A more precise version of traditional LASIK, custom wavefront LASIK involves creating a 3-D map of the cornea that is used to guide the procedure. This approach is 25 times more precise than traditional LASIK, and involves a lower risk of developing glare, halos, and issues with night vision. Dr. Laurence T.D. Sperber is a board-certified ophthalmic surgeon in New York, NY, with over 20 years of experience performing refractive surgery. He can use the advanced wavefront system to significantly improve the clarity of your vision.
Custom Wavefront LASIK vs Traditional LASIK
Traditional LASIK procedures reshape the cornea based on the patient’s current vision prescription. As a result, everyone with the same prescription receives the same degree of correction. In contrast, custom wavefront LASIK makes changes to the eyes based on the patient’s unique anatomy, allowing the surgeon to create a truly personalized treatment plan.
Wavefront is customized to the unique shape of your cornea.
Benefits of Custom Wavefront LASIK
Custom wavefront LASIK offers a wide range of benefits compared to traditional LASIK:
- Enhanced Precision: Because the wavefront system produces a precise map of the cornea, it allows Dr. Sperber to customize your treatment to your unique degree of refractive error rather than your glasses prescription.
- Reduced risk of complications: Traditional LASIK can result in the patient developing halos, glare, and diminished night vision for up to a year following surgery. Because custom wavefront technology preserves the natural aspheric contours of the cornea, it significantly lowers the risk of these complications.
- Greater chance of achieving 20/20 vision or better: Studies have shown that 90 to 94 percent of wavefront LASIK patients achieve 20/20 vision or better. However, it is important to understand that the results do not guarantee complete freedom from glasses. For example, some patients may require reading glasses when reading fine print.
This approach is 25 times more precise than traditional LASIK and involves a lower risk of developing glare, halos, and issues with night vision.
Treatment and Recovery Timeline
Like traditional LASIK, custom wavefront LASIK requires about one hour in our office. The actual treatment takes less than 10 minutes per eye.
Recovery following custom wavefront LASIK is comparable to conventional LASIK. Slight sensitivity and tenderness can be expected for the first day or two. You may be instructed to wear a protective shield over your eyes for the first couple of nights as an added precaution. Dr. Sperber may provide you with moisturizing, antibiotic, or anti-inflammatory eye drops as well. Television, computers, tablets, and other screens should be avoided for the first 24 hours, as eye strain can complicate the healing process.
In most cases, patients can return to work or normal routines as early as the next day. Patients typically notice results immediately after the procedure, although vision may continue to fluctuate for several months.
Learn More about Custom Wavefront LASIK
If you have been considering refractive surgery, custom wavefront LASIK offers a wide range of advantages. If you are ready to reduce or eliminate the need for contacts or glasses, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sperber. You can contact us online anytime or call our office at (212) 753- 8300.