90% of the people who have LASIK come out of the procedure with 20/40 vision or better without glasses or contacts.
In LASIK surgery, your ophthalmologist reshapes the tissue in the front of the eye to improve your vision so you won’t need glasses.
Approximately 700,000 of these procedures are conducted each year in America, making it a very common and productive surgery for patients seeking better vision. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), 90% of the people who have LASIK no longer need glasses or contacts, with results typically lasting 10 years or more.
For a person to achieve that type of vision clarity, light rays must travel through the cornea and lens at the front of the eye and refract (bend) the light so it lands perfectly on the retina in the back of the eye. If your eye doesn’t refract the light at just the right angle, you will end up with blurry vision.
For the right surgical candidate, LASIK can correct:
- Astigmatism, where the cornea curves or flattens in a way that disrupts both near and far vision
- Hyperopia, or farsightedness, where the cornea of the eye is too flat or the eyeball itself is too short
- Myopia, or nearsightedness, when the eyeball is longer than normal or the cornea curves too abruptly, which disrupts your long-range vision
The appeal of LASIK as an elective surgery is high as patients are attracted to the idea of dumping their glasses for good. However, the LASIK surgical correction typically does not last forever.
To qualify for LASIK surgery, you should:
- Be 18-21 years old or older
- Be in good health
- Have a fairly stable eye prescription over the past few years
- Have the type of refractive issue that can be treated by LASIK surgery
- Have healthy corneas that are the proper thickness
- Understand the LASIK procedure
The majority of patients remain happy with their vision even a decade after the surgery is complete. Jana Faulkner, a LASIK patient at Ocala Eye, is very happy with her LASIK surgery, saying she highly recommends it, “…for anyone who may need that and is a candidate for it. It’s a miracle!”
If you’re wondering about LASIK, you’ve come to the right place. Ocala Eye specializes in bladeless LASIK surgery at our state-of-the-art Ocala Eye Surgery Center. Contact our team today to discuss whether LASIK is right for you.