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LASIK Research Points to Preference over Contact Lenses

Research pre­sent­ed at a recent Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Oph­thal­mol­o­gy Meet­ing clear­ly shows how an exten­sive three-year study that involved LASIK research proves it is pre­ferred over con­tact lens­es by a major­i­ty of Amer­i­cans.  The LASIK study was com­pre­hen­sive and involved 1800 par­tic­i­pants from across the Unit­ed States aged 18 to 60 years old. The peo­ple who took part had the surgery or used con­tact lens­es as part of this LASIK study.

The sub­jects were com­prised of three groups. The first had LASIK surgery and con­tin­ued with their con­tact lens­es, the sec­ond only wore con­tact lens­es  and the third wore glass­es and had LASIK surgery. The results showed that 77% of for­mer glass­es wear­ers were extreme­ly pleased with LASIK after the third year and 88% of the peo­ple who had used con­tact lens­es favored LASIK.

Peo­ple who have had the surgery have com­ment­ed there are only min­i­mal LASIK eye surgery risks in some instances , and felt it was a safe med­ical pro­ce­dure when car­ried out by trained pro­fes­sion­als. With the recent LASIK research point­ing to this method as being an effec­tive pre­ferred choice , it’s impor­tant for peo­ple to under­stand how to pro­ceed and what steps need to be tak­en.

The LASIK study and good can­di­dates

An ini­tial eval­u­a­tion is one of the first stages to make sure you are a good can­di­date for this kind of pro­ce­dure. Your eyes will be ful­ly exam­ined by a qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­al and your med­ical his­to­ry reviewed. There will be sev­er­al spe­cif­ic tests done includ­ing pupil dila­tion and corneal map­ping. After this, you can usu­al­ly meet with the sur­geon and dis­cuss the pro­ce­dure in depth.

The LASIK study also had some good things to say about the cur­rent tech­nol­o­gy being used. For exam­ple, not only are LASIK eye surgery risks great­ly reduced when the pro­ce­dure is car­ried out by a qual­i­fied and expe­ri­enced sur­geon, but the cur­rent LASIK tech­niques used actu­al­ly improved the qual­i­ty of night­time dri­ving. This was report­ed among both groups that had for­mal­ly favored glass­es and con­tact lens­es.

LASIK research advan­tages

There are oth­er advan­tages includ­ing the fact that many patients out­side of the study report they have no need for con­tact lens­es or glass­es at all after the surgery. LASIK surgery also has the clear advan­tage of being flex­i­ble and it can be adjust­ed as you age to meet your require­ments. There are a host of things you should do if you decide to have this kind of oper­a­tion. Cer­tain types of con­tact lens­es need to be tak­en out and not worn for any­where from sev­er­al days to a few weeks before the oper­a­tion, and you should bring your glass­es with you to any ini­tial eval­u­a­tion so qual­i­fied peo­ple can read the pre­scrip­tion.

Not only did the recent LASIK research have some inter­est­ing and favor­able things to say about the advances in this tech­nol­o­gy, it point­ed out how the min­i­mal LASIK risks were off­set by some of the con­di­tions that were actu­al­ly alle­vi­at­ed by this pro­ce­dure. The research con­clud­ed that LASIK sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduced eye abra­sions, infec­tions and some kinds of ulcers that are asso­ci­at­ed with con­tact lens­es.

July 28th, 2016|Comments Off on LASIK Research Points to Preference over Contact Lenses

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