If you’ve been struggling with your vision for years, we know you’ve heard of LASIK surgery—but what exactly is LASIK? What is this miracle procedure that will transform your vision from poor to 20/20? What are the risks? We assure you, many before you have had these same questions and wondered the same things. Luckily, we have a group of eye experts that are ready to answer your questions and ease your worries!
Is LASIK Safe for My Eyes?
In one word: yes. But allow us to expand on this question. This procedure involves a medical-grade laser that will carefully cut and create a thin circular flap in the cornea. This flap will then be folded back and one of our ophthalmologists will remove microscopic corneal tissue in order to reshape the cornea. Although complications are possible, in this highly sophisticated and time-tested procedure, they are not probable.
Most people don’t realize that LASIK eye surgery is not performed the exact same way over and over again; in fact, the surgery is tailored to every unique patient. Your ophthalmologist will perform a pre-operative discovery evaluation of your eyes wherein he or she will measure the unique mapping of your eye and vision in extreme detail. The data that is measured during this process is then used to customize your eye surgery to meet your unique eye requirements.
Can LASIK Eye Surgery Cause Blindness?
Like any surgical procedure, LASIK has risks involved. However, overall, LASIK eye surgery has an extremely low risk of complications derived from the surgery—including loss of vision. It’s estimated that issues or complications during the surgery rate less than 1%. Most rare instances of complications that arise in relation to LASIK eye surgery actually occur after the surgery.
Because this eye surgery involves your eye(s), you will undoubtedly go through vision changes that may make you believe that the surgery didn’t work. Please be patient (pun not intended). You’re still in recovery. Be sure to follow your ophthalmologist’s orders to the letter so that you recover properly and thus reduce risk to your eyes. Infection as a result of not following the doctor’s after-surgery care instructions is typically what poses the greatest threat to your vision in regards to LASIK eye surgery.
Who Can Help Me Get Started with LASIK?
LASIK is a life-enhancing procedure with a nearly 100% patient satisfaction rate, so it’s no wonder that it is only gaining in popularity! If you are looking to get clearer eyesight, talk to your ophthalmologist today to see if you are a candidate for LASIK. You can request a consultation with one of our eye surgeons today simply by filling out this online appointment request form or giving us a call at one of our five locations.
Place your vision in the hands of our expert eye surgeons and you’ll see—you’ll be glad you did!