LASIK eye surgery safe in long-term, experts say

LASIK eye surgery to correct a person’s vision has been in use since the mid-1990s, but lingering questions as to the long-term effects still come to mind for past and potential patients. But LASIK recipients can rest easy: Studies have shown that the surgeries have little negative effect and in fact, are now safer and more beneficial than ever.

“LASIK is an FDA-approved procedure… if there were long-term issues with the procedure, the FDA would pull the procedure off the market, right? And that is absolutely not the case,” Dr. Marc Werner, an ophthalmologist at the Stahl Eye Center in New York City, told “We still have lots of people we started on 18 to 19 years ago who are perfect. It’s still a very good procedures with long-term results.”

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Surgeon experiences ‘humanness’ of fear during LASIK

We have better and more efficient instrumentation and lasers, larger ablation and blend zones, thinner flaps created by latest generation microkeratomes and femtosecond lasers, and the ability to treat larger degrees of myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia. All of this, along with sophisticated nomograms, has led to more precise outcomes with lower enhancement rates, less pronounced and less frequent side effects such as dry eye and night difficulties, and happier patients overall.

John Berdahl describes his experience with contemporary LASIK. John admits to the “humanness” of fear of the procedure despite being extremely familiar with the data regarding safety and the thought that most patients on the way into the laser room grapple with: “I sure hope something doesn’t go wrong.” He also proves he is human by doing what we all do — assume that his experience is like everyone else’s, hence the attention to dry symptoms just after the procedure.

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LASIK surgery: Is it right for you?

If you’re tired of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, you may wonder whether laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery is right for you. After all, LASIK surgery has a good track record and most people are satisfied with the results.

However, LASIK surgery isn’t the most appropriate vision-correction option for everyone, and it’s not without risks. Read on to determine whether you’re a good candidate for LASIK surgery.

When is LASIK surgery a good choice?

LASIK surgery is a type of refractive eye surgery. During the procedure, an eye surgeon creates a flap in the cornea, and then uses a laser to reshape the cornea and correct focusing problems in the eye. LASIK surgery is most appropriate for people who have a moderate degree of:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia), in which you see nearby objects clearly, but distant objects are blurry
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia), in which you can see distant objects clearly, but nearby objects are blurry
  • Astigmatism, which causes overall blurry vision

A good surgical outcome depends on careful evaluation of your eyes before the surgery.

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