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Laser Vision Correction Evolves with Custom LASIK

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While conventional LASIK revolutionized vision correction — obviating the need for corrective lenses for millions of patients — the newest generation of vision correction, Custom LASIK, advances the innovation further. Custom LASIK gives patients clearer, sharper vision than available from conventional LASIK.

“Studies show that Custom LASIK may improve not only what you see but also how well you see it,” said Carolyn Shih, MD, codirector of the North Shore-LIJ LASIK Center  in Great Neck. “In fact, clinical studies have shown that Custom LASIK treatments help reduce possible higher-order aberrations that create glare and halos during night driving.”

Solving More Problems

Previously, conventional LASIK could measure and treat only such eye imperfections as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, said Jodi Luchs, MD, a community-based ophthalmologist with privileges at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, adding that other vision flaws, like glare and halos, went unaddressed. “Now, Custom LASIK can customize treatment of such problems that previously couldn’t be treated adequately with glasses, contacts or conventional LASIK,” he added.

With Custom LASIK, a wavefront analyzer measures how light travels through patients’ individual eyes. This state-of-the-art tool creates customized 3-D maps that detail the unique characteristics of each eye, providing additional, crucial data about the patient’s vision that allows further customization of vision correction.

She Can See Clearly Now

Laura Feaser, MSW, a senior social worker at the Orzac Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation recently underwent Custom LASIK performed by Dr. Shih. She utilized IntraLase blade-free technology to create an optimal corneal surface for Ms. Feaser’s outpatient procedure. Like most LASIK patients, Ms. Feaser recovered fully in a couple of days.

IntraLase performs the initial step of the LASIK procedure — creating a corneal flap — with a laser (previously, doctors performed this step with a handheld oscillating blade). Clinical analysis reveals that the IntraLase laser prepares an optimal corneal surface below the flap, providing for superior visual outcomes, especially among Custom LASIK patients.

“I cannot believe how simple the Custom LASIK procedure was and how well I did afterward,” Ms. Feaser said. “Dr. Shih is professional and delightful. I appreciate the conscientious follow up, and I wake up each morning surprised that I can see without glasses.”

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+See the world more clearly. Select physicians with privileges at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center offer Custom LASIK expertise. Ask your primary care physician for a referral.

To make an appointment for a free evaluation at the North Shore-LIJ LASIK Center, call (866) 690-2008.

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