Custom ablations are customized surgical vaporizations using a laser in order to resculpt the cornea for laser vision correction. Custom ablations use wavefront LASIK surgery technology to achieve their customization. Wavefront technology is technology that uses customized mapping of the optic irregularities of a patient’s cornea that can be used to guide laser vision correction surgery.
Wavefront technology works by determining how light is distorted as it moves through the eye and then is reflected back. The types of distortions the wavefront obtains as it goes through the eye provide significant information concerning an individual’s vision errors and how to correct them. In an eye with perfect vision, the wavefront is perfectly flat; whereas the wavefront of an imperfect eye is uneven. An optical map of the eye is produced showing the individual’s flaws. Vision errors are automatically recognized as an effect of the way light waves pass through the eye.
Any laser vision correction procedure that uses wavefront/custom laser vision correction or custom LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is using custom ablation technology.
Custom ablations treat traditional eye problems such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism (irregularly shaped eye which causes blurred or double vision) as well as additional vision problems or optical irregularities which are known as higher order aberrations. Custom ablations particularly benefit those patients with greater higher order aberrations as well as patients who have larger-than-average pupil sizes prior to their surgery.
Custom ablations are revolutionary inventions because they not only improve how much you can see but also how well you can see in terms of fine detail and contrast sensitivity. Because of this, there is less of a risk of postoperative complications from the LASIK procedure like glare, halos, or night vision difficulties. Custom ablations using wavefront technology also offer patients a higher possibility of attaining 20/20 vision or better.
Another exciting possibility with custom ablations is that patients who may have developed unwanted side effects such as glare or halos when using night vision from previous LASIK surgery may be able to get their eyes retreated using custom ablations to correct these unwanted side effects. The wavefront technology can create a custom map of these visual distortions, and custom ablations can be used to correct them.
For more information, please see our resource on Treatment Using Custom Ablations.
Custom ablations make it possible for the laser vision correction surgeon to improve overall vision quality better than ever before!
Call us today at 818-883-0112 or fill out our online form to schedule a Custom Ablations procedure consultation. If you are not a candidate for laser vision correction with a custom ablations procedure, but are still interested in high quality vision without glasses or contact lenses, your eyes may be better suited for lens implant procedures.