LASIK is the world’s most common elective surgery. It’s popular primarily because it works--the procedure is successful in over 95% of patients. Furthermore, the effects are immediate, as the patient’s vision is improved within a day of the surgery.
The procedure has high rates of success regardless of the patient’s age. The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School conducted a study where they examined the outcome of the procedure in more than 400 patients between the ages of 40 and 69. They found that between 86-100% of patients suffering from nearsightedness had their vision restored to 20/30, while between 80-84% of farsighted patients had their vision corrected to 20/30. The surgery was just as successful for patients in their 60s as it was for those in their 40s and 50s. Additionally, adjustments can be made years after the surgery to account for changes in eyesight.
Though LASIK is highly successful, there are some drawbacks associated with the procedure. Depending on the severity of one’s vision issues, they may still need to wear glasses or contacts after the procedure. This is rare, but can happen particularly as patients develop presbyopia, which is the diminished ability of the eye to focus.
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