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What Does Corneal Molding Involve?

What Does Corneal Molding Involve?

First, a comprehensive eye health examination is performed. Next, a computerized instrument called a corneal topographer is used to obtain a precise map of the cornea, which is the front surface of the eye. This information, along with your prescription and eye health information, is used to determine your status as a good candidate for corneal molding. Wavefront corneal molding designs a mold from 14,000 individual points on your cornea. Each mold is individually designed for each patient to fit specifically on your cornea.

Who Can Benefit?

Myopia (nearsightedness) and /or astigmatism can be treated with WCM. Flattening of the central cornea moves the focal points back on the retina, which creates crystal clear vision.

Children and adults can be treated with WCM. Additionally, slowing to stopping progressive myopia (nearsightedness) in children is frequently realized by controlling the axial length of the eye. This results in fewer to no changes in the child's prescription, which avoids the likelihood of the need for thick glasses when he/she is a teenager.

One millionth of a meter is one micron, which is the increment of measurement used with WCM. 6 (six) microns of corneal flattening relieves one diopter of myopia approximately 50 microns thick. WCM affects only this layer of cells and in fact simply repositions intra cellular water within the anterior layer of this corneal skin.

Corneal Topography

Topography is the measurement of surface elevations. The Scout corneal topographer measures up to 14,000 points on the surface of the cornea. This information is used to design a unique and precise corneal mold to the sensitivity of one micron. Corneal topographers are similarly used with the current cutting edge LASIK procedure which allows the surgeon to provide custom laser ablations. In fact, the utilization of topographical information has been used for more years in Orthokeratology than it has been used with LASIK refractive surgery.

LASIK surprisingly produces nearly exactly the same post treatment maps as WCM. Though the processes are distinctly different, and their pros and cons should be carefully weighed, successful outcomes by either procedure result in fantastic uncorrected vision.

First, a comprehensive eye health examination is performed. Next, a computerized instrument called a corneal topographer is used to obtain a precise map of the cornea, which is the front surface of the eye. This information, along with your prescription and eye health information, is used to determine your status as a good candidate for corneal molding. Wavefront corneal molding designs a mold from 14,000 individual points on your cornea. Each mold is individually designed for each patient to fit specifically on your cornea.

Who Can Benefit?

Myopia (nearsightedness) and /or astigmatism can be treated with WCM. Flattening of the central cornea moves the focal points back on the retina, which creates crystal clear vision.

Children and adults can be treated with WCM. Additionally, slowing to stopping progressive myopia (nearsightedness) in children is frequently realized by controlling the axial length of the eye. This results in fewer to no changes in the child's prescription, which avoids the likelihood of the need for thick glasses when he/she is a teenager.

One millionth of a meter is one micron, which is the increment of measurement used with WCM. 6 (six) microns of corneal flattening relieves one diopter of myopia approximately 50 microns thick. WCM affects only this layer of cells and in fact simply repositions intra cellular water within the anterior layer of this corneal skin.

Corneal Topography

Topography is the measurement of surface elevations. The Scout corneal topographer measures up to 14,000 points on the surface of the cornea. This information is used to design a unique and precise corneal mold to the sensitivity of one micron. Corneal topographers are similarly used with the current cutting edge LASIK procedure which allows the surgeon to provide custom laser ablations. In fact, the utilization of topographical information has been used for more years in Orthokeratology than it has been used with LASIK refractive surgery.

LASIK surprisingly produces nearly exactly the same post treatment maps as WCM. Though the processes are distinctly different, and their pros and cons should be carefully weighed, successful outcomes by either procedure result in fantastic uncorrected vision.