Did you know that more than 600,000 LASIK surgeries are performed in the United States each year? LASIK is one of the most common elective medical procedures in the world, and according to studies reviewed by the FDA, more than 95 percent of LASIK patients are satisfied with the results of their surgeries.
Surgeons have been performing LASIK procedures for decades, and the tools and techniques used for the procedures have come a long way since the FDA approved LASIK in 1995. That said, we understand that it can be frightening to think about having lasers pointed at your eyes! Here’s a quick runthrough of what you need to know about the pros and cons of having LASIK surgery.
What Are the Risks?
Every medical procedure comes with some degree of risk, and LASIK is no exception. Among the small number of LASIK patients who do experience side effects, the most common issue is dry eyes. Some patients also experience nighttime glare, but this tends to be mild and typically subsides with time.
The FDA considers LASIK to be safe and effective when performed on a good candidate by an experienced surgeon. The overwhelming majority of LASIK patients are satisfied with the improvements to their vision, and research shows that well-informed patients find that the benefits of LASIK considerably outweigh the risks.
During your free consultation at Kleiman Evangelista Eye Centers of Texas, one of our surgeons will walk you through the risks of receiving LASIK surgery. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! We want you to be as informed and comfortable as possible.
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Are You a Good Candidate for LASIK?
Certain health conditions can affect the success of LASIK surgery, so it’s important to share your complete medical history with your eye surgeon during your consultation. This information will help us determine whether you’re a good candidate for LASIK, and help you set realistic expectations for what to expect pre- and post-surgery.
Be sure to let your surgeon know if any of the following are true for you, as they can increase the chances of complications:
- You’ve experienced a change in your glasses or contact lens prescription during the past year.
- You have a history of eye disease or eye injury.
- You have thin corneas.
- You’re taking medications that inhibit healing, such as corticosteroids.
- You have a chronic disease like diabetes that may impact your eyesight.
During your consultation, we’ll perform a comprehensive eye exam, create a 3D rendering of your cornea using an advanced topography imaging system, and take high-resolution digital photos of your retinas. Taken together, these steps will confirm that you’re a good candidate for LASIK.
Did you know that the first LASIK procedures actually involved the use of blades? Fortunately, thanks to advances in medical technology, our surgeons are now able to use lasers with computer-guided assistance to perform LASIK surgery completely free of blades. This makes LASIK more comfortable, reliable, and precise.
At Kleiman Evangelista, we take pride in using only the safest, top-of-the-line medical equipment, including the Wavelight Contoura laser. Used in tandem with the 3D topographical images we produce during your consultation, the Wavelight enables our surgeons to perform personalized LASIK procedures that are tailored to the unique layout and shape of your eyes.
Ready to talk to one of our eye care professionals to see if LASIK is the right way forward for you? Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
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