Is LASIK Safe? Plus, Answers To Six More Questions About LASIK
North American Precis Syndicate
Now may be the time to correct your vision with LASIK. Your eye doctor can help. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—You’ve had it with glasses and contacts getting in the
way of your lifestyle. You’ve heard about LASIK and maybe even talked
to one of the more than 19 million people who have had the popular laser
vision correction procedure. Dr. John Vukich,
assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin
and member of the Refractive Surgery Council, answers six of the most-asked
questions about LASIK:
1) Is LASIK safe?
“All surgery comes with risk, but there is a huge amount of clinical
research backing LASIK as safe and effective,” assures Dr. Vukich. “That research, and the clinical experience
with the procedure, shows it has a 96 percent patient satisfaction rate and
the risk of sight-threatening complications is extremely low—less than
2) Does it hurt?
“The procedure is relatively painless because numbing drops are used
throughout,” Dr. Vukich confirms. “Some
people experience some mild discomfort after the procedure, mostly irritation
and dryness, but that usually disappears within 24 hours.”
3) What are the side effects?
“Some patients experience dry eye symptoms. Some have light
sensitivity, glare, halos, ghosting or starbursts,” says Dr. Vukich. “These generally go away with time and
healing, but sometimes additional medication or other treatment may be
4) Will I be rid of glasses
“LASIK doesn’t stop the aging process, so everyone needs
reading glasses at some point,” answers Dr. Vukich.
“LASIK improves the vision you have at the time of the procedure, but
it won’t prevent the vision conditions that occur naturally over time,
such as presbyopia and cataracts.”
5) Can anyone have LASIK?
“About 20 percent of patients aren’t good candidates for the
procedure,” says Dr. Vukich. “Eye
health, the shape of the cornea, medical conditions like lupus and diabetes,
or certain medications can make it a less than ideal choice. It is important
to share your complete medical history with your eye surgeon.”
6) Do they actually shoot lasers
into your eyes?
“The short answer is yes! Today’s laser technologies reshape
the cornea and correct vision without damaging any surrounding tissue,”
says Dr. Vukich. “The technology we use today
is so precise, the vision correction is customized
to the individual patient’s eye, not just his or her prescription.”
If you are thinking now is the time to seriously look into LASIK, get the
facts and go into it as an informed patient. Get started by visiting www.americanrefractivesurgerycouncil.org/blog.
lasers give surgeons the ability to reshape the cornea and correct vision
without damaging any surrounding tissue,” said John Vukich,
M.D., assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of
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