Noted Eye Surgeon Takes LASIK into the Realm of “Super-Vision”

Share Article

Patients report seeing better than with glasses or contacts

David R. Shapiro, M.D.

Until now, patients have seen laser vision correction simply as an alternative to the hassle of wearing glasses or contacts. The kind of procedure that Dr. Shapiro is performing takes it beyond current perceptions.

A renowned California eye surgeon is helping patients achieve “super-vision” by performing the latest advancement in laser vision correction, as he will report at an upcoming conference. David R. Shapiro, M.D., who practices in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo, will present results of a study he has recently completed at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in Florida on May 2 – an event considered to be the premier scientific symposium for ophthalmology.

Comparing post-operative eyesight with pre-operative eyesight, 96% of Dr. Shapiro’s patients said that their vision was better than it had been with their glasses or contact lenses following wavefront-guided laser surgery. The vision correction specialty calls such outcomes “super-vision.”

Dr. Shapiro treated the 100 patients in his study with Advanced CustomVue wavefront-guided LASIK (Abbott Medical Optics, Abbott Park, Illinois). Wavefront-guided LASIK produces an individualized “map” of each eye’s cornea. The surgeon then uses this information to reshape the corneal surface, performing a customized correction with the laser.

“The very latest generation of this FDA-approved technology allows much more precise placement of the laser on the cornea,” Dr. Shapiro said.

About three months after their surgery, Dr. Shapiro asked patients to compare their current uncorrected vision to their vision with glasses or contacts. Ninety-six patients rated it “better.” Four patients indicated their vision was “equal to” their pre-operative vision with glasses or contacts, and none said it was worse.

A patient’s subjective assessment of his or her post-operative vision is the ultimate evaluation, according to Dr. Shapiro. “The real test is this—how will my vision compare to my current benchmark of vision, the vision I have experienced all my life with glasses or contacts?” he said. “If we can provide vision better than a patient has ever seen with glasses or contacts, this is true super-vision from the patient’s perspective.”

Until now, patients have seen laser vision correction simply as an alternative to the hassle of wearing glasses or contacts. The kind of procedure that Dr. Shapiro is performing takes it beyond current perceptions.

Laser vision correction has evolved to an entirely new plateau in which we can offer our patients something profoundly worthwhile to them—vision better than they have ever seen before: super-vision,” he said.

Practicing in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo, California, David R. Shapiro, M.D., is an internationally recognized authority in LASIK surgery. He has been named one of 30 leading LASIK surgeons in the world by EyeWorld, a publication of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the largest and most prestigious refractive surgical organization in the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.shapirolaser.com

###

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

David Shapiro
Visit website