Is LASIK Safe?
Since the FDA approved LASIK in 1996, LASIK eye surgery has become one of the most popular elective procedure ophthalmologists perform today. LASIK (or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) corrects the vision of nearsighted and farsighted patients, as well as patients with astigmatism. While results may vary, most patients report 20/20 vision after the procedure is complete.
Over the past 20 years, LASIK has continuously improved with modern technology and our patients reap the benefits. LASIK is relatively noninvasive; it involves reshaping the cornea based on the needs of the patient. For example, someone who is nearsighted has a steeper-than-normal cornea, so the eye surgeon will use the laser to flatten it out. LASIK eye surgeries are all outpatient and are use only topical anesthetic eye drops to numb the area, so no “going under” is required. There are no bandages or stitches needed and the recovery time is short.
As with any medical procedure, you should be aware of certain complications that are associated with LASIK. Most of these conditions are treatable or resolve themselves over time.
- Vision returning to pre-surgery vision
- Glare, halos, & double vision
- Dry eyes
Some patients are more susceptible to these risks than others, so make sure you inform your ophthalmologist about your medical history during your initial consultation. Your surgeon will do a careful, comprehensive examination to ensure you are an appropriate candidate for surgery.
Read How Doctors Prevent Eye Surgery Mishaps to find out what steps our surgical team takes to prevent mishaps in the operating room.
At Baptist Eye Surgeons, we care about the wellbeing of our patients. The purpose of LASIK is to improve your quality of life, so we promise to keep your best interest in mind before making a recommendation. Schedule a free consultation with one of our trusted surgeons online or by calling 865-579-3920.