LASIK eye surgery is a far cry from what it used to be. In the 1950s, surgically repairing vision was a new concept. A Spanish ophthalmologist by the name of Jose Barraquer invented an instrument called the “microkeratome” - a blade thin enough to make the corneal flaps needed for LASIK. Traditional LASIK surgery with a microkeratome is safe and is still performed today, but some believe it makes the procedure less precise. This is where topography-guided LASIK procedures come in.
What is Topography-Guided LASIK?
While topography-guided LASIK surgery is not the end-all-be-all of vision procedures, it has made quite the impact on the ophthalmology community and LASIK patients alike. The idea of a procedure completely custom to each patient’s eye, down to the tiny details, is revolutionary.
Topography-guided LASIK works by creating a detailed map of the surface of the cornea. With this information, your LASIK surgeon is able to devise a treatment plan specifically for you. Whether you have nearsightedness or nearsightedness with astigmatism, knowing the unique corneal topography of your eye will allow your LASIK surgeon to provide the best treatment possible.
Does it Work?
Many LASIK patients are opting for this procedure, and that’s because the data doesn’t lie. A clinical study showed that nearly 65% of eyes treated with personalized topography-guided LASIK experienced 20/16 vision (that’s better than 20/20!) In the same study, nearly 93% of patients who underwent topography-guided LASIK achieved 20/20 vision or better!
Am I a Candidate?
Amazingly, many people who were told that they are not candidates for LASIK may be qualified to undergo topography-guided LASIK. Because the procedure is so much more detailed, our LASIK surgeons are able to take on patients who have more severe refractive errors.
For instance, in the past, people with high levels of nearsightedness have been denied LASIK surgery. This is because the procedure would be too risky, as complication rates were higher. With topography-guided LASIK surgery, this risk is decreased, and LASIK surgeons are able to treat a broader scope of issues.
The results of this technology are obvious; more people are receiving better surgical outcomes. However, LASIK surgery isn’t for everyone. Topography-guided LASIK surgery is available at here at New England Eye Center, located in Boston, MA. If you’re curious about topography-guided LASIK surgery, come in for a consultation and find out if it’s right for you!