LASIK Surgery: Is LASIK Right For Me?Author: Dr. William Tullo
May 10, 2019
LASIK surgery can be an empowering experience. Have you ever misplaced your eye glasses? Or, have you had a contact lens fall out? Have you been caught without eye solution in order to get your contact lens back in? LASIK surgery may help you avoid these frustrating situations.
Navigating the world doesn’t need to feel stressful, and two steps ahead of you doesn’t have to resemble fog. If any of the above situations sound familiar, you might consider (or perhaps, have already considered) LASIK eye surgery.
Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a popular laser eye surgery that can treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Deciding on LASIK surgery
Not every person is a good candidate for LASIK surgery. If you think you may be interested in LASIK, you can first talk to your regular eye doctor about whether or not it is right for you. Laser eye surgery might not be the best option if your eye glasses or contact lens prescription is still changing. Ideally, your prescription should have remained the same for one year prior to LASIK surgery. People with irregular corneas or with certain medical conditions might not be good LASIK candidates, either.
But, for many people, LASIK surgery can eliminate the hassle of dealing with eye glasses or contact lenses. You can experience freedom from constantly wearing contacts or glasses, and the frustrations that occur when your eyewear is broken or misplaced. LASIK is also a popular treatment for people who have trouble wearing contacts because of allergies.
LASIK surgery in your social network
Approximately 750,000 LASIK procedures are currently being performed on an annual basis in the United States. Millions of LASIK procedures have been performed since laser eye surgery was first performed in the US (over 30 years ago!).[i] This means there is a good chance someone you know has improved his or her vision with LASIK. As you consider laser eye surgery, reach out to family, friends, and your social networks to learn more about other people’s LASIK experiences.
Although serious complications are rare, there are risks to LASIK surgery. That is why it’s so important to weigh the benefits and the risks as you research and talk with friends, family, and your primary eye doctor.
[i] History of Refractive Surgery. (2013). Eyedoctornetwork.org. Retrieved from http://www.eyedoctornetwork.org/history-of-refractive-surgery.htm