Wearing eyeglasses or contacts are the most popular ways to correct vision problems, but many patients want a more permanent solution that doesn’t require the use of corrective equipment. LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is eye surgery that treats nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism by reshaping the cornea to better focus light rays onto the retina. During a LASIK procedure, the surgeon can also correct astigmatism by reshaping an irregularly shaped cornea into a more regular shape at the time of surgery.
LASIK Risks and Recovery
When performed by an experienced ophthalmologist, the success rate for LASIK eye surgery is very high. More than 90% of those who have the surgery receive vision correction between 20/20 and 20/40. There are of course some risks involved with eye surgery. Infections do sometimes happen, and just over 10% require a second surgery to achieve desired results.
Are You Candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery?
If you are interested in improving your vision with LASIK, the first step is to consult with your ophthalmologist to make sure you are a candidate. Generally, LASIK is an option for those who are 18 years or older and have mild to moderate astigmatism, farsightedness or nearsightedness that is considered stable. Your ophthalmologist will evaluate your eyes and confirm the likelihood that LASIK will produce a favorable result.
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