Custom LASIK

LASIK & Cataract Surgeon Serving Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom, Rocklin, and Nearby Areas of California

The structure of each person’s eye is different. The effect this structure has on vision is also unique. In order to achieve greater precision in your vision correction, our laser eye surgeon, Stephen Wilmarth, MD, is pleased to perform custom LASIK.

No two custom LASIK procedures are alike, and Dr. Wilmarth will work closely with you to tailor the surgery to your individual vision correction goals. Call Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center at 916-782-2111 for a free consultation at our Greater Sacramento area office.

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What Is Custom LASIK?

Standard LASIK surgery corrects for visual acuity issues such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. However, more complex eyesight problems called higher-order aberrations can distort your vision in a wide variety of different ways that traditional LASIK is unable to address.

Custom LASIK, however, can correct for higher-order aberrations including:

  • Glare
  • Halos
  • Starbursts
  • Double vision

In order to address these vision defects, Dr. Wilmarth will first create a three-dimensional map of your eye. We use wavefront technology at our Sacramento office to measure and analyze the changes that take place as light moves through your eye.

Advanced analysis makes truly custom vision correction possible. Dr. Wilmarth will use the detailed 3D map of your eye during LASIK surgery as a guide to make necessary adjustments to irregularities in the shape of your cornea for improved vision.

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Benefits of Custom LASIK

By addressing the unique contours of your eye, custom LASIK can improve contrast sensitivity, fine vision, and more. Wavefront analysis maps a patient’s eye with detail and precision, giving Dr. Wilmarth the ability to perform laser surgery with the utmost accuracy.

This level of accuracy translates into a number of benefits for patients, including the following:

  • Greater likelihood of achieving 20/20 vision or better
  • Stable results – patients are less likely to lose ideal visual acuity and quality over time
  • Lower likelihood of night vision problems
  • Reduced risk of LASIK complications

Patients who were previously deemed unsuitable for laser eye surgery might also be able to achieve ideal vision correction with custom LASIK. By detecting higher-order aberrations, wavefront technology has broadened the parameters of LASIK candidacy to encompass patients who suffer from more than common refractive errors.

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Why Choose Custom LASIK?

Every eye is unique, but eye doctors have successfully treated patients’ vision for decades using just a few basic corrections: nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Together, these three errors, or aberrations, account for the vast majority of vision imperfections. Fortunately, these are readily addressed with glasses, contacts, and traditional LASIK.

Custom LASIK | Sacramento, CACustom LASIK allows us to go beyond these basic (“low-order”) aberrations to diagnose and treat what are known as high-order aberrations. High-order aberrations include imperfections that affect your vision but which, until recently, were impractical to diagnose, much less correct. With advancements in technology, we now have techniques allowing for the correction of great vision issues like halos and sunbursts, but we can further address your vision upon your consultation and determine what would be best for you.

In a custom LASIK procedure, Dr. Wilmarth tailors the procedure to deliver results for whatever problem each unique individual is wanting to correct. Using our wavefront sensing technology, which allows Dr. Wilmarth to build an accurate, personalized 3-D map of your eyes is very helpful in the custom LASIK procedure.

The excimer laser uses this 3-D map of your eyes as a roadmap during your LASIK procedure to custom-deliver correction that is perfectly individualized for your unique anatomy. Every peak and valley that contributes to your vision problems is detected and accounted for, delivering a truly custom treatment.

Custom LASIK helps you have less complication and longer, clearer vision that was designed specifically for you and your eyes.

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Custom LASIK Procedure and Recovery

During your LASIK procedure, you will be given a mild oral sedative to keep you calm while Dr. Wilmarth and our lasers correct your vision. You will also be given several eye drops to prepare your eyes for the procedure.

During the procedure, which typically lasts about 5-7 minutes per eye, Dr. Wilmarth and our laser technology will make a small incision and create a corneal flap. Dr. Wilmarth will open this flap, and then the laser will utilize our 3-D map to reshape your cornea so you have 20/20 vision. Dr. Wilmarth will close the corneal flap and your procedure will be completed.


After the procedure, your eyes may feel slightly scratchy and tired. You will need to have someone to drive you home and we encourage you to get as much sleep as possible that evening. You will have several drops that will need to be used through the next 2-4 weeks, but other than that, your vision will be clear and you can drive yourself after just one night of sleep. We will encourage you to keep yourself out of the sun or, if you’re in the sun, wear sunglasses at all times and to rest your eyes whenever they feel tired or scratchy.

For a couple of weeks, you may experience halos at night, but those will fade as your vision continues to heal. Most patients have 20/20 vision the day after their procedure and will continue to have perfect vision throughout all of your checkups.

You will be able to see without contacts or glasses and will have a whole, new world open to you. Get ready to enjoy!

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Contact Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center

Wavefront-Mapped Custom LASIK | Roseville CADr. Wilmarth prides himself upon helping members of our community be able to experience their lives in a way they haven’t been able to for years: without contacts or glasses. Many of our patients cry as they leave the procedure as they can see better right after the procedure than they have in decades. Patients come in and let us evaluate your eyes for free to determine if you’re a candidate for custom LASIK.

To schedule a free evaluation of your eyesight, please contact Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center online or call 916-782-2111 to learn more about our custom LASIK services. Dr. Wilmarth and his team proudly serve patients of Northern California in Roseville, Rocklin, Folsom, and the Greater Sacramento area.