LASIK surgery, or laser in-situ keratomileusis, is very common today. The procedure involves cutting across the cornea to reshape tissue to correct vision. It can be performed on patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or those with astigmatism. Is LASIK eye surgery the safest option for you?
The Risks of LASIK Surgery
Every surgical procedure comes with risks and LASIK is no different. Few patients have problems with this corrective surgery but anyone undergoing a procedure should be aware of the potential risks:
- Cornea changes made during LASIK surgery are permanent and cannot be reversed
- If corrections are required, they can only be made using additional LASIK surgeries
- The procedure is complex and problems could result in permanent changes to vision
- LASIK can cause loss of “best” vision (highest degree of sight when wearing eyeglasses or contacts) one year after the procedure
The Benefits of LASIK Surgery
If there are risks, why do so many people opt to have LASIK surgery? That’s because there are many benefits and the procedure has a very high rate of success.
- LASIK is proven to correct vision for most patients
- The procedure produces very little pain
- Vision improvement is almost immediate or within one day after surgery
- No stitches or bandages are required after surgery
- Recovery is very quick
- Adjustments can be made years later if needed
- Most patients no longer need corrective lenses or contacts after LASIK surgery
Learn More About LASIK Surgery
Contact Eye Michigan’s specialized ophthalmologists today to schedule an appointment for a complete eye exam, to discuss your vision goals, and to see if LASIK is the right option for you.