As medical technology continues to advance, new and improved methods of lasik surgery have come forth. For example, lasik Denver eye surgeons now have the option of choosing between three different types of lasers to perform lasik, making it possible for patients to receive the ideal surgery based on their vision problems. These new lasers often provide better than 20/20 vision.
Wavefront lasik, also known as wavefront-guided lasik is designed to measure how the eye interprets and processes images. Using 3-D measurements, the laser is guided in reshaping the front of the cornea. This provides extreme precision for better outcomes that were not possible with traditional lasik surgery. FDA guidelines require patients to qualify for this type of lasik, which depends on the thickness of the cornea and to what degree vision is impaired. With Wavefront lasik, vision defects that could not be corrected with traditional lasik are now possible. Benefits include less chance of glare and night vision problems, better chance of obtaining 20/20 vision or better and lower risk of losing contrast sensitivity and visual quality.
The Nidek EC-5000 laser is a new advanced laser that unlike prior lasers there is little to no pain post-operatively and visual recovery time is faster. The Nidek EC-5000 uses an invisible cool ultraviolet beam to breakup molecules between cornea cells allowing a controlled amount of tissue to be vaporized, one layer at a time for precise reshaping of the cornea. The Nidek EC-5000 is the most popular laser being used by eye surgeons today, being effective for myopia and nearsightedness with or without astigmatism.
Intralase lasik also known as bladeless lasik is a laser that is being used by lasik Denver eye surgeons that eliminates the need of a blade to create the corneal flap. With bladeless intralase lasik, small rapid pulses of light are used to create the corneal flap by forming microscopic bubbles. This allows the surgeon to lift back the cornea while the intralase laser performs the corrective part of the surgery. Traditional lasik required the eye surgeon to use a metal blade to create the corneal flap.