Recently, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) reported that on average, 95.4 percent of LASIK patients are pleased with their improved vision.
This is worldwide, not just in the U.S. The ASCRS did a large study, looking at patient satisfaction in India, Iran, Turkey, South Africa, Spain, the Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, France, and the U.K. If they had looked at Australia as well, they would have found more patient satisfaction.
About 16.4 million people have had a LASIK procedure, making it one of the most popular and successful eye procedures done. It was approved in 1995 by the FDA, and perhaps because vision problems are so quickly noticed by anyone who experiences them, and so disruptive of daily life, LASIK is also one of the most-often studied medical procedures. It is not surprising that so many innovations have been developed and improved in the 13 years it has been FDA-approved.
One of the requirements for a LASIK surgeon to have a good record of success with patient outcomes is thorough patient screening. LASIK is not a good option for everybody. Your eye doctor will examine your eyes very closely to determine your candidacy, and will also study your general health history. Performing LASIK on a poor candidate was done too often in the early LASIK years, and surgeons have paid close attention to what makes for a good candidate. If you are not well-suited to LASIK, you might be a good candidate for PRK, which gives results just as good.
Technology is continuing to advance and be refined, and if you are well-screened, have LASIK done by an experienced eye surgeon, and care for yourself afterwards according to your surgeon’s instructions, you can expect a very quick and dramatic improvement in your vision. Please contact us if you would like to have a complimentary evaluation.