The Results of LASIK Eye Surgery
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) has an outstanding success rate, with 96% of patients achieving 20/20 vision or better, according to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. LASIK eye surgery is a permanent procedure that corrects vision problems such as near and farsightedness, and even astigmatism. If you're thinking about LASIK, here's a look at what to expect after the procedure.
Factors Affecting the Outcome of LASIK Eye Surgery
Success of LASIK, like most other surgeries, depends a lot on your health, the condition of your eyes, and your vision before the surgery. In other words, where you start is an important predictor of results.
Of course, your surgeon's skill and experience are important, too. Before undergoing LASIK, you should always have a thorough consultation with an experienced and well regarded surgeon such as the board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeon at New Vision Eye Center.
Age may also play a part in the success of LASIK surgery. While no one in good health is too old for the procedure, those under age 25 whose eyes are still developing and changing might want to wait until their eyes finish growing and changing. Two years without significant vision changes is the norm to hit before considering LASIK surgery.
Improving Results for LASIK Eye Surgery
Since the FDA approved LASIK eye surgery in 1998, results have continued to improve. Today, most patients enjoy 20/20 vision. Some patients may prefer to sometimes wear reading glasses or contact lenses after LASIK surgery, but in all cases, visual acuity is usually much higher than before surgery.
What Patients Can Expect After Treatment
A vast majority of patients who have had LASIK eye surgery would highly recommend the procedure to their friends and family members. The most important patient-reported outcomes in the days following surgery with LASIK were:
• A ring of light or aura was the most common visual symptom. Up to 40% of participants had light auras three months following surgery.
• Dry eyes is a common problem after LASIK. Up to 28% of participants with no such symptoms before LASIK reported these symptoms three months after surgery.
• Still, less than 1% of study participants have considerable difficulty with or are unable to do usual activities without glasses or contact lenses because of visual symptoms after LASIK surgery.
Luckily, most of these symptoms only last a few days following LASIK eye surgery. Most people do not experience long term issues. Still, immediately after surgery, your eyes might itch or burn a little and you may have blurred vision for a day or two, but again, these symptoms generally only last a very short time.
More than eight of ten people who have LASIK eye surgery find they no longer need glasses or contact lenses for most of their activities. Remarkably, more than 95% of participants were satisfied with their vision following their surgery. If you want to see the world better than ever before, it's time to consider LASIK eye surgery. To learn more, contact us at the New Vision Eye Center today.