How good is LASIK at fixing an astigmatism?
Lance Kugler, MD General Eye Questions, Refractive SurgeryThis question was recently posted on Quora (http://www.quora.com/How-good-is-LASIK-at-fixing-an-astigmatism). Here is my answer: Astigmatism is a complicated topic. Astigmatism means that the eye is not perfectly round, like a basketball, but more like a football. An eye that is shaped this way focuses the light in two different planes thus there... Read more
Risk of infection higher with contact lenses than with LASIK surgery
Lance Kugler, MD General Eye Questions, Refractive SurgeryThere are many studies in the scientific literature that show that LASIK is safer than contact lenses. One such study found that the cumulative annual risk of infection with contact lens wear is 18/10000 (0.18%). The risk of infection following LASIK is 1/2000 (0.05%). Therefore, the risk of infection is 180 times greater with contact... Read... Read more
Allergy sufferers find relief after LASIK surgery
Lance Kugler, MD General Eye Questions, Refractive Surgery, ResearchNow that spring allergy season is upon us, we are reminded of how common it is for allergy suffers to have difficulty wearing contact lenses comfortably. In fact, allergy-related contact lens intolerance is one of the most common reasons that people seek LASIK surgery. Although LASIK does not cure the allergy problem, it can eliminate... Read... Read more