Comprehensive Study of Two Types of LASIK Procedures

By Mayuri, Gaea News Network
Friday, December 24, 2010

NEW YORK ( — LASIK is a type of refractive surgery for correcting myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism that can improve a person’s vision completely. It has become a common type of surgery in today’s world and two standard LASIK procedures available. The two types known as standard LASIK and custom, or wavefront LASIK differ in cost and he kind of vision correction that can be achieved.

Let us look at the two kinds of LASIK surgery and find out which one is suitable for you.

1. Standard LASIK

Standard LASIK surgery has been available since the late 1980s. In this procedure, the eye is measured manually, similar to the traditional eye examination for glasses, and corrections to the cornea are made according to these calculations.

COST: $1,000 per eye.

2. Custom LASIK

Custom LASIK uses a tool called an aberrometer to make more detailed measurements of unique aberrations in vision and to pinpoint more precisely the location of the vision problem.

COST: $2,000 per eye.

Which One will you Opt?

The choice you yours obviously but before taking any decision you must know the pros and cons of both the procedures. Standard LASIK surgery may not offer optimal vision correction for those with significant aberrations in the eye. Although custom LASIK targets these aberrations more precisely, the eye is dynamic, and aberrations may change over time. Unless the vision problem is located in a relatively stable area of the eye, the benefits of custom LASIK may be limited. The National Institutes of Health and Mayo Clinic recommend discussing both options with a qualified surgeon.

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