LASIK refractive eye surgery is a procedure designed to correct impaired vision and minimize a patient's dependency on contact lenses or eyeglasses. Below is a list of important LASIK facts and information to consider before determining if the treatment is right for you:
LASIK surgery utilizes a special laser that gently removes corneal tissue and reshapes the cornea improving the eye's focusing power.
After LASIK surgery, most patients achieve a 95 percent improvement in their vision and experience minimal pain or discomfort.
Seven out of 10 LASIK patients will achieve 20/20 vision after surgery, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
More than 100,000 people have undergone LASIK surgery since its introduction in 1990 and achieved successful results.
LASIK refractive eye surgery is generally performed on an out-patient basis and typically only takes minutes. Most patients may resume normal activities within the first few days after surgery.
Patients over 40 years of age who undergo LASIK surgery to correct distant vision (nearsightedness) may find they still need to wear reading glasses. Dr. Lusby can discuss the various options to treat presbyopia during your patient consultation.
As with any other surgery, there are potential risks and complications with LASIK procedures including infections, corneal scarring, under or over correction, night driving complications, blurred eyesight, and more. Dr. Lusby can provide you with further information about the risks and benefits of LASIK during your patient consultation.
LASIK refractive eye surgery is permanent and the results cannot be reversed. In order to achieve the best results, some patients may find they need to undergo LASIK "enhancement" surgery.
LASIK is not recommended for patients under 18 years of age, those with serious eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, or those suffering from diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or herpes infection of the eye. Patient should be relatively healthy in order to be a good candidate for the procedure.
Women who are pregnant or nursing may experience a change in vision, which could affect the results of LASIK.
Please contact us today at the Lusby Vision Institute to find out if you are a candidate for Custom LASIK procedure.