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Can LASIK Eye Surgery Give Me ‘Supersight’?

These days, it’s incredibly tough to keep up with the myriad of medical advances that continue to make the headlines. It seems that every week there’s a new gadget or procedure that can change your way of life. When it comes to your eyes, laser technology for treating vision impairments has evolved in leaps and bounds, with laser vision correction  being one of the most popular options.

The laser simply reshapes the cornea to change the way it refracts light, and focuses it on the lens. However, some articles on the internet detail accounts of how this technology has given people “supersight” or the ability to see unnaturally well. Are these claims founded?

No, they’re not.

The Truth

One of the latest eye procedures is called LASIK Wavefront. It allows for individualised vision correction through the use of 3-dimensional measurements of the way your eye processes images.

Although this surgery uses the same hardware as conventional LASIK, the laser is guided by cutting-edge software, known as Wavefront. The system measures your optical function using a process that increases accuracy by 25%. It gauges your eye’s ability to focus on light rays, and creates a 3-D map to identify the location of the irregularities. Its record is so precise that no two surgeries are alike – in other words, it models a customised procedure based on your body.

The software then uses this map to guide the way the laser reshapes your eye’s corneal surface. It can identify and rectify a range of visual impairments, including:

-Hyperopia
-Myopia
-Astigmatism

No Supersight, Just Perfect Vision

Unlike conventional LASIK eye surgery, Wavefront also detects when more unusual defects may be present. This allows your ophthalmologist to address these issues as they’re identified.

Yes, it’s cutting edge technology. It can improve your sight, but it can’t give you better vision that what is humanly possible.

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