Globally LASIK has become the surgery of choice for improving vision. What has impressed doctors has been patients ask for the surgery even though insurance classifies it as an elective. Study after study has shown it highly effective for improving vision in certain areas. One of the reasons the surgery has remained popular despite out of pocket patient expense has been ophthalmologists continually seek to improve the operation. One of the latest developments in the field has been topography-guided LASIK.
Topography guided LASIK
In the January 2016 Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery results from a prospective of an observational nonrandomized unmasked study were published. Using 9 clinical settings in the USA, the study had patients 18 to 65 years old that had the condition of myopic astigmatism or just myopia for the first time. A total of 212 patients had the topography guided surgery done. LASIK topography approach lists as a complex operation. The precision of the measurement makes eye correction possible. A trademark of topography guided procedure became that the procedure was exclusively designed for corneal issues. Its topography guidance changed measurement from pupil orientated measuring to line of vision centering. The procedure has served as a good treatment for corneal abnormalities such as scarring.
How it is done
Doctors map out over 20,000 data points with the technology on the cornea itself. The information gathered downloads into the laser that performs the procedure. The procedure lasts 10 to 15 minutes per eye. This creates an individualized customized treatment for each patient specific to their cornea. Doctors report its common to achieve 20/20 vision again. Measuring the corneal topography, the designing of the ablation algorithm produced an optimum corneal curvature. Good vision makes for a high quality life. Even with the other technologies the results remain high with many reporting over 95% success rate. Topography guided LASIK improves specific conditions to that range.
What really matters
Despite advances in technology, with any LASIK procedure the most important factor that insures a good result is choice of doctor. The doctor strategically cuts the eye with a laser beam. The amount of preparation and correct diagnosis of a patient’s condition contributes heavily to the success rate of the operation. An award winning clinic like Dr. Khokhar’s Houston Lasik & Eye in Houston serves as a model of how a clinic takes care of patients before and after the surgery. Where the expertise comes in has been determined to be the transition zones. The ablation-planning software in the laser creates the customized connection. The software gives the doctors options. This allows the doctor to customize the treatment to the specific aberrations on your cornea. When an ophthalmologist can create extremely smooth and wide transition zones the outcome of the surgery is better. Since topography guided surgery only takes direct data it eliminates any errors possible making the surgery extremely safe.
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Houston Lasik & Eye 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 & Eye, you can now receive the same treatment. For more information, please call (281) 240-0478.