Are you tired of depending on glasses and contact lenses? You may have considered LASIK.

Most people have heard of LASIK. After all, it’s the most popular vision correction procedure.

LASIK is a highly effective and very low-risk procedure with fantastic outcomes. Over 95% of patients end up with 20/20 vision or better!

Getting LASIK is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to see without contact lenses or glasses. However, not all LASIK procedures are created equal. Dell Laser Consultants offers one of the most advanced LASIK procedures called iLASIK.

So what sets iLASIK apart and makes it an even better choice than other LASIK procedures? Keep reading to learn more about LASIK and why iLASIK is a step above!

What is LASIK?

LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. Although this sounds complicated, it means lasers reshaping the cornea’s interior.

LASIK uses an excimer and femtosecond laser to reshape the cornea and correct refractive errors. Refractive errors include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

Reshaping the cornea removes small, predetermined amounts of tissue from the cornea to correct and improve your vision. The cornea is the transparent front part of your eye.

Light passes through the cornea and bends or refracts to hit your retina at its focal point. When you have a refractive error like nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, your cornea will be slightly irregular in shape.

When this happens, it causes light to refract incorrectly. Lenses, either in the form of glasses or contact lenses, can correct refractive errors by changing how light refracts before it goes through your cornea.

LASIK changes the shape of your cornea itself to correct your vision permanently. Reshaping the cornea is a permanent way of correcting your vision.

Assuming you’re a good candidate for LASIK, you can look forward to many years of crisp, clear vision because of the procedure. What sets LASIK apart from earlier forms of laser eye procedures like PRK is the creation of the corneal flap.

Your LASIK surgeon creates the corneal flap with a femtosecond laser. The femtosecond laser separates the top of the cornea by all but a small hinge of tissue.

The flap is then lifted, and the inside of the cornea is carefully shaped with an excimer laser, per your refractive error. After the LASIK procedure, the flap is replaced and acts as a natural bandage as the eye heals.

What is iLASIK?

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Traditional LASIK procedures use a computer to program the excimer laser to remove only the exact right amount of corneal tissue. iLASIK also uses a computer, but the device that programs the laser is much more advanced. This specialized system is called iDesign.

iDesign doesn’t just program the laser to correct your refractive error. It also scans your eye to make a topographical map that it can then use to correct your vision more precisely.

By looking at every tiny detail of your eye, iLASIK can be even more precise than traditional LASIK procedures, correcting your vision far beyond your glasses or contact lens prescription.

Incredible Precision

Just how precise is iLASIK? The iDesign system can fully customize your LASIK procedure to the unique needs of your eyes using the wavescan of your eyes. This allows iLASIK to correct your vision more accurately.

iLASIK is far more precise than glasses and contact lenses are capable of, and here’s why. These lenses can usually correct your refractive error to the closest .25 diopters.

But by using the iDesign system to map out your eyes, iLASIK can correct your vision to the closest .01 diopters. That makes iLASIK up to 25 times more precise than glasses or contact lenses!

Better Results

Undoubtedly, iLASIK is far more precise than glasses or contact lenses. But is it more precise than a traditional LASIK procedure?

It certainly is! With fully customized vision, patients who get iLASIK have even better outcomes than patients who undergo traditional LASIK procedures.

Also, remember that 96% of patients who undergo standard LASIK procedures achieve 20/20 vision or better. But with iLASIK, patients have even better outcomes!

Increased precision during these procedures also means that LASIK is less invasive. iLASIK removes only the exact right amount of corneal tissue.

That means recovery will be faster and more comfortable for patients, meaning you have less surgical discomfort and fewer risks of side effects during recovery.

More Reasons to Choose iLASIK

If you still need convincing iLASIK is the best, you should know the iDesign LASIK system uses the same technology as the James Webb Space Telescope for high-definition views of space. It should come as no surprise then that iLASIK can improve night vision!

Traditional LASIK procedures can sometimes cause issues with night vision, but iLASIK has the opposite effect. The US Navy did a study to prove that iLASIK can improve night vision, and since then, iLASIK has been approved for fighter pilots and NASA astronauts!

At Dell Laser Consultants, we believe you deserve the best, even if you aren’t an astronaut. That’s why we offer iLASIK to our patients.

Are you ready to learn more about LASIK and iLASIK? Schedule your LASIK consultation at Dell Laser Consultants in Austin, TX! Isn’t it time to take the next step and start your journey to better vision?