High Order Aberration
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High order aberrations are complex vision impairments that are typically undiagnosble through standard eye exams. High order aberrations are a constellation of issues that may or may not include ghosting, halos, double vision, and/or star bursts. These issues can be inherent, or acquired - sometimes even during laser vision correction procedures gone wrong.
Because standard eye exams typically only test for visual acuity, diagnosing these complicated vision disorders may involve another appointment. As of late, some concern has been raised as to whether LASIK can contribute to or exacerbate high order aberrations. However, the latest technological advances with LASIK, including the unique customization that is almost exclusively practiced has significantly reduced the occurrence of higher order aberrations associated with LASIK Eye Surgery.
Since most higher order aberratiosn exist prior to any laser vision corrections, it is important to seek the consultation of a LASIK eye surgeon to know if you are considered as having a "high order aberration", and to see what kind of candidate you may be for this revolutionary surgery. If you have any issues you feel are undiagnosed by your standard ophthalmologist, schedule an appointment with a LASIK surgeon. As a part of your pre-surgery consultation, you'll get a full eye exam, including testing for high order aberrations that may exclude you from the surgery.