Does LASIK hurt?
LASIK in the hands of an experienced surgeon is virtually painless. You can expect to feel a slight sensation of pressure during the procedure and possible slight discomfort or pain after the procedure. Inserting or removing contact lenses – or just rubbing tired eyes after wearing glasses – may produce more discomfort than a LASIK procedure.
When can I return to work?
After a good night’s sleep, most people wake up seeing clearly without lenses, and are able to return to work within 24-48 hours after the procedure.
How do you choose a LASIK doctor?
If you choose your LASIK surgeon based only on price, you may be dissatisfied with your vision results. Not all LASIK centers invest in the very latest technologies, have local doctors performing the procedures, and offer personalized treatment and follow up care. It’s important to do your research and make sure you feel 100% confident in your doctor’s track record of success and the technology being offered. Look for a local surgeon like Dr. Matthew Chang or Dr. Brett Nelson, who will personally oversee every step of the procedure and take the time to answer all of your questions. Ask tough questions and demand satisfactory answers! Ensure you feel at ease with the entire staff and that you’re being treated with the respect and care that you deserve.
Is LASIK safer than contacts?
More than 30 million Americans use contact lenses. In addition to offering flexibility, convenience, and a lens-free appearance, contacts help correct a variety of vision disorders, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. But contact lenses also present potential risks.
The FDA has warned that wearing contact lenses puts you at risk of serious eye conditions. “Because they are worn directly on the eye, they can lead to conditions such as eye infections and corneal ulcers,” says James Saviola, Branch Chief for FDA’s Division of Ophthalmic and Ear, Nose and Throat Devices. “These conditions can develop very quickly and can be very serious. In rare cases, they can lead to blindness.”
Dr. William Mathers at Oregon Health & Science University reported that daily contact lens wearers have about a one in 100 chance of developing a serious lens-related eye infection over 30 years of use. “One shouldn’t just assume that contacts are safer [than LASIK],” Dr. Mathers reported. “This may have been true at one time, but for the average person this is certainly not the case anymore.”
What are the risks of LASIK?
More than 14 million Americans have already had LASIK and this number continues to grow. Experienced LASIK surgeons report a less than 1% complication rate. Some ophthalmologists believe the long-term risk of wearing contact lenses can exceed the one-time risk of LASIK by a factor as high as 5X. Of course, any surgical procedure carries potential risks and complications. You should be aware of the LASIK risks, which may include:
- Dry eye syndrome
- The need for an enhancement to achieve your best vision
- Infection causing loss of vision or loss of the eye
- Corneal flap irregularities
- Corneal ectasia, a protruding of the cornea that can cause loss of vision or vision distortion
- Visual symptoms, including halos, glare, starbursts, or double vision
Your surgeon choice and the LASIK technology used will have a large impact on the outcome of your procedure.
Can I really get rid of my glasses?
By choosing LASIK with the right doctor and advanced technologies, the typical person age 18 to 45 may not need prescription glasses at all. However, your vision is always changing. When you reach the age of 40, the flexibility of your eye lenses changes, causing a condition called presbyopia. This can make it difficult to see things up close, requiring you to wear reading glasses. You can develop presbyopia even if you have had a successful LASIK procedure in the past. We have several options to correct presbyopia:
- Monovision LASIK: one eye is corrected for near vision and the other for distance vision
- Clear Lens Exchange: similar to cataract surgery, your eye lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens
Will LASIK work for me?
Most people over the age of 18 who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism can benefit from LASIK, but a thorough eye exam is the only way to determine if one of these procedures can achieve your expectations. The exam should include corneal mapping (topography), corneal thickness measurement, and an evaluation of the overall health of your eye, to ensure that laser vision correction is right for you.
Your doctor should discuss your goals and expectations as well as the risks and benefits of the procedure. You should feel comfortable with your doctor’s assessment of your anticipated outcome.
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