LASIK is one of the safest, most common elective medical procedures currently available. According to FDA-reviewed research, when patients are equipped with in-depth information about the procedure, the benefits of the surgery far outweigh the risks. In fact, more than 600,000 Americans undergo LASIK every year, the vast majority of whom end up highly satisfied with their results.
That said, it’s entirely normal to have questions about the safety of LASIK surgery — after all, this is your eye health we’re talking about. That’s why we’ve pulled together the following information to highlight the advantages of the procedure as well as the risks involved. Still have questions? A Swagel Wootton Eye Institute specialist will be happy to answer them during your free consultation.
What Are the Risks Associated With LASIK?
While the FDA characterizes LASIK as a highly safe and effective procedure, there are some risks associated with the surgery. This is normal for any form of surgical intervention. The most common side effects of LASIK surgery include dry eyes and nighttime glare, though these are often fairly minor and fade during the recovery process.
Patients who receive treatment from an experienced surgeon like those at Swagel Wootton Eye Institute can rest assured that they’re in good hands. We’ve performed thousands of LASIK procedures, and are always happy to explain all the risks involved so you feel adequately informed at all times.
The Swagel Wootton Eye Institute Evaluation Process
During your initial evaluation at Swagel Wootton Eye Institute, our team of eye care specialists will provide you with detailed information about LASIK surgery so you know what to expect before, during, and after your procedure. They’ll also review your:
- Family history: Your medical history can directly affect the outcome of your LASIK procedure. It’s important to provide our staff with all of this information upfront so they can help ensure a smooth surgery and recovery.
- Risk factors: Certain factors can increase your chances of experiencing complications from LASIK surgery, including:
- A history of eye disease or eye injury
- Thin corneas
- A new contact lens or glasses prescription within the last year
- Recovery-inhibiting medications like corticosteroids
- Chronic diseases such as diabetes
- Eye health: Our eye care specialists will conduct an eye exam to evaluate whether LASIK is the right vision correction solution for you. During this exam, a clinician will use an advanced corneal topography system to measure your corneal curvature and thickness and capture high-quality digital photos of your retina.
Cutting-Edge Technology That Produces Optimal Results
Traditionally, surgeons have performed LASIK surgery by using a blade to make a slit in a patient’s cornea through which they remove the patient’s natural lens. However, LASIK can now be performed with greater precision and accuracy by using computer-assisted lasers. This blade-free alternative is more efficient and reliable than traditional methods.
At Swagel Wootton Eye Institute, proudly invest in top-of-the-line, cutting-edge laser technologies that enable us to provide our patients with the best care possible. We use the Wavelight Contoura system for all LASIK procedures. This topography-guided tool allows our surgeons to perform customized LASIK surgeries that meet each of our patient’s unique vision needs.
Are you ready to start enjoying life without glasses or contacts? Call the Swagel Wootton Eye Institute team today to schedule your free LASIK consultation.
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