Multiple studies have documented that LASIK surgery is safe and effective and has an excellent patient satisfaction rate.
Based worldwide reviews, an average 95.4% of patients were satisfied with their outcome after LASIK surgery. With 16.3 million procedures performed worldwide, and more than a decade of clinical studies and technological innovation, LASIK surgery should be considered among the most successful elective procedures.
Many of those who are not initially satisfied may have experienced issues such as glare, halos and dry eye, which usually diminish with time. Sometimes a patient’s vision is unintentionally under-corrected or over-corrected, and a surgical “touchup” may be recommended to achieve optimal results.
As with any surgery, there are risks involved with LASIK, even if the risk is generally low. Patients must weigh the benefits and risks carefully before deciding to undergo any surgery.
What you can do?
- Inquire about the technology your LASIK surgeon uses for the procedure.
- Does your surgeon offer a variety of procedures? Such as a blade-created flap or a laser-created flap associated with bladeless LASIK? New technology like ReLEx? etc
- Consider also that newly developed eye-tracking technology in an excimer laser helps make inadvertent eye movement less of a problem during a procedure.
- Custom or wavefront-guided LASIK reduces the chance of nighttime visual problems such as glare and halos.
- Is your surgeon abreast with the latest advances in the refractive field?
After you go through the education process to understand your best treatment options and the available technology, it is important to understand your surgeon’s level of experience.
After a balanced discussion about all these issues, you will be more prepared to make an educated decision, which will improve your chance of a good LASIK outcome.
Our duty is to help our patients understand all of the factors that go into making this decision.