Options for Correcting Distance Vision
During LASIK, a thin layer of tissue is folded back from the surface of the cornea. After the laser reshapes the cornea, the tissue is folded back into place, where it bonds quickly. At the Maloney Vision Institute, they use a state-of-the-art, VISX S4 eye-tracking laser, flying spot laser, that produces an exceptionally smooth treatment. This three-minute procedure requires no needles and no stitches. LASIK can be used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Healing for most patients is so fast that vision can improve within hours of the procedure, and many patients return to work the next day.
With CustomVue™ or Wavefront Guided laser vision correction, a new standard is established, providing a precise level of measurement and correction never before possible. It improves the view of laser vision correction. CustomVue™ allows us to measure these visual imperfections at 200 individual points.
We can treat each of the 200 points individually to create a personalized vision correction that is ideal for you. This treatment can potentially provide vision better than you have ever experienced with glasses or contact lenses.
Using WaveScan®-based digital technology, originally developed for use in high-powered telescopes to reduce distortions when viewing distant objects in space, we can now identify, measure and correct imperfections in an individual’s eyes 25 times more precisely than with standard methods used for glasses and contact lenses.
This information is transferred to the laser, providing a new level of precision and accuracy to reach the full potential of your vision. The pattern of visual imperfections in your eye is as unique to you as your fingerprint.
Before these recent advancements in technology, doctors were only able to use standard measurements to correct vision, meaning that prescriptions could only provide a certain level of correction regardless of an individual’s needs.
In the clinical study, four times as many people were very satisfied with their night vision after the procedure as compared to their night vision before with glasses or contact lenses. One year after the CustomVue™ procedure, patients in a clinical study reported these great results without glasses or contact lenses:
- 100% could pass a driving test
- 98% could see 20/20 or better
- 70% could see 20/16 or better
If you are not a Candidate for Lasik
People who are extremely nearsighted or farsighted may not be suitable candidates for LASIK, but may benefit from a Verisyse lens, which is a special contact lens that is implanted behind the cornea. While this procedure was only recently approved by the FDA, extensive European studies have found that this lens can offer accurate, safe correction of vision.
LASEK & PRK
These procedures are similar to LASIK, except that a tissue flap is not created. The laser treatment is done on the surface of the eye after removing the outer layer of cells. LASEK and PRK are suitable for people whose corneas are too thin or too curved to be good candidates for standard LASIK. With LASEK and PRK, healing time is slightly longer than with LASIK, and good vision is achieved in four to seven days.
In general, the conditions we’re able to treat include nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. If you are 18 years of age, have healthy corneas, and have had stable vision over the past year, you may be considered as a potential candidate.