Wavefront Technologies Utilized for More Accurate Vision Correction

wavefront technologyWavefront optic technology was developed by astronomers to obtain clearer, less distorted views of planets and stars. Eye care professionals are now successfully adopting this technology in order to address their patients’ complex vision disorders. Potentially, this new approach could dramatically change the way in which eye care providers diagnose and treat many vision issues.

Dr. Larry N. Thibos of the School of Optometry at Indiana University pioneered the use of wavefront technology in optometry. Wavefront technology uses light waves passed through the eye in order to obtain a detailed measurement that can more precisely describe vision disorders compared with traditional measurement techniques. By analyzing the way in which the eye refracts light, vision errors can be more accurately identified as subtle errors are revealed. This technology allows for improved diagnosis and treatment of both lower-order (most common) as well as higher-order (more complex) vision errors.

In a matter of seconds, an instrument called an aberrometer uses wavefront technology to provide a detailed analysis of the eye that an eye doctor can then use to identify and correct vision errors. For those with lower-order vision errors, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, these precise measurements can yield more accurate vision correction with contact lenses or eyeglasses. Patients with more complex, or higher-order, vision errors, may have more subtle vision errors that are not detected with traditional methods. These issues can more easily and accurately be identified and corrected using wavefront techniques.  According to Dr. Thibos, these advanced techniques can allow for monitoring changes in optical quality for dry eye patients, assessing outcomes of advanced vision-correcting therapies, and tracking visual abnormalities in growing eyes.

New technologies such as this continue to improve doctors’ ability to diagnose and treat eye diseases. We will continue to share these innovations with you here at Connected Visions.