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Benefits of Lasik Eye Surgery

LASIK, or laser in-situ ker­atomileu­sis, is the most com­mon laser eye pro­ce­dure to cor­rect refrac­tive vision prob­lems. Over 600,000 Amer­i­cans each year choose LASIK to cor­rect near­sight­ed­ness, far­sight­ed­ness or astig­ma­tism.

Dur­ing LASIK surgery, your sur­geon makes an inci­sion across the cornea of the eye, rais­es a flap of tis­sue and reshapes the cornea to cor­rect vision. You may have mis­giv­ings about allow­ing a sur­geon to cut your eye, but stud­ies show that com­pli­ca­tions occur in few­er than 1 in 20 pro­ce­dures and even these are gen­er­al­ly minor prob­lems that don’t cause vision loss. LASIK is a good option for improv­ing vision for many rea­sons:

  • Patients usu­al­ly do not expe­ri­ence pain with LASIK.
  • Vision is improved imme­di­ate­ly after surgery. An esti­mat­ed 95 per­cent of patients who under­go LASIK improve their vision to 20/40 or bet­ter, while 85 per­cent return to 20/20 vision.
  • In most cas­es, no ban­dages or stitch­es are required, and patients can resume their nor­mal sched­ule with­in 24 hours.
  • LASIK can take a few weeks to adjust your vision and the results are per­ma­nent, although the eye pre­scrip­tion can still change over time. The only time a fol­low-up pro­ce­dure may be nec­es­sary is if eye­sight changes slight­ly with age or the ini­tial cor­rec­tion was not enough. Fur­ther adjust­ments can be made sev­er­al years after LASIK surgery to cor­rect vision if the vision has shift­ed.
  • Patients usu­al­ly expe­ri­ence a dra­mat­ic reduc­tion in the need for glass­es after LASIK surgery, and some patients do not need to wear glass­es at all.
  • Even though LASIK requires a finan­cial invest­ment upfront, patients expe­ri­ence hun­dreds of dol­lars of sav­ings each year because they do not need to update their eye­glass and con­tact lens pre­scrip­tion.

Talk to your eye care pro­fes­sion­al if you would like to get more infor­ma­tion about how to per­ma­nent­ly cor­rect your vision. LASIK could be the most con­ve­nient and cost-effec­tive option.



June 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Benefits of Lasik Eye Surgery

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.


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