At Logan Eye Institute, quality vision and great health are a major concern to us, which is why we offer advanced custom LASIK surgery and other state-of-the-art eye care procedures. Using the latest technology available, we can enhance your vision and improve your eye health as well.
When patients suffer from severe refractive errors, there are some challenges to consider when it comes to laser eye surgery treatment. Let’s cover some of the basics right now.
Defining Refractive Errors
Refractive errors refer to imperfections in the shape of the cornea that cause vision problems. You know refractive errors better by the following names:
- Myopia (nearsightedness)
- Hyperopia (farsightedness)
While corrective lenses can be used to treat these issues, another common solution is refractive surgery.
About LASIK Surgery
LASIK is a type of laser vision correction procedure that uses safe surgical laser technology to reshape the corneas. By reshaping the corneas, light passes through the eyes in more focused way, enhancing the clarity and quality of a patient’s vision.
How LASIK Works
Contemporary LASIK will typically use a special digital mapping technology to identify imperfections in the shape of the cornea. The laser will then improve the contours of the cornea. As light passes through the eyes, it will focus on a single point on the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that is crucial for proper vision.
LASIK vs. Serious Refractive Errors
LASIK tends to be best when treating issues with mild to moderate refractive errors, allowing patients to see clearly without the need for corrective lenses. Many patients with mild to moderate refractive errors tend to achieve vision in the 20/20 and 20/40 range.
With serious refractive errors, LASIK can improve people’s vision significantly, but sometimes the results are not in that general 20/20 to 20/40 range.
Why Results Can Vary for Major Refractive Errors
Severe refractive errors and vision issues can be quite difficult to treat. Even though new technology has allowed LASIK surgeons to make significant improvements with regard to vision quality and total wellness, those with major nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism may still experience vision issues following LASIK simply given the nature of their refractive error. Issues with the eye’s anatomy and structures beyond corneal shape may play a factor in terms of overall vision quality as well.
With this in mind, rest assured that LASIK will still greatly improve the overall quality of your vision, and that the procedure will help you see much clearer.
Options for People with High-Degree Refractive Errors
After undergoing LASIK, people with high-degree refractive errors may still require glasses or contacts in order to see perfectly. We can work with patients who face such a scenario individually, allowing them to understand all of their options for optimal eye care and vision correction. We will provide answers and advice that can prove crucial for good vision now and in the future.
Contact the Team at Logan Eye Institute
If you would like more information about LASIK and your many other options for advanced vision correction, be sure to contact our team of vision correction expertstoday. The team at Logan Eye Institute will help you make smart decisions about your options for vision correction and enhancement.