5 Reasons to Consider LASIK Eye Surgery

Are you sick of reaching for your glasses when you wake up or stumbling to the bathroom to put in your contact lenses so you can see? If your answer is, “Yes! I’m sick of it,” you may want to consider getting LASIK eye surgery. LASIK is a type of refractive surgery that reshapes the cornea to enable light entering the eye to hit the retina at the right angle, which improves your vision. 

There are several types of refractive eye surgery but LASIK, which stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is the most popular. Besides wanting to wake up with good vision, without needing contacts or eyeglasses, here are five other reasons to consider LASIK, courtesy of our specialists at the Witlin Center for Advanced Eyecare. 

You’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism

LASIK works best at correcting nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. With these three vision issues, the light that enters your eye is bent incorrectly and ends up causing objects that are near,  far away, or both to appear fuzzy or blurred. 

One way to correct this blurred vision is with glasses or contacts, which bend the light entering your eye in the right direction. Reshaping the cornea through LASIK is another way.  

LASIK has a high success rate

LASIK has been around since 1991. Of the many millions of people who have undergone the procedure, the vast majority of them are pleased with the results. According to the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, LASIK has a 96% satisfaction rate. More than 90% of patients achieve 20/20 vision, or better. 

Results come quickly

Results vary from patient to patient, but the majority of people start seeing better the next day. And your vision should continue to improve every day, although it may take up to two months for your vision to fully stabilize. You should be able to resume all normal activities, including driving, within a day or two.   

Complications are rare

As with any surgery, there are possible complications. With LASIK, complications can include dry eyes, vision loss, and flap problems. But problems are rare, with complication rates at only 1%. 

The procedure is quick and painless

Our LASIK surgery specialists usually complete the procedure within 30 minutes — 15 minutes for each eye. At The Witlin Center for Advanced Eyecare, we apply numbing drops to make the procedure as pain-free and comfortable as possible. 

If you’re sick of glasses and contacts, call us at the Witlin Center for Advanced Eyecare to find out if LASIK eye surgery is right for you.

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