Your vision is unique – as personal as your fingerprint or your DNA. WaveScan technology provides your eye doctor with a map of your eye.
Individualized Laser Vision Correction is now a possibility so that you can achieve your Personal Best Vision. CustomVue Individualized Laser Vision Correction was developed by VISX, the company recognized for bringing innovation and breakthrough technology to laser vision correction. With CustomVue, a new standard in laser vision correction is established, providing a precise level of measurement and correction never before possible.
Using Wavescan based digital technology (originally developed for astrophysics to reduce atmospheric distortions when viewing distance objects in space through high-powered telescopes) eye surgeons can now identify and measure imperfections in your eyes 25 times more precisely than with standard methods used for contacts, glasses and conventional LASIK or PRK. This information is transferred to the laser by a floppy disk and directs the laser to correct the unique imperfections, providing a new level of precision and accuracy never before possible.
Just like a fingerprint, each person’s visual imperfections (optical aberrations) are 100% unique to each of there eyes. Before the recent advancements in technology, eye surgeons were only able to use standard equipment (phoropter and trial lenses) and measurements to correct vision by the Excimer laser.
This meant that prescriptions (-6.00 – 2.25 x 90 ) could only provide a certain level of laser vision correction regardless of an individual’s unique vision imperfections called optical aberrations. In the past, the eye surgeon typed in the prescriptions into the laser computer and this drove the laser vision correction.
Now, the VISX CustomVue procedure utilizes the WaveScan and the STAR S4 and can measure and correct some of the unique visual imperfections (optical aberrations) so that you can achieve your personal best vision.
Initially you will meet with your eye doctor for a complete medical evaluation and eye history to determine whether you are a good candidate for the CustomVue procedure. Your doctor will discuss the benefits and risks of the procedure with you. A WaveScan measurement will be taken to map the unique characteristics of your eye. With this map, your doctor will be able to:
If your doctor feels it is beneficial, he or she may choose to provide you with a PreVue Lens during the consultation. The PreVue Lens enables you to view an approximation of your potential corrected vision prior to treatment; however, it is not meant to be predictive of your actual result. Your doctor will place a plastic lens under the laser. Using the information from the WaveScan, your unique correction will be placed on the lens. The lens is then fitted in a trial frame for viewing.
On procedure day, you will be seated in a reclined position. Anesthetic drops will be placed in your eyes and a flap will be created on your cornea. Your individualized treatment information is transferred from the WaveScan to the laser in order to drive the CustomVue procedure. The actual laser procedure typically takes several seconds. Most individuals feel no pain during the procedure.
After CustomVue, you will notice results immediately, and your vision will continue to improve over the next few days. Typically, you will be scheduled for a follow-up visit the next day, again in about a week, and again around a month after the initial procedure.