LASIK has revolutionized laser eye surgery by bringing joy and hope for millions of patients. Premier eye clinics such as Houston Lasik have been on the forefront of innovation and technology adoption. Similar to PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), LASIK is the most popular one given its safe, painless, bloodless, non-invasive, and versatile applications.
As with any technology; there are advancements happening in LASIK at a fast pace. Here are some of them.
WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q laser
Topography-guided technology became approved by the FDA. A distinguishing feature of this technology is its super-fine laser that has an automatic centering mechanism. The inbuilt eye-tracking technology detects the most minuscule of eye movements that guide the laser projection onto the designated portion of the eye.
Contoura Vision/Topography-Guided LASIK
This technology is an upgraded version of IntraLase – the femtosecond laser and also the wavefront-guided laser. In this technology, extreme customization becomes possible which makes laser eye surgery available even on the thinnest of corneas. More precision means lesser post-operative distress in the form of complaints. It also leads to 20/20 vision in some cases and general patient satisfaction.
Raindrop Near Vision Inlays
This technology specifically addresses presbyopia through the use of inlays, which are tiny discs. They appear like a subtle contact lens but are much smaller in diameter; almost the size of a pin’s head and the girth could be half as that of a human hair strand. The inlay becomes placed over the pupil’s center after creating a small flap in the non-dominant eye. The flap became closed and allowed to heal. The inlay begins to change or alter the corneal shape. It functions as a natural lens. Although the inlay is only in one eye, the brain slowly re-calibrates all visuals from the dominant and non-dominant eye.
So, what are the other developments in the world of laser eye surgery that could potentially change the present technological paradigm?
Night vision reduction technology
Lasers may not treat the entire cornea. It could potentially leave only the center of the cornea able to process good quality visuals. Under the dark light, individual patients may dilate their pupils widely. Due to the differential in the corneal visual processing capability, a halo may appear to them. To minimize this effect, treatment of large corneal areas became recommended. This is precisely what venerable eye clinics such as Houston Lasik achieve. In future, lasers that can treat the entire cornea can be developed, thus popularizing this treatment which is currently available only in clinics such as Houston Lasik.
Better laser flap making technology
Currently this technology exists, but is in the process of getting better. In the future, more precision may become achieved in creating the flap thickness in the cornea. This kind of technology remains essential to allowing the maximum amount of tissue available in the eye. Laser flap making technology capabilities will be able to create flaps at any eye location. The incidences of poorly formed flaps through the use of laser will drop to zero percent.
Houston Lasik leads in providing premium LASIK technologies to Houston, Sugar Land, and the surrounding region. The center’s award-winning medical director introduced revolutionary technologies such as iLASIK to the region. This technology is used by NASA astronauts, Navy SEALS and Air Force fighter pilots. At Houston Lasik, you can now receive the same treatment. For more information, please call (281) 240-0478.