The best LASIK candidate is 18 years or older, has healthy corneas and has had very little if any changes in their vision over the last 12 months. Individuals with certain medical conditions and women who are pregnant are not candidates.
A meta-analysis dated March 2008 performed by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, over 3,000 peer-reviewed articles published over the past 10 years in clinical journals from around the world, including 19 studies comprising 2,200 patients that looked directly at satisfaction, revealed a 95.4 percent patient satisfaction rate among LASIK patients worldwide.
1. Study On Post-Lasik Quality Of Life http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/103194.php
As with any medical procedure, no outcome can legally be guaranteed, and there are risks involved with Laser Vision Correction. Dr. Perich and his staff will discuss all of the risks involved with you in detail during your personal consultation. A very small percentage of patients who undergo this procedure have reported mild side effects from seeing halos around lights at night or experiencing minor fluctuations in vision throughout the day, though most of these side effects are completely temporary.
First, your eyes will be numbed using a special anesthetic eye drop; the procedure itself is virtually painless. You will remain awake throughout the procedure and may feel some mild pressure, but no pain. In some extreme cases a patient may request/require a mild sedative such as Valium in order to calm them down. Some post procedure discomfort such as itchy, water eyes may occur, but will typically disappear within 12 to 24 hours.
Many of our patients can read the clock on the wall immediately after LASIK and even return to work the following day of the procedure. Your sight may fluctuate for a period of time after the procedure, so it is important to have realistic expectations. Dr. Perich or one of the doctors of the Perich Eye Center may suggest that you take it easy for a few days. Each case is unique, so listen to our doctors carefully for recovery times regarding your specific needs and work environment.
While not all patients undergoing LASIK will gain 20/20 vision, an overwhelming majority of our cases achieve at least 20/40 after the procedure. Less than one percent of patients experience any kind of serious vision-threatening complications from the procedure. Beware of LASIK clinics offering low price procedures and vision guarantees and make sure you read the small print.
The goal of LASIK is to reduce or eliminate the need for any type of corrective lenses. Those who still feel the need to wear glasses, generally only need them in certain circumstances such as nighttime driving or various weather related situations where visibility is decreased. Most people, whether having had LASIK or not, will find a need to wear reading glasses as they reach their 40s.