LASIK eye surgery is a popular way of regaining eyesight and permanently removing the need for corrective lenses. It is effective in treating myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia. However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for LASIK eye surgery. If you would like to determine if this procedure is for you, you will need to meet with an ophthalmologist for a consultation. You will also need to undergo testing to help make the determination regarding your eligibility.
Determining your eligibility and performing the surgery and good candidates directly affects the amount of patients satisfied with the procedure. By screening out those who would have a negative response or complications, patients can rest assured that with careful preliminary screening, if they are selected they will have more than satisfactory results.
Some of the eligibility requirements for LASIK eye surgery include being over the age of 18, having stable vision (this means their prescription has not changed for at least two years), and not suffering from disqualifying medical conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, or Keratoconus. To determine if you are eligible for the procedure you will need to have a consultation done which will be free of charge.
Once you have passed all of the pre screening tests and it has been determined you are a good candidate, more steps are taken to ensure you will have successful results. New technologies allow for greater accuracy with the procedure, and patients can rest assured that their course of action will be customized not only to their needs, but also to the needs of each individual eye.
Most people mistakenly believe that after LASIK eye surgery they will have 20/20 or 20/10 vision. That is not true. Some people may still require the use of corrective lenses for activities such as reading, driving, or night vision. However, 56% of patients do result in 20/20 vision, removing the need for any corrective lenses.
Statistics have been released that assess how many people are satisfied with the results of their surgeries, as well as what level of vision they have after the surgery. According to the results determined by the Functional Outcomes and Patient Satisfaction after Laser in Situ Keratomileusis for Correction of Myopia, during the year 2005, 92.2 % of patients were satisfied with their results.
By staying current with the newest breakthroughs in technology, and by adhering to the prescreening process, ophthalmologists and patients can work together to ensure that they have a positive LASIK eye surgery experience.