Also known as Wavefront LASIK or Custom LASIK, the procedure uses state-of-the-art laser mapping technology to measure the eye from front to back to create a three-dimensional (3-D) image, or "Wavefront" map, which a surgeon uses to guide the Excimer laser in customizing treatment for any individual's unique visual system.
Standard LASIK has been effective in treating lower-order aberrations (refractive errors) that result in nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, but not until the development of Wavefront cornea mapping technology did it become possible to treat higher-order aberrations responsible for such problems as decreased contrast sensitivity or night vision, glare, shadows and halos. While higher-order aberrations do not affect vision in all cases, many LASIK patients in recent years have reported improvements in visual acuity measured in terms of contrast sensitivity and fine vision after undergoing Wavefront-guided LASIK procedures.
Because Wavefront LASIK surgery has only been available in the US since 2001, there is little rigorously produced clinical data on the effectiveness or the long-term results of the procedure. However, several surveys have indicated as much as 94% of Custom LASIK patients report not only satisfaction with the results of the procedure, but also claim to be able to see as well as or better than they did with their corrective prescriptions before surgery.
On the LASIK team Angeles Health has Dr. Gabriel Carpio, who has a sub-specialty in Cornea and Refractive Surgery from the Institute of Ambulatory Surgery, as well as many other medical staff experienced in Wavefront LASIK surgery.