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Is LASIK Safe? Things You Need To Know

If you arebored of wearing glasses and struggling with vision issues, then Lasik is something you should surely consider. It is likely that you have questions about the procedure and wondering “Is LASIK Safe and a better option than glasses or contact lenses”. If this is the question that is holding you back from having laser eye surgery, we’ve got you covered!

You might be surprised to know that LASIK eye surgery has been around for more than 25 years, with over 25 million procedures performed across the world. In 1999, the procedure was FDA approved by the U.S.

Some research studies, data, and basic facts compiled by the FDA on LASIK states:

  • LASIK has a 95% satisfaction rate with patients.
  • About 95% of LASIK patients achieve 20/40 vision or better.
  • In more than 90% of the procedures, patients enjoyed 20/20 vision or better.

 Is LASIK Surgery Safe?

LASIK is undoubtedly the safest elective surgical procedure that is available today. More than 19 million LASIK procedures have been performed in the U.S., with excellent patient satisfaction outcomes that exceed 98%. Based on the recent clinical research data, the complication rate and risk factors from LASIK eye surgery are estimated to be less than 1 percent. The technology used for LASIK surgery makes it one of the most successful and safest elective laser surgeries in the world.

Is LASIK Safer Than Contact Lenses?

From a statistical point of view, a lot of clinical data clearly answers this question. Some of the compelling data points include:

  • According to the American Refractive Surgery Council (ARSC), the rate of infection and the risks of corneal ulcers are found to be nearly 10 times more likely with daily contact lens use than with LASIK complications. These serious infections due to contact lens complications can even cause blindness. However, due to LASIK complications, no one has ever gone blind.
  • It is found that extended wear of soft contact lenses led to 3 times as many cases of microbial keratitis than LASIK.
  • In a study analyzing the outcomes of 58,653 procedures, less than 1 percent of patients lost 2 lines on the eye chart of best-corrected visual acuity.

What makes LASIK safe?

The advanced computer-driven laser technology used to reshape the cornea with microscopic precision makes LASIK safe. This technology helps ensure patient safety with a high degree of precision and accuracy.

  • During the pre-operative evaluation of eyes, your vision and other medical history are checked in detail. This data is then analyzed by the surgeon to create a customized treatment plan for your unique requirements.
  • The technology being used by the LASIK platform is first developed by NASA to help automate the docking of satellites to the Space Shuttle. The same technology is used to track your eye movements (thousands of times per second) during the LASIK procedure.
  • If you move (such as a cough or sneeze) during the procedure, the tracking system built into the laser that follows your eye will also temporarily turn off. The procedure can restart, once you are safely repositioned under the laser.
  • The LASIK process uses the excimer laser – which emits a cool beam of ultraviolet light – to reshape the cornea and to remove microscopic pieces of corneal tissue, allowing the eye to focus clearly again.
  • These days, most surgeons use a precision instrument called a femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap at the start of LASIK surgery. It operates at ultra-fast speed with short pulse duration to create the flap without distracting the surrounding corneal tissue, and hence good visual results.

LASIK Safety: What You Need To Do

To ensure your safety, understanding LASIK is an important step. Some other recommendations include:

  • Do your own research about LASIK procedures. Refer to some reliable sources (information about LASIK) on the internet. Ask friends and families who have had LASIK is a good first which could further lead to important referrals and recommendations for you. 
  • Consult several eye surgeons to get a variety of opinions and confirm is LASIK the right procedure for you. Make sure you feel comfortable and confident in the expertise of the surgeon you chose.  Your surgeon should be a highly-qualified, experienced, and trusted partner in achieving the vision you want.
  • During the consultation appointment(s) with the surgeon, bring your research to clarify and confirm the information you have gathered. This will help you make a decision about whether or not LASIK is right for you.
  • Like all surgeries, LASIK has a recovery period. During this time, some patients may experience symptoms, such as dry eye, redness, glare, or halos. So, understanding the recovery and healing process is important. However, these symptoms typically resolve over time.
  • Finally, if you are considered not to be a suitable candidate for LASIK, take the recommendation seriously. Due to a variety of health and medical reasons such as diabetes or autoimmune diseases including thin or damaged corneas around 20 percent of people are not considered to be the right candidates for LASIK. Listen to your surgeon and don’t go with a less-reputable practitioner to have it done!

Schedule a free consultation to know if you are a candidate for LASIK or another type of corrective eye surgery, please feel free to contact Columbus Lasik Vision at (1-866-600-3937) today!

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