Eyewear has come a long way since the days of cat glasses and hard contact lenses. These days, contact lenses are softer, more comfortable—even “breathable.” Glasses now come in just about every shape and size, and are even considered by some to be a fashion accessory. But the fact is, most people who are permanently dependent on these devices to see clearly would much rather be fashionable without them.
When LASIK surgery came on the scene in the late 1980s, an almost audible cheer rose up from the millions of corrective lens wearers everywhere. The captives had been set free! Finally, there was some hope of living life with a face unencumbered; hope that we would no longer have to grope for glasses on the nightstand before we could put our feet on the floor in the morning, or face the fear of being caught in public “without our eyes in.”
Unfortunately, LASIK didn’t turn out to be quite the panacea everyone expected. While there were lots of success stories in the early years, there were also stories about people with post-operative problems such as poor night vision, glares and halos. Some even had to undergo multiple surgeries to “correct the correction.”
But recent advances in laser technology are changing all that, and Scott & White is leading the way in incorporating this new technology to improve the satisfaction rate of our LASIK patients.
The Eye Institute at Scott & White has recently added the new WaveLight Allegretto LASIK system, which features custom wavefront LASIK technology. This “laser optimized” technology, guided by experienced, skilled Scott & White ophthalmologist Dr. Calvin Eshbaugh, who is specially trained in the use of this system, makes it possible to tailor LASIK procedures to the needs of each individual patient.
In a wavefront LASIK procedure, the laser measures each eye and creates a 3-D map of irregularities, and then uses this information to guide the reshaping of the corneal surface. This can help improve quality of vision, and reduce the risk of complications such as glare and halos.
For more information about this new LASIK procedure or to talk to an ophthalmologist about whether you would be a good candidate, contact the Scott & White Eye Institute at 254-724-VIEW (8439), or toll-free at 866-724-VIEW (8439).