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What is Wavefront Laser Eye Surgery?

Posted: Oct 26 2017

Here, we explain how wavefront laser eye surgery works, who can have it, and what makes it a superior choice over traditional laser eye surgery for eligible patients.

Vision correction tailored to you as an individual

What’s different about this surgery is that the treatment is custom-designed for your eyes. While standard laser surgery is an excellent way to correct vision to a specified prescription, there are likely to be small variations in your vision that don’t conform to a one-size-fits-all approach.

These irregularities are overlooked in traditional treatments, including spectacles, contact lenses and standard laser surgery, all of which are designed to correct to a prescription only. But with wavefront laser eye surgery, the minuscule variations of your own unique eyesight can be detected and measured using a piece of technology known as a wavefront aberrometer. This high-resolution piece of kit surveys the surface of the cornea with thousands of separate waves of light, in order to programme the laser for a truly bespoke vision correction treatment.

Better results than standard laser surgery

Because wavefront tackles the high-level irregularities that other forms of treatment can’t reach, it can result in even sharper vision for patients. Think of HD television as compared to a standard picture; in the same way that HD screens boast unrivalled clarity, wavefront-assisted LASIK surgery produces noticeably superior results.

Find out more from this case study written by LASIK patient, Jenny Kakoudakis, who reported that, “by Day 3, my vision was as good as it could be”.

Accuracy and precision for a lower-risk procedure

In addition to customising your laser vision treatment, wavefront laser eye surgery also has the advantage of being a safer option than standard laser surgery. That’s because the accuracy that enables your surgeon to provide an individualised laser treatment also results in less tissue removal than conventional laser-assisted procedures.

While all laser eye surgery with a reputable surgeon is low-risk, it’s good to know that wavefront is one step more reliable.

Who is eligible for the surgery?

Anyone who can undergo laser eye surgery should be suited to wavefront laser eye surgery, which simply uses superior laser capability to detect and treat more subtle vision irregularities. In particular, individuals with more complex visual problems can benefit from its detailed diagnostic capabilities.


If you’re in any doubt as to whether wavefront is suitable for you, contact us or book a consultation today.