Ten Things You Didn't Know About LASIK

If you wear contacts or eyeglasses, the thought of a quick and easy solution to your vision problems probably sounds pretty appealing. LASIK surgery has been that solution for millions of people around the world. Yet, despite being such a popular procedure, many people don't know all the facts about it. Here are ten things you may not know about LASIK:

  1. Photo Of Eye Following LASIK - LocateADoc.comIt accounts for more than 90% of all vision eye surgeries targeting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism completed each year.
  2. Approximately two million people undergo LASIK each year and it is common in countries around the world.
  3. It can correct astigmatism issues successfully and many patients have even better vision than they had with the use of glasses or contacts.
  4. Though the procedure has grown extremely popular in recent years, it has actually been available for over two decades. Patients should be pleased to know many ophthalmologists have years of experience delivering excellent results.
  5. It can be performed on patients of all ages. Patients as young as 18 and those into their 70s have undergone LASIK surgery to correct their vision. Even those who have undergone a surgical procedure for cataract issues may be eligible.
  6. Most patients experience very little, if any, pain. Surgeons give numbing eye drops before the procedure, so some people feel only mild discomfort or irritation. Patients can elect to take an over-the-counter pain killer, but no prescription-strength drugs are needed.
  7. No sedation is required. This is one surgical procedure that does not require anesthesia. This is especially comforting for individuals who react poorly to anesthesia or are nervous about being sedated.
  8. The recovery is fast. In fact, some patients choose to go back to work the same day. Nearly everyone can resume their normal activities after just a few hours of rest.
  9. It can save you money in the long run. Considering the lifelong costs associated with replacing contacts and eyeglasses, plus the cost of supplies, surgery may actually cost less.
  10. It isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. Surgeons customize the procedure to get the best results for each patient. They may use a bladeless approach or incorporate the use of wavefront technology, depending on the needs of each patient.

Read more about LASIK surgery by checking out our LASIK resource guide.

Further Reading

  • Many diabetics struggle with keeping their blood sugar levels under control to maintain a steady level of energy and prevent many diseases.  Now, researchers confirm that blood sugar also plays an important role in maintaining healthy eyes, and diabetics can reduce their risk of vision loss by making changes in their diet and lifestyle.

  • LASIK and laser eye surgery procedures continue to be a popular option for treating nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, but not everyone meets the requirements for this procedure. Conductive keratoplasty (CK) is one of the newest forms of refractive surgery and unlike other forms of eye surgery, uses radio waves and heat energy to reduce the size of the connective tissues around the cornea. This procedure is designed for patients suffering from hyperopia and presbyopia. The latest clinical results show that CK can produce more stable results than previously, and is now widely accepted by laser eye surgeons around the United States.

  • Twilight actress Judi Shekoni recently underwent the LASIK vision correction procedure at a Beverly Hills LASIK center and is now enjoying the successful outcome. The procedure was performed by LASIK eye surgery specialist Dr. Khanna, and involved a two-step process. Ms. Shekoni, who plays vampire Zafrina on the Twilight show, reports that she was a “nervous passenger” while undergoing the procedure but it was completely painless.