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:
- It accounts for more than 90% of all vision eye surgeries targeting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism completed each year.
- Approximately two million people undergo LASIK each year and it is common in countries around the world.
- It can correct astigmatism issues successfully and many patients have even better vision than they had with the use of glasses or contacts.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.