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LASIK Treatment Customization: The Benefits of LASIK in Portland Part 3

This third article in our series on LASIK procedures will focus on the significant advantages of the customized LASIK procedures provided by Tersigni Vision. Tersigni Vision is at the forefront of cutting-edge technology that seeks to significantly improve your vision without the use of glasses or contact lenses. Tersigni Vision is the premier modern LASIK and vision correction center in Portland. Life-changing LASIK is within your reach at our state-of-the art facility.

Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, or LASIK for short, is cutting-edge refractive eye surgery for correcting common vision issues like near-sightedness (myopia), far-sightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Our focus on customization in every LASIK procedure is what distinguishes Tersigni Vision from other providers. We believe that because every eye is unique, every treatment should also be customized in order to achieve the best outcomes.

What You Need to Know About LASIK Technology

Understanding the underlying technology is crucial for fully appreciating the wonder of LASIK vision correction. At its foundation, LASIK reshapes the cornea using an incredibly precise excimer laser, enabling light entering the eye to be precisely focused onto the retina.

The United States Food and Drug Administration has given approval for conventional LASIK, commonly referred to as traditional or standard LASIK, which provides average correction to the entire affected eye. This method, which was created in the 1990s, can successfully address astigmatism, nearsightedness, and other refractive errors. The process for traditional LASIK is similar to that of receiving a prescription for corrective lenses.

The eye doctor initially performs a refraction on the patient, measuring how much correction is needed by holding a range of lenses up to the patient’s eye. The femtosecond laser is then used by the eye surgeon to create a small flap in the corneal surface. The cornea is then reshaped by the LASIK surgeon using an excimer laser so that the light can be focused on the retina properly.

The eyes of patients receiving older LASIK procedures were essentially reshaped according to their current eyeglass prescription, which meant that everyone with the same prescription received the same treatment.

Since its inception, LASIK technology has advanced continuously. The original conventional technique, which involved cutting a flap in the cornea with a microkeratome blade, has been mostly replaced by all-laser techniques, which are safer and more accurate. Additionally, improvements in laser technology like Wavefront technology and corneal mapping enable tailored treatments that significantly improve outcomes.

Customized Treatment

The human eye is a remarkably complex organ with numerous parts, each of which is essential to vision. Light is focused onto the retina, the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye, via the cornea, the transparent, dome-shaped surface of the eye.

Individual differences in corneal curvature and thickness can be substantial. Myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) may result from a cornea that is either steeper or flatter than typical in some persons. Others may have astigmatism, a disorder that blurs or distorts vision at all distances, due to an unevenly shaped cornea. Additionally, differences in the eye’s lens can result in eye conditions like presbyopia that impair the ability to focus, particularly while performing close-up work (such as reading fine print or working on a computer).

LASIK Customization Using Advanced Technologies

The significance of customized LASIK procedures is highlighted by the inherent variances in each person’s eye anatomy. The most advanced laser technology can be used in this situation.

A diagnostic tool called corneal mapping offers a thorough image of the cornea’s surface. In order to generate a precise 3D model of your cornea, it collects millions of tiny elevation points, which enables us to identify minute deviations that could impair your vision.

Wavefront-guided LASIK goes one step farther in customization. Refractive surgeons begin by shining light rays into your eye utilizing wavefront technology. The light is then reflected off the eye before entering the abberometry instrument through the pupil. After receiving the reflected light wave, a unique pattern that measures both higher-order aberrations and lower-order aberrations is produced.

The Wavescan system then uses all of these visual observations to create a wavefront map, a 3-D image. Once this information is electronically transferred to the laser and computer-matched to the eye’s position, the eye doctor can then customize the LASIK procedure to your particular visual requirements.

Another cutting-edge technique that enables us to tailor your treatment is topography-guided LASIK. This procedure creates a thorough map of the cornea’s surface that shows even slight irregularities. With the help of this topographic map, the laser is guided, allowing us to address extremely precise issues that conventional LASIK could have missed.

Advantages of Customized LASIK Procedures

The advantages of custom LASIK procedures are numerous. First of all, they offer more precision than traditional LASIK procedures, enhancing visual acuity and raising the possibility of obtaining 20/20 vision or better.

Second, customized treatments can help lower the chance of side effects including glare, halos, starbursts near lights, or problems with night vision by addressing the particular characteristics of your eye’s anatomy. Additionally, they can enhance vision quality, notably contrast sensitivity and awareness of fine details.

Third, patients who may not have been ideal candidates for conventional LASIK surgery now have a realistic choice thanks to custom LASIK’s ability to correct more severe or complex vision problems. It provides the freedom from glasses and contacts that custom LASIK patients are looking for.

Customized Wavefront LASIK procedures at Tersigni Vision are at the forefront of vision correction because they provide a thorough, personalized approach. These treatments have the potential to produce outcomes that are safer, more effective, and offer a higher level of visual perception overall.

Monovision Alternative

A condition known as presbyopia, which normally develops with aging, results in a reduction in close-up vision because the internal lens of the eye becomes harder. For those experiencing presbyopia, one eye can be corrected for near vision and the other is corrected for far vision using the LASIK monovision option. This enables a special balance that can significantly raise visual quality and range overall.

Although it could take some getting used to, many people discover that the monovision option significantly improves their quality of life by releasing them from the need for reading glasses or bifocals. The decision to choose monovision LASIK is always based on a thorough assessment of your individual vision requirements and lifestyle, as is the case with all of our treatments.

Recognizing the Effects of Presbyopia on Vision

Presbyopia, a normal part of aging, usually manifests itself in people in their 40s or 50s. It happens when the natural lens inside your eye gradually becomes thicker and less flexible. This lens hardening reduces the lens’s ability to focus on nearby objects, resulting in blurry near vision. Without reading glasses or bifocals, this can make simple tasks like working on a computer or reading small print challenging.

Monovision: An Innovative LASIK Method for Correcting Presbyopia

Standard LASIK, which focuses primarily on reshaping the cornea, cannot directly correct presbyopia because it develops from age-related changes in the lens rather than the cornea. However, monovision LASIK is a special remedy for this problem which involves a modification to the LASIK procedure.

With monovision LASIK, one eye is corrected for distance vision while the other is corrected for close-up vision. This laser eye surgery technique uses the brain’s capacity to account for the disparity in prescription between the two eyes. Most individuals can eventually get used to this configuration, which practically eliminates the need for reading glasses or bifocals and allows for clear vision at all distances.

Benefits and Factors to Consider About Monovision

For people with presbyopia, monovision’s main advantage is its potential to free them from reading glasses or bifocals. Without the use of supplementary corrective eyewear, it provides the ease of clear vision at both close and far distances.

Furthermore, the brain’s capacity for monovision adaptation is highly impressive. Many people soon discover that they are not aware of the different focus in each eye, even though it can take a few weeks to several months to adjust.

Monovision might not be for everyone, though. In comparison to what could be done with bifocals or multifocal contact lenses, it does require a compromise and might not offer as clear vision at close or far distances. It may also have an impact on how certain people perceive depth. Therefore, before choosing monovision LASIK, it is essential to have a thorough conversation with your LASIK surgeon regarding your lifestyle and visual requirements.

If you have any concerns about whether or not monovision is the best option for you, or if you have any questions about the process or the likelihood of success, Tersigni Vision is committed to patient education and will gladly address all of your concerns.

Tersigni Vision Is Here To Help You Transform Your Vision.

Tersigni Vision is dedicated to providing top-notch procedures tailored to your specific needs, whether it be the game-changing advantages of customized LASIK or the adaptability provided by the monovision option.

We invite those considering LASIK to think about the many benefits of customization and the monovision option and how they can significantly enhance your life as we welcome you into the next generation of vision correction.

This is the first step toward gaining the independence you need to see clearly and confidently. Make an appointment for your thorough LASIK eye exam at Tersigni Vision now to find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK.

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FAQ’s About LASIK Treatment Customization

What is LASIK, and what does it do?

A precise laser is used during LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis), a type of refractive eye surgery, to reshape the cornea, the front surface of the eye. LASIK corrects vision problems by modifying the cornea’s shape to ensure that light entering the eye is precisely focused onto the retina.

Why can LASIK be customized?

Through advanced technologies like corneal mapping, Wavefront-guided LASIK, and corneal topography guided LASIK, which take into account the distinctive characteristics of each individual eye, LASIK laser vision correction can be customized. These technological advances offer a specialized method of vision correction by developing a precise treatment plan based on the unique requirements of each patient.

What distinguishes customized LASIK from conventional LASIK?

By utilizing cutting-edge technologies, customized LASIK differs from conventional LASIK in that it develops a personalized treatment plan based on each patient’s particular vision problems and eye anatomy. As opposed to conventional LASIK, which only treats common vision problems, custom LASIK eye surgery corrects tiny refractive errors for more accurate, customized results.

What advantages come with a customized LASIK procedure?

Customized LASIK offers a number of advantages. One benefit of custom LASIK is that it offers more precision than standard LASIK, boosting the possibility of obtaining 20/20 vision or better. Second, it lessens the possibility of adverse effects like glare or halos since custom wavefront LASIK takes into account the particular features of a person’s eyes. Finally, customized LASIK surgery can successfully treat more severe or complex vision problems, giving patients greater treatment alternatives. To find out more about the advantages of custom LASIK, contact Tersigni Vision.

Who is the best candidate for customized LASIK treatments?

People who have had stable eyesight for at least a year, are at least 18 years old, and are typically in good health make the best candidates for customized LASIK. They should not have any eye conditions like keratoconus, severe dry eyes, or certain corneal diseases. To determine candidacy, a LASIK surgeon must perform a thorough examination.

What exactly is presbyopia?

Age-related vision impairment known as presbyopia begins to affect people in their 40s and 50s. It happens when the eye’s internal lens loses flexibility with age, making it challenging to focus on close objects. Near-vision blurring is one of the symptoms, which makes it difficult to read or use a computer.

How can LASIK be modified to provide monovision?

With monovision, the surgeon corrects one eye for distance vision and the other for close-up vision during LASIK. With the help of this method, the brain is able to compensate for the disparity in prescription between the two eyes, resulting in sharp vision at all distances. Most people can get used to monovision over time, which lessens their need for reading glasses or bifocals.

What are the advantages and disadvantages for monovision LASIK?

In particular for patients with presbyopia, monovision LASIK gives the benefit of clear vision at all distances, decreasing the need for reading glasses or bifocals. It does, however, necessitate a compromise. Although many people find it easy to adjust, monovision may impair depth perception or cause slightly blurrier vision than bifocals or multifocal contacts. Before having laser surgery, a “trial run” with contact lenses that simulate monovision is sometimes advised.

Discover the Power of Clear Vision at Tersigni Vision

It is time to start the journey to a clear-vision life free of glasses or contacts. Make an appointment for your LASIK consultation with Tersigni Vision right away, and let us help you on the path to vision freedom.

Posted on July 14, 2023

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Dr. Steven Tersigni is a refractive surgeon offering LASIK and five LASIK alternatives in the Portland, Oregon area. In addition to providing customized care to each of his patients, Dr. Tersigni is an educator and researcher He obtained both his medical degree and a master's degree in public health from Tulane University. He has been published in national journals and has been involved in 10 U.S. FDA trials.