No one technique fits every patient. That is why the Houston Lasik clinic trains its staff and doctors in several techniques. If LASIK laser eye surgery becomes determined not to give you the best eyesight Houston Lasik has other options. What are the surgeries or terms used in a LASIK center?
1. LASIK means laser assisted in situ keratomileusis. A laser eye surgery which corrects the vision by reshaping the cornea. It originally treated myopia or nearsightedness. The process has also been evolved to treat farsightedness known as hyperopia and some cases of astigmatism. Its 10-minute delivery involving creating a flap quickens the healing process.
2. PRK means photorefractive keratectomy. A laser eye surgery that also shapes the cornea of the eye by scraping. It too corrects myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia. The outer layer of the cornea that became scraped is removed. Recovery is slower, increased infection risk, and more time for vision to clear. For certain conditions, it remains the better option.
3. Wave Front Lasik means a custom LASIK laser eye treatment with a special laser. Wave front technology creates a three-dimensional image of the eye. This allows for precise customization of the treatment of the eye. Other brand names include CustomVue, Accu-Wave, UltraLASIKplus, and VISx.
4. Blade Free Lasix means a laser performs the laser eye surgery. Precise and safe it creates a corneal flap making healing easier.
5. Advanced Surface Ablation means an older technique where a blade literally scrapes the epithelium from the cornea. Later the procedure evolved to a VISX laser doing the removal. The technique is still used and has stood the test of time but is not always the best choice for a patient.
6. Refractive Lens Exchange means making a small incision to remove the lens of the eye. It usually means a cataract exists and an intraocular lens (IOL) will replace the natural lens.
7. 3D ActivTrak LASIK means a special technology on a VISX Star S4 IR excimer laser. It tracks the eyes 3-dimensional movement making the surgery precise when using the laser. It was considered a breakthrough technology.
8. 4th generation technology means though some of these procedures have been around more than 20 years it is not the same. Much of the laser equipment has been updated and evolved for even more precision. Doctors after examining data have made improvements to the pre-and post-op care of a patient.
Which One is Right for You?
A consultation with a doctor at Houston Lasik will determine which procedure will give you the best eyesight with the least amount of pain. With all the brand and procedural names having a well-trained staff and the knowledgeable doctor makes all the difference in the procedure. It takes most of the fear out of the process as well. LASIK surgery has an extremely high success rate at this clinic. More terms than these exist but feel free to ask as many questions as needed to get the answers that will move you to better vision.
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.