LASIK eye surgery has proven to be an effective way to reduce patients’ dependence on glasses and contact lenses for over a decade. If you are considering LASIK surgery to address a vision impairment issue, take a moment to look over these four facts about the procedure:
- LASIK Is Not for Everyone
LASIK cannot correct everyone’s vision impairments. Pregnant women, children under 18, and people with certain eye disorders are not good candidates for LASIK eye surgery.
- LASIK Complications Are Rare
A ten-year study of LASIK patients conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology found the surgery poses no long-term complications in patients. In the decade following the procedure, a majority of patients reported enjoying 20/20 vision, and 97% say they would recommend the procedure to others.
- LASIK Has Worked For Millions of Patients
Since its introduction in the late 1970’s, more than 17 million people have been treated for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism with LASIK surgery. An estimated 600,000 LASIK procedures are performed each year.
- LASIK Is a Low-Pain Procedure with an Overall Easy Recovery
No needles are needed to numb the treatment area—only a few anesthetic eye drops are required. If you do experience discomfort afterwards, it’s usually mild and can be alleviated with ibuprophin. Most patients are able to return to work the day after the procedure without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
For more information about bladeless LASIK eye surgery, contact Clear Advantage. Our staff is home to one of the most experienced LASIK vision correction surgeons in New England, Dr. N. Timothy Peters, who has performed over 15,000 LASIK procedures to date. Call our Portsmouth office today at (603) 379-6817 for more information.