While most people have heard of LASIK, not everyone knows very much about the procedure. Even worse, some people end up with misinformation about LASIK.
The truth is, LASIK is an elective procedure that can give you freedom from glasses and contacts. Keep reading for 5 things you should know about LASIK eye surgery!
Many People Qualify For LASIK
Up to 98% of people who currently wear glasses or contacts could qualify for LASIK surgery. There are very few restrictions on LASIK.
Some common factors include being at least 18, in good health, and having a stable eye prescription. If your corneas are too thin, you may not be right for LASIK.
The vast majority of people who want LASIK are candidates for the procedure. This is the case for all refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
For those who are not great candidates for LASIK, there are other vision correction procedures that could be an option that yields excellent results! Your eye surgeon will let you know your options.
LASIK Has Been FDA Approved Since The Nineties
Some people think of LASIK as a new and experimental kind of procedure. In reality, the surgery has been around for over 25 years.
LASIK became FDA approved in the 1990s and is incredibly safe. There’s nothing experimental about LASIK. A good surgeon knows what they are doing and will have the latest technology available for their patients.
LASIK Isn’t Scary!
Patients are awake for the LASIK procedure, which allows your eye surgeon to walk you through each step as it occurs. The procedure is also brief; it typically takes under ten minutes from start to finish!
Before undergoing LASIK, your eyes will be completely numbed. This is done using numbing eye drops and means you won’t feel any pain during the procedure! The numbing eye drops usually wear off a few hours after your procedure is complete.
LASIK Has An Easy Recovery
Full recovery from LASIK takes about six months. After surgery, your eyes will continue to improve and stabilize around week four post-op.
The initial discomfort from surgery usually only lasts a day or two at most. In the first month, you’ll need to avoid activities like swimming or heavy exercise.
Many patients are able to go back to work only a day or two after surgery. Your vision will be noticeably improved and will only continue to improve in the weeks after!
LASIK Can Be Good For Your Career
A lot of celebrities have had LASIK. This isn’t because LASIK is stylish or trendy. It’s useful for their careers!
Many golf players have had LASIK to improve their game, like Tiger Woods! Getting LASIK in 1999 ensured he’ll always be able to see the ball, no matter how far away it is. LASIK is also useful for actors so they can play any role without worrying about glasses or contacts.
Even in everyday careers, LASIK can make a difference! If you work in a field that requires wearing goggles or eyewear, LASIK is smart. LASIK is a life-changing procedure with a 96% success rate with patients who have undergone it.
Thinking LASIK may sound right for you? Contact Nielsen Eye Center in Weymouth, Norwell, or Quincy, MA to schedule a LASIK consultation today!