What Is Custom & Wavefront-guided LASIK? The Cons & Pros

Custom LASIK Surgery, also known as Wavefront LASIK or Wavefront-guided LASIK. The primary difference between Conventional LASIK and Wavefront Custom LASIK is the mapping system that guides the laser.

If the surface of the eye were completely smooth, standard LASIK measurements would yield the best possible result. However, the surface of each eye is unique, containing minute topographic variations that affect vision in very subtle ways. Standard of LASIK measurements do not detect these variations. The custom LASIK uses 3-dimensional measurements of how your eye processes images to guide the laser in re-shaping the front part of the cornea.

What Is Custom & Wavefront-guided LASIK? The Cons & Pros

Rather than simply being programmed to correct nearsightedness as in conventional LASIK, the excimer laser is programmed to deliver a much more complex ablation pattern in custom LASIK to reduce or eliminate higher-order aberrations as well as traditional refractive errors.

Average Costs :

$2,000 - $2,500 per eye


The Most Popular Wavefront LASIK Procedures Performed

  • iLASIK
  • VISX CustomVue (iLASIK & VISX laser platforms are the most popular, with an estimated LASIK market share of over 52%)
  • Allegretto Wave
  • Zyoptix


Studies indicate that 5% - 10% of patients significantly benefit from Custom LASIK treatments while other patients may benefit to a lesser degree.

  • More People To Achieve 20/20 Or Better Vision Post-operatively Compared To Conventional LASIK.
    98% of mild-to-moderately nearsighted patients could see 20/20 or better without corrective lenses.
    100% of mild-to-moderately nearsighted patients could pass a driving test without glasses or contact lenses.
    More than 95% of patients with mixed astigmatism could pass a driving test without glasses or contact lenses.
  • Reduced Chance Of Night Vision Disturbances Or Glaring
    Four times as many mild-to-moderately nearsighted participants were very satisfied with their night vision, compared to their night vision before treatment with glasses or contacts.
  • Corrects More Distortions And Higher Order Aberrations.
  • Ability To Offer LASIK Treatment To People With Larger Pupils.