The millennial generÂation—many of whom are just now reaching adulthood—is even larger than the baby boomer generation that drove LASIK volumes in the past. Unlike previous generations, millennials are already comfortable with the safety and efficacy of LASIK and already prioritize convenience and lifestyle decision making.
Aberrometry-guided LASIK, the laser vision-correction procedure that can be customized to the patient, will continue to be the best option for the millennial generation because of its well-established track record, excellent outcomes, and precision.
Additionally, the latest generation of wavefront technology is enabling us to treat more patients than ever before.
Expanding range of candidates
iDesign-guided LASIK (Johnson & Johnson Vision) expands the range of refractive error that can be measured and treated. It has also now been approved for patients as young as 18 years old (compared to 21 years previously) as long as their vision is stable.
I encourage patients to consider that LASIK gives them a lifetime of distance vision correction—and the value of that is greater the younger they are when they have the procedure. An 18- or 25-year-old has many more years than a 40-year-old to enjoy post-LASIK vision before the onset of presbyopia and cataract requires them to wear spectacles or undergo other procedures.
We can also capture more eyes with iris registration (IR) than ever before, allowing more people to have wavefront-guided treatments. My IR capture rate has gone from 86% with the WaveScan device to 98% with iDesign, which is able to capture pupil sizes ranging from quite small (4.0 mm) to quite large (9.5 mm).