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Earlier this year, a team of researchers wanted to determine if modern LASIK had improved patient outcomes when compared to when LASIK was first approved by the FDA. The team reviewed more than 4,400 clinical studies from around the world and concluded in a paper published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery that LASIK is among the safest and most effective vision correction procedures. This vast data review on LASIK is the latest to be added to the library of more than 7,000 peer-reviewed, published studies.


There has never been a better time to have LASIK. The American Refractive Surgery Council recently wrote, “There are as many reasons [to opt for LASIK] as there are candidates. But all of them want what LASIK has to offer – superb vision correction without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses.”


Should I consider LASIK today?

LASIK today is the best it’s ever been. In addition to continuous improvements in technology and technique, surgeons also draw on an extensive base of knowledge to evaluate the patient and perform the procedure.


The scientific literature reports patient satisfaction rates (globally) of more than 98 percent. And, data from a recent three-year study showed contact lens wearers who chose LASIK were more satisfied with their vision than those who stayed in contacts, and that LASIK patient satisfaction also increased over time (while the satisfaction rate among contact lens users decrease).


Is LASIK for everyone?

No, and any reputable LASIK surgeon will use everything at their disposal to evaluate and determine if an individual is a good candidate.


Surgeons today will discuss the procedure in depth with you and will ensure you understand the risks as well as the benefits. A range of medical conditions, including thin corneas and other eye deformities, can mean that LASIK won’t work well for you.


(If you are told you are not a good or even excellent candidate for LASIK, do not be discouraged. It means you are working with a qualified surgeon who has your best interest at heart. There are likely other alternatives to help you achieve your vision goals.)


Opting for LASIK means understanding what the experience will be like – what happens in surgery, what you’ll experience afterward, how long until side effects disappear, and how your vision might continue to change over time.


Do your homework and ask questions.


Ultimately, and only after you have all of the information, you need to determine if LASIK is right for you. If you are a good candidate for LASIK, think about what you want out of the procedure, and be prepared with questions to ask. Articles like this can help you get ready for your consultation. Candidates who come to see us and discuss their vision correction options have done their homework. They have independently confirmed that LASIK is safe and effective, and they know the advantages it offers over other forms of vision correction. We are here to help and will answer any question you may have.


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