Health Beat: Better Lasik, better vision

Health Beat: Better Lasik, better vision

CLEVELAND - Nate Crooks has spent most of his life struggling to see clearly.

"It was pretty difficult. Everything was blurry all the time," described Crooks, who decided Lasik surgery was his best bet. "I just didn't want to be restricted with glasses or contacts."

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic offered Crooks a new approach, called topography-guided Lasik.

"It's really been the best outcome of an FDA study of laser vision correction to date," said Dr. Ronald Krueger, an ophthalmologist at the Cleveland Clinic.

Before the procedure, doctors map out a patient's topographic eye measurements by using 22,000 data points on the cornea.

"The mapping of what we've captured is downloaded into the laser with all the specifics," explained Krueger.

The mapping allows doctors to custom treat each unique contour shape of a person's eye. A clinical trial showed about 93 percent of patients achieved 20/20 vision a year after surgery. Almost 65 percent had 20/16 vision or better. About 40 percent actually saw better than with their best pair of glasses.

"It puts us in a place where we can actually talk about and say we could make you better than your glasses," Krueger said.

Crooks had the procedure a few weeks ago, and he's thrilled with the results.

"Absolutely perfect. I can see 20/15. It's pretty incredible to wake up and see everything crystal clear," Crooks.

Candidates for this procedure are patients with certain forms of nearsightedness and nearsightedness with astigmatism.

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