Patients often wonder if LASIK is safe. We are here to help!
LASIK eye surgery is safe and extremely common.
Entering any procedure can be scary because you don’t know what you will experience. But LASIK is a highly successful and safe procedure. Over 600,000 surgeries are done in the US each year. To make sure your procedure is safe, you should:
Schedule a consultation: LASIK isn’t ideal for every patient. Your eye doctor needs to check out the health and shape of your eyes before considering surgery. The right candidates are less likely to experience any negative side effects and more likely to have positive vision changes.
Follow all instructions: Your doctor will give you instructions, like not wearing contact lenses for two weeks before the surgery. Always follow all instructions carefully.
Relax and de-stress: Stress can cause all kinds of physical symptoms. Try to relax and focus on the positives leading up to your surgery. Some patients find meditation, breathing exercises and really getting to know the surgeon help with this process. Trust your surgeon and relax during the 5 minutes spent to reshape each cornea.
Use a trusted surgeon: Not all doctors are equally skilled. You want a doctor that is experienced and knowledgeable for the best outcome possible.
Understand the risk factors: You should be aware of all possible outcomes, good or bad. Your surgeon should be upfront during the consultation and help you understand all aspects of your surgery.
This can be a scary decision, but we are here to help you make the right call. If you want to know more about risk factors and your potential fit for LASIK, call us today for a free LASIK consultation.
What Are the Risks?
Every medical procedure comes with some degree of risk, and LASIK is no exception. Among the small number of LASIK patients who do experience side effects, the most common issue is dry eyes. Some patients also experience nighttime glare, but this tends to be mild and typically subsides with time.
The FDA considers LASIK to be safe and effective when performed on a good candidate by an experienced surgeon. The overwhelming majority of LASIK patients are satisfied with the improvements to their vision, and research shows that well-informed patients find that the benefits of LASIK considerably outweigh the risks.
During your free consultation at Kleiman Evangelista Eye Centers of Texas, one of our surgeons will walk you through the risks of receiving LASIK surgery. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! We want you to be as informed and comfortable as possible.
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Are You a Good Candidate for LASIK?
Certain health conditions can affect the success of LASIK surgery, so it’s important to share your complete medical history with your eye surgeon during your consultation. This information will help us determine whether you’re a good candidate for LASIK, and help you set realistic expectations for what to expect pre- and post-surgery.
Be sure to let your surgeon know if any of the following are true for you, as they can increase the chances of complications:
- You’ve experienced a change in your glasses or contact lens prescription during the past year.
- You have a history of eye disease or eye injury.
- You have thin corneas.
- You’re taking medications that inhibit healing, such as corticosteroids.
- You have a chronic disease like diabetes that may impact your eyesight.
During your consultation, we’ll perform a comprehensive eye exam, create a 3D rendering of your cornea using an advanced topography imaging system, and take high-resolution digital photos of your retinas. Taken together, these steps will confirm that you’re a good candidate for LASIK.
Did you know that the first LASIK procedures actually involved the use of blades? Fortunately, thanks to advances in medical technology, our surgeons are now able to use lasers with computer-guided assistance to perform LASIK surgery completely free of blades. This makes LASIK more comfortable, reliable, and precise.
At Kleiman Evangelista, we take pride in using only the safest, top-of-the-line medical equipment, including the Wavelight Contoura laser. Used in tandem with the 3D topographical images we produce during your consultation, the Wavelight enables our surgeons to perform personalized LASIK procedures that are tailored to the unique layout and shape of your eyes.
Ready to talk to one of our eye care professionals to see if LASIK is the right way forward for you? Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.