If you rely on glasses or contact lenses to see well, it is likely at some point you have wondered what it would be like to see without needing corrective lenses. Which means, you’ve thought about a laser vision correction procedure – like LASIK. Because it is elective surgery, it is important to weigh the risks and benefits of LASIK. That means spending some time learning about the procedure, what to expect before, during and after, and thinking about how LASIK fits in your lifestyle. Part of that process, naturally, is understanding LASIK’s safety profile.
There is a tremendous amount of clinical research into and 20 years of experience with LASIK. To date, more than 7,000 clinical studies have been conducted to evaluate LASIK safety and performance. It is based upon this impressive library of evidence that we know LASIK to be incredibly safe for those who are good candidates for the procedure.
And that is an important aspect of safety – being a good candidate. Some patients may not realize this, but LASIK is not suited for everyone. In fact, around 15 percent of people who want LASIK aren’t eligible. The only way to determine if LASIK is recommended for you and your vision is to have a thorough eye exam as part of a LASIK consultation. That process is designed to make sure LASIK is safe for you and your vision.
To help you better understand LASIK safety, this article from the American Refractive Surgery Council’s Insight blog offers a thorough explanation into the science and experience that has gone into making LASIK the safe and effective vision correction option it is today. It includes tips for how to look into LASIK for yourself, to ensure you are making a confident and informed decision about your vision correction choices. Dr. Solomon is here to help, either with a LASIK consult and exam, or to answer any questions you may have about the procedure and its safety profile.