I Can See Clearly Now: LASIK for Farsightedness

LASIK for Farsightedness - El Paso - Custom iLASIK

Sep 22, 2015 @ 10:00 AM — by Paul S. Gulbas, M.D
Tagged with: Lasik | Eye Care |

A pair of glasses resting on an eye chartAt El Paso Eye Surgeons, our ophthalmologists offer the latest in state-of-the-art, blade-free custom LASIK to ensure the safest, most precise laser vision correction possible. Since its inception, conventional LASIK has been highly effective at treating nearsightedness, or myopia; however, it had its limitations in terms of its ability to treat farsightedness, or hyperopia. With the introduction of wavefront technology allowing for a truly customized procedure, LASIK for farsightedness became a far more reliable and effective procedure. Now, LASIK for farsightedness at our El Paso eye care clinic can produce exceptional results, superior to those that were possible with conventional LASIK.

Are you a good candidate for blade-free custom LASIK for farsightedness? To find out, please schedule a consultation with one of our esteemed ophthalmologists today.

How is LASIK for farsightedness different from LASIK for nearsightedness?

The only difference between LASIK for farsightedness and LASIK for nearsightedness lies in how the cornea is reshaped. In farsighted patients, the cornea is too flat, and the goal is to strategically remove tissue to create a more steeply curved cornea. On the other hand, in nearsighted patients, the cornea is too curved, and the goal is to remove tissue in order to flatten the cornea.

Otherwise, the two procedures are precisely identical. LASIK begins with the creation of an intricately detailed map of the cornea of each eye using a wavefront device. The wavefront device measures even the most miniscule flaws in the shape of the cornea; these flaws, called higher-order aberrations, are unique to each individual eye and are beyond the measurement of traditional ophthalmologic tools. Once the wavefront map has been generated, it is used to guide the excimer laser in reshaping the cornea.

In conventional LASIK, a handheld device with an oscillating blade is used to create a hinged flap in the outermost layer of the cornea in order to access the underlying corneal tissues that need to be reshaped. While this device, called a microkeratome, has been used for years with excellent results, it cannot match the precision of the laser keratome used in blade-free, all-laser LASIK. The use of a laser keratome dramatically reduces the risk of flap-related complications, which further improves the safety profile of modern LASIK for farsightedness.

Ultimately, these technological advances have made LASIK for farsightedness a considerably more predictable procedure than it was even a decade or so ago. With conventional LASIK, a certain number of residual errors were considered acceptable due to the limitations of the technology used to perform the procedure. These limitations have been all but eliminated, and farsighted patients now have increased potential to achieve clear, crisp unaided vision at all distances.

Learn More about LASIK for Farsightedness

Are you interested in learning whether LASIK for farsightedness is right for you? Schedule your initial consultation with our eye care experts today by contacting El Paso Eye Surgeons. We’d be pleased to answer any questions you might have and assist you however we can.