Navy Study: New Lasik Procedure Works Better

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Sharper Vision, Fewer Problems With New Technology...

A Navy researcher who has been studying the effects of eye surgery on vision for 10 years reported this week that new wavefront-guided procedures used with Lasik eye surgery are producing improved results. "While conventional Lasik is good, we're finding that wavefront-guided Lasik yields sharper and higher-quality vision, and higher patient satisfaction compared to conventional Lasik," said U.S. Navy Capt. Steve Schallhorn, M.D., the director of Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the Navy Medical Center in San Diego. "By reducing dependence on glasses and contact lenses in active duty personnel, [Lasik] enhances combat readiness and improves performance," Schallhorn said. Conventional Lasik eye surgery has been around since 1995, but wavefront-guided Lasik has been widely available for only about a year and a half. Doctors and companies are promoting it as being better than regular Lasik, but it is more expensive.