto laser vision correction center is committed to providing patients with the best possible treatment experience. That's why we're happy to offer iLASIK. This is the most advanced form of LASIK surgery that can be performed today, and it is miles ahead of the traditional LASIK surgery that was being performed just a few years ago.
iLASIK surgery combines two advances in laser vision correction technology: custom LASIK digital mapping and bladeless, all-laser LASIK techniques. Let's look at both of these matters separately so you have a good idea of what each means for the LASIK experience.
Custom LASIK Technology
While all LASIK surgery is technically customized, Toronto custom LASIK means a great amount of precision and accuracy. Custom LASIK involves a digital map of the cornea. This will identify major and minor issues with contour. By pinpointing the various imperfections of the corneal surface, both higher order aberrations and lower order aberrations can be addressed.
Lower order aberrations are common refractive errors: myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. Higher order aberrations are certain visual distortions caused by small imperfections of corneal shape: glare, halos, starbursts, issues with contrast, etc. Traditional LASIK could only address lower order aberrations; custom LASIK is able to address both higher order and lower order aberrations.
Bladeless LASIK Surgery
In order to reshape the cornea, a flap must be created on the topmost layer of the cornea first. In traditional LASIK, this corneal flap was made by using an instrument known as a microkeratome. With bladeless LASIK, there is no microkeratome used at all. Instead, a laser is used to create the flap, meaning the surgeon does not need to use a physical instrument on the eye.
What This Means for the Eye Surgery Patient
In addition to enhanced vision quality thanks to the accuracy of the digital map, iLASIK offers patients the safest refractive surgery procedure possible. The use of a laser to create the corneal flap means less chance of infection or mistakes in the process. In addition, the LASIK laser that reshapes the cornea is computer-controlled, using the precise digital map to guide its beam. This means the elimination of human error during the correction of the corneal shape.
Is iLASIK right for me?
Not everyone is a good candidate for iLASIK surgery. Sometimes a condition of the corneas, a problem with dry eye, or an instability in prescription may make a person a poor candidate for iLASIK surgery. That's why our Toronto eye care surgeons must perform a comprehensive consultation on a patient prior to developing a treatment plan. Anyone interested in iLASIK should stop by our practice so we can provide you with all the information you need about your best treatment options.
Learn More About Laser Vision Correction
For more information about iLASIK and other options for vision care and vision enhancement, be sure to contact our Toronto eye care center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve excellent vision.