Top Questions to Ask Before Getting a LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure

Eric Donnenfeld, MD | May 25, 2023
Essential Questions to Ask Before Getting LASIK Eye Surgery – Part 1

It’s completely normal to have many questions and concerns when considering a life-changing surgery such as a LASIK procedure. To ensure you’re fully informed, our experienced doctors have compiled a list of the questions they think are essential for you to ask before committing to a LASIK eye surgery procedure. It’s in your best interests to ask questions and ensure you feel confident in your decision, your surgeon, and yourself before getting LASIK.

What Exactly is LASIK?

LASIK is an acronym for Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis. It is a prevalent refractive surgery that corrects common vision issues like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This procedure reshapes the cornea, enabling light entering the eye to be correctly focused onto the retina, thus providing clearer vision.

What is the Success Rate of LASIK?

LASIK has an exceptionally high success rate, with most patients achieving 20/20 vision or better post-procedure. However, individual results can vary based on factors such as the degree of the vision error and the individual’s overall health. It’s also important for you to ask your surgeon about their patients’ success rates and if you have any risk factors that may cause issues after the procedure.

How Long Does a LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure Take?

Typically, the LASIK procedure is a swift one, especially with the latest advancements in laser technology. The actual laser treatment lasts merely a few seconds to a minute per eye. However, you should plan to be at the clinic for a couple of hours for pre-operative preparations and post-operative care.

How Long is the Recovery Time Post-LASIK?

Most patients experience a rapid recovery following the LASIK procedure. While individual healing rates may vary, many people can return to their daily routine as early as the next day. It’s important to remember, though, that the healing process continues for several weeks after the surgery.

Are There Any Risks Associated with LASIK?

As with any surgery, LASIK has potential risks. These may include dry eyes, night vision issues, and in rare cases, loss of vision. However, advancements in technology and the expertise of the surgeon significantly reduce these risks.

Can LASIK Correct Presbyopia?

Presbyopia, a condition that makes it difficult to focus on close objects, commonly occurs as people age. While LASIK cannot directly treat presbyopia, there are other laser procedures, such as  Monovision LASIK, that have been designed to address this condition. Talk to your surgeon if you think you would be a good candidate for Monovision LASIK.

Is LASIK a Permanent Solution to My Vision Problem?

LASIK has a long-lasting impact on correcting vision. However, it does not prevent the natural aging process of the eye, and some individuals may eventually need reading glasses as they age.

Remember, these questions are a starting point. Always consult with a LASIK by OCLI Vision specialist to discuss your unique circumstances and determine if LASIK is the right choice for you. Part two of this series will address additional inquiries about LASIK procedures.

It’s time to stop wondering, “Where can I find the best LASIK surgery near me?” LASIK by OCLI Vision is the perfect place to start your LASIK journey.

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