Laser Vision Correction

by David Jenyns

If you dream of freedom from glasses or contact lenses laser vision correction may be the solution for you. LASIK is the most well-known vision correction procedure, but there are several other types of laser vision correction. By reshaping your cornea, your ophthalmologist can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, giving you clear vision without the hassle of corrective lenses.

Refractive Error

Nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism are all forms of refractive error. Your cornea bends, or refracts, light to focus on the retina. When your cornea is misshapen the light does not focus properly. Refractive surgery reshapes your cornea, correcting how the light is bent and therefore correcting the focus of the light on the retina.

Types of Laser Vision Correction

You have probably heard of LASIK, but might not be aware that there are two types of LASIK, traditional and custom, and that there are several other forms of laser vision correction including:


All are performed using an excimer laser. The technique is different for each type of laser surgery, making laser vision correction possible for people who are not good candidates for LASIK.

The Precision of Today’s Laser Vision Correction

Refractive surgery is not new, but it is being constantly improved. Traditional LASIK has been used to safely and effectively correct vision for over twenty years. Custom LASIK is far more precise, and can give you even clearer vision.

In custom LASIK, Wavefront technology is used to map your eyes and guide the laser. Wavefront is also used to guide other types of laser vision correction. Wavefront diagnosis helps your ophthalmologist determine which type of laser surgery is right for you, and can detect high order aberrations that can be made worse by LASIK surgery.

Improving Your Vision and Your Life

Laser vision correction can mean freedom from corrective lenses for many patients. Those with very poor vision can achieve better corrected vision. Improving your eyesight can open up opportunities that you never had before. It may simply make things like swimming and other hobbies easier and more fun. For some, it can make essential activities, such as driving, possible. Getting rid of your glasses or contacts means waking up each morning with clear vision and never again having to worry about losing or damaging your lenses. To learn more about laser vision correction and what you can do to improve your vision please visit today.

To learn more about laser vision correction and what you can do to improve your vision please visit today.

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