Does LASIK Improve Night Vision?
Written by Shannon Wong on April 7, 2017
The vision experts at Austin Eye have helped numerous patients struggling with eye problems, including those with poor night vision. If you experience night vision problems, particularly problems with seeing well in environments with dim lighting, and you see halos and glare around lights, you may be wondering if LASIK can help. In this blog post, we discuss the answer in detail.
Traditional LASIK and Night Vision
Traditional LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure that corrects simple refractive errors (e.g., nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism) called lower order aberrations. Night vision problems are caused by more complex refractive errors called higher order aberrations (e.g., trefoil, coma, tetrafoil, pentafoil, hexafoil and spherical aberrations). Because of this, traditional LASIK cannot properly treat night vision problems. Fortunately, there is an advanced form of LASIK that can treat both low-order and high-order aberrations, in turn resulting in improved night vision.
About Custom iLASIK
Custom iLASIK uses a special wavefront measurement device to develop a highly accurate scan or map of your cornea. The wavefront map is able to measure 100 percent of aberrations (both lower- and higher-order). This accurate and detailed wavefront map is used to guide the excimer laser to reshape the cornea so it can better focus light. iLASIK improves night vision and provides for an overall higher quality of vision. Following iLASIK, most patients experience fewer halos around lights, glare and night vision problems in general.
Learn More about iLASIK from Austin Eye
As a comprehensive vision practice serving patients in Austin and the surrounding areas, Austin Eye is pleased to offer both traditional LASIK and iLASIK. Our team of board certified eye doctors have years of collective experience and are trained and skilled in both procedures. An eye doctor from our team can determine which treatment is best for you following an eye examination, discussion of your visual needs and evaluation of your overall eye health.
Why wait any longer for clearer, crisper vision? To schedule your one-on-one consultation with Austin Eye, contact our North Office at (512) 250-2020 or our Central office at (512) 454-2020.