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Is Wavefront Lasik the Right Procedure for You?

Sep 1, 2008
First things first. Undergoing LASIK eye surgery is a decision that should be made with your qualified vision specialist. It is optimal to get more than one consultation. In other words, speak to more than one doctor of you want to get a 360 view of what is available in terms of eye surgery and correction.

Wavefront Lasik surgery is a type of LASIK in which the eye is "mapped" in great detail by a laser. A doctor will find the aberrations or places in your eye that are problematic and hurt your vision. These are visual errors that can either be very mild or higher order on a scale of detriment to your vision.

Your eye doctor will then be able to advise you on what lasik eye surgery procedure is right for you and your particular situation.

Wavefront lasik is a procedure that utilizes more technology than traditional lasik. Since the mapping of the eye is more detailed with this surgery, sometimes the results can be better. This is because the procedure will be more customized to your particular eye.

The laser, in wavefront, is guided by the technology and tends to be more precise. It is also more expensive than the regular LASIK surgery procedures.

You will be charged per eye in any Lasik operation, which is something that people forget. But if you have a good vision care provider, you will totally prepared for everything that happens.

Some people believe that wavefront lasik, which is also known as custom lasik, is superior and that the corrections will last longer than traditional. Also, you have to remember that it is your eyes you are dealing with here.

You only get one pair of them. If you have the opportunity to get better treatment, it is advisable to do so.

The improved vision that results after the procedure may also last longer with the wavefront lasik procedure. This is another good thing. You definitely do not want to have to have more work done on your eyes--or any other body part for that matter--if it can be avoided.

The healing process is the same with wavefront, which means the the corneal flap (which is created during the surgery) will start to heal almost immediately.

Your doctor will probably advise you to rest for a few days and just generally take it easy as your eyes begin to heal.

Your eyes will start to heal very quickly and the results of the lasik procedure will start to be in effect almost immediately.

You eyes may be dry so you may be prescribed some kind of eye drop. Generally, for the first few days, you should not watch tv, read, or do anything else that may strain your eyes.

Whether or not you qualify for wavefront lasik surgery is totally dependent on your doctor's advice, how high of an order the aberrations in your eyes are, and the level of improvement possible.

Always consult your doctor and learn all there is to know about any medical procedure--vision or otherwise--that you decide to go through with.
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