Have you worn glasses and contact lenses for years? Do they get in the way of your work/everyday activities? Are they putting a damper on your hobbies? Chances are, you probably are a good candidate for laser vision correction (LASIK / PRK).
In general, the ideal patient is of the age of consent, has healthy corneas, and must not have had a significant increase in their prescription in the last year. People with certain medical conditions (auto immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus), patients who form keloid scars after surgery, or women who are pregnant or breast feeding may not be good candidates.
Advanced CustomVue has been approved to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and mixed astigmatism. As a result, more than 92% of the eligible population are candidates for this procedure. Recent advancements in treatments for the patients with mixed astigmatism are especially encouraging. Until recently, these people faced unique challenges because their vision is often difficult to correct with glasses and contact lenses. They now have the potential to achieve better vision than was ever possible before. Advanced CustomVue is the first U.S. approved wavefront-guided laser treatment with the broadest range of wavefront-guided treatments in the United States. The Advanced CustomVue technology is used during LASIK and PRK surgical procedures.
The decision to have Laser Vision Correction is an important one that, ultimately, only you can make. It is important that you have realistic expectations and that your decision is based on facts, not hopes or misconceptions. The goal of Laser Vision Correction is to reduce your dependence on corrective lenses. Laser Vision Correction does not always create 20/20 or better vision. Dr. Northam will provide you with the information needed on your laser evaluation that will help you make an informed decision.
The First Step: A FREE LASIK Screening
Finding out more about the unique details of your eyes and your refractive error is your first step toward being closer to living your best life with your Personal Best Vision. This is accomplished by scheduling a FREE LASIK Screening at Collom & Carney Eye Institute with our Refractive Coordinator Gayla Bohn. She is a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (C.O.A.), and has been working with Dr. Northam for 13 years. At this visit she will check your vision, perform a corneal topography, and evaluate your refractive error. She will also answer any questions you may have concerning the procedure and go over any financial questions (financing options, cash discounts, flexible spending accounts, etc…) you may have. All eyes have some level of higher order aberrations so chances are you have the potential to see better with Advanced CustomVue Laser and will probably be a great candidate. Of course, a very comprehensive dilated laser evaluation with Dr. Northam will be necessary to determine if the procedure is actually a perfect match for your eyes.