Why you Shouldn’t be Afraid of LASIK

Published by Lance Kugler, MD on January 13, 2012

With our sight being one of our most cherished senses, it comes as no surprise that some patients feel apprehensive before undergoing laser eye surgery. For more than 20 years, LASIK has been a successful vision correction procedure for over 16 million people. From famous athletes to professionals that rely on having excellent sight for their careers, LASIK has remained one of the most popular low risk surgeries for long-term vision correction.

A recent study was published by the Army Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program (WRESP), which was established by the US armed forces to reduce the limitations posed by corrective eyewear in combat situations. The study looked at the outcome and satisfaction rates of 16,111 armed service members who had undergone laser vision correction and concluded that excellent outcomes have enhanced the overall readiness of armed forces. Reports of night vision difficulties, surgical complications, and dry eyes were infrequent, and did not seem to have a significant negative impact on military operations or individual readiness. (Source: Ophthalmology; Volume 112, Issue 2, Pages 184-190.e2)

Although a recent study of over 2,000 patients confirmed that more than 95 percent of LASIK patients are satisfied with their results, one of the most common questions we are asked about LASIK is whether there are adverse long-term effects. With proper patient evaluation using corneal imaging systems, we are able to determine which procedure would be best for a patient’s individual needs and if LASIK would yield favorable results in each case.

In a study published in the Journal of Refractive, patients were spoke to after 12 years of experiencing the benefits of laser vision correction and found that “Almost 90% of eyes recalled for 12-year follow-up maintained or improved best corrected visual acuity.” (Source: Journal Of Refractive Surgery 2006; 22:871-877, Ocular Surgery News; January 1, 2007 p.34)

Another Study published in Ocular Surgery News followed 800 eyes for 10 years. According to this article, efficacy, safety and predictability were maintained throughout the study in eyes requiring low, intermediate and high levels of correction. (Source: Ocular Surgery News; January 1, 2007 p.36) From consultation to post-operative follow-up, Dr. Kugler is committed to excellent patient care.

It is important to keep in mind that despite positive reports, laser vision is a medical procedure that carries certain risks. Keeping this in mind, it is critical to seek a skilled and conscientious surgeon. Proper patient evaluation, an accurate creation of the LASIK flap, state-of-the-art laser technology and proper post-operative care all go into ensuring a safe and successful surgery. By finding an excellent surgeon and a supportive eye center that is compassionate to your needs, you can eliminate your fears and enjoy the benefits of LASIK.

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