Before embarking on any surgical procedure journey it is essential that you are a well-informed patient. By knowing all of your facts and figures, you will be in a better position to discuss your concerns with your surgeon so that the day of the procedure presents you with no unpleasant surprises. One of the questions most asked by those who are considering LASIK surgery pertains to the success rate of the surgery.
During the LASIK procedure, cutting edge laser technology is used to effectively and carefully reshape your cornea. Statistics report that 55% of all LASIK patients achieve 20/20 or better and 93% of patients achieve 20/40 or better. There are a number of factors that you should take into consideration prior to making the decision to have LASIK surgery. As with any type of surgery, there is the potential for complications and risks. As a general rule however, LASIK has been demonstrated to be an incredibly safe procedure.
Refractive eye surgery works to correct errors of the eye that lead to diminished vision. There are some types of vision concerns that LASIK will be able to correct, including the following.
- Hyperopia. This is the term used to describe farsightedness. Farsightedness occurs when distance objects are more easily seen than objects at near.
- Myopia. This is the term used to describe nearsightedness. Nearsightedness occurs when near objects are more easily seen than objects at a distance.
- Astigmatism. This is the term used to describe an abnormal corneal curvature that causes blurry vision at both distance and near.
There are other vision conditions that cannot be corrected by LASIK surgery. LASIK may not result in perfect vision for everyone, but the vast numbers do report that they are extremely satisfied with their results.
LASIK surgery cannot effectively correct or even prevent presbyopia. Presbyopia is the term used to describe the age-related loss of focus at near that many succumb to. Even with LASIK surgery, you may find that you need to wear corrective lenses as your eyes age.
While LASIK is considered to be highly successful, the human body can be unpredictable. This means that up to 10 percent of those who went through a LASIK procedure will need to undergo a second surgery in order to get the exact results that they were hoping for.
LASIK surgery is not for every person who needs to wear corrective lenses. Those who are under the age of 18 are rarely good candidates for the surgery, because their vision is typically still changing. Women who are pregnant or are nursing are typically undergoing drastic body changes that could change the eye’s measured refraction.
There are a number of prescription medications that could have an impact on the successfulness of the surgical procedure, including oral steroids like prednisone. These drugs can also alter the eye to the point that it is much more of a challenge to perform the surgery with exact precision.
Those who have struggled with dry eye for some time may not necessarily be the ideal LASIK candidates, because the surgery will exacerbate dry eye symptoms. It is important to always discuss your overall health and well-being with your doctor prior to undergoing the LASIK procedure. Those who are diabetic or have lupus, glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal disease should be sure to discuss their unique situation with their LASIK surgeon. While some of these concerns may not exclude patients from qualifying for LASIK, it is always best to mention all potential concerns to your surgeon so that the best possible results can be had from the surgery.
Always be sure to discuss your expectations about LASIK with your surgeon. Realistic expectations will ensure that you are not disappointed with the results that your LASIK surgery yields. As a general rule, those who have very poor vision will have a reduced risk of success with their LASIK procedure and will have an increased risk of needing a repeated surgery.
LASIK is very successful in the large majority of cases, which means that if your surgeon deems you to be a good candidate for the procedure that you are almost guaranteed a positive result from the surgery. Effective communication with your surgeon will ensure that you are able to completely understand what can be expected from LASIK surgery, and will also ensure that you are aware of the post-surgical procedures that should be followed. The closer you follow your surgeon’s instructions after surgery, the better your chances of a full recovery will be. Remember that you will likely see a good improvement in your vision almost immediately after the surgery, and your vision will continue to improve over the months that follow.
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