“We have been using wavefront analysis as part of our LASIK evaluations for many years to help us assess any optical irregularity that might indicate a subtle form of keratoconus,” commented NJ LASIK Specialist Joel Confino, M.D. a New Jersey Corneal Specialist at The Eye Care & Surgery Center.
Researchers reporting in the March 2012 issue of Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, the Journal of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology found that by using wavefront analysis to measure the indices from the corneal and ocular wavefront it was possible to identify very mild forms of ectasia that may be undetected by more routine corneal topography measurements. This gives the LASIK doctor more information about the possible subtle finding of Form Fruste Keratoconus, which should serve as a contraindication to having LASIK.
“As LASIK surgeons one of the most important things we can do is to make sure each and every patient we see for consultation is going to get the best possible results. This means using all the tools available to us right up front to determine the patients’ suitability and appropriateness for LASIK. Sometimes this means we turn patients away-but we have to be sure we always do the right thing,” noted Corneal Specialist and Baltimore LASIK Specialist Brad Spagnolo, M.D. of Baltimore Washington Eye Center.