Advantages of Custom LASIK

August 29, 2011 — by Dr. Zimmer
Tags: Custom Lasik Laser Vision Correction Refractive Surgery

Some of the most common vision problems that people experience are refractive errors. These are vision problems related to the way that light passes through the eye and focuses on the retina. Poorly focused light can result in myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. The most traditional treatments for these sorts of problems have been the use of prescription contact lenses and prescription eye glasses. Over the years, however, refractive surgery options such as LASIK have been gaining in popularity.

LASIK and Advancing Technologies

At our Pittsburgh area LASIK center, we have used LASIK to improve the vision of thousands of patients. LASIK involves the safe and precise reshaping of the cornea using a special laser. The entire team here at InSightSM LASIK & Refractive Group will work closely with you to ensure you receive the most effective treatments possible. This may explain why we’re using the latest advances in vision correction technology in order to best treat each patient who visits us. That brings us to the topic of custom LASIK.

What is Custom LASIK?

Custom LASIK is the next step in laser vision correction. While every LASIK surgery is customized to the patient, custom LASIK uses extremely exact digital mapping technology to analyze the cornea and identify tiny errors in the shape and contours.

How effective is custom LASIK technology?

Custom LASIK technology is extremely effective and certainly allows for more precision than traditional LASIK. Using this digital map of the cornea, we can determine the most effective means of reshaping the cornea. This means a few things for patients:

  • Potentially achieving vision better than 20/20
  • Reduced possibility of pronounced vision loss over time
  • Reduced problems with light and contrast sensitivity often associated with traditional refractive surgery
  • Reduced halo and glare when compared to traditional LASIK
  • Improved night vision compared to traditional LASIK


Who is a good candidate for custom LASIK?

Essentially, the best candidates for custom LASIK surgery are the same people who would be good candidates for traditional LASIK surgery. There is a slight different, however. Given the precise mapping of the cornea, some patients who may not be candidates for traditional LASIK may be able to undergo custom LASIK. (Note that if a patient is not a good candidate for LASIK or custom LASIK, Pittsburgh PRK still remains one of many options.)

What else should I know about custom LASIK?

There’s a lot more that might be on your mind when it comes to custom LASIK, which is why it’s important that you speak with our LASIK surgeons and ophthalmologists for more information. The entire team here at InSightSM LASIK & Refractive Group will be able to address any concerns that you may have or answer any questions in much more detail.

Learning More About Your Refractive Surgery Options

To schedule a visit to InSightSM LASIK & Refractive Group, please contact our Cranberry Township LASIK and refractive surgery center today. We look forward to discussing any of your eye health issues in greater depth and detail in person.