Is Lasik Safe? Here’s What You Need to Know
Written by Dr. James Lehmann on 08/31/18
Around 75% of adults in America wear either glasses or contacts.
If you’re a glasses wearer, you’ll know that there’s nothing more annoying than waking up to a blurry world every day.
This irritation is only heightened when you have a special occasion coming up and have to think about what to wear – contacts or glasses?
Maybe you’re someone who sits at a computer all day and hates having to pull your glasses on and off. I don’t blame you! If you know these problems well, you’re more than likely to have heard about the magic of laser eye surgery or Lasik.
Lasik has now been around for over 20 years. In fact, it was FDA approved in 1996.
As a result, the technology has only improved over time. But, many people still pose the question: “Is Lasik safe?” If this question is what’s holding you back from having surgery, we’ve got you covered.
But, please remember to always speak to your doctor and take their advice before making this decision!
In this article, we’ll look at some of the things you need to know before deciding whether or not to have Lasik. Let’s go!
Are You Even Eligible for Lasik Surgery?
Lasik provides treatment for people who are either near-sighted or far-sighted. It can also help those who have astigmatism.
But, you may not be eligible for the procedure. Your doctor will be the first person to answer the question is Lasik safe for you.
There are multiple steps to decide this and they start with an examination. The exam includes multiple checks on your health and medical history.
After checking your medical history, your doctor will check your eyes. They’re looking at; the dryness of your eye, the cornea’s shape, the pupil size and refractive errors.
There are many people who can’t undergo Lasik as it’s unsafe for them personally. You’re at risk of an unsafe procedure if:
- You are pregnant
- You are nursing a child
- You are under 18 years old
- You have large pupils
- You have thin or scarred corneas
- You have dry eyes
Although it can be irritating to be disqualified, at least you know that your doctor is keeping you safe!
If none of these apply to you, hopefully, you’ll be given the all-clear to receive Lasik surgery and will be one step closer to 20/20 vision.
Better yet, you’ll go into the procedure knowing there is little risk for you and can stop wondering, “is Lasik safe for me?”.
(Don’t worry if you’re not able to undergo this procedure as there are other options available to you.)
Deciding if Lasik is Safe by Judging the Results
You may be surprised by the number of people who you know that have undergone Lasik surgery.
You’ll find that many people don’t talk about it. This is usually because having 20/20 vision has quickly become their new normal.
As well as this, NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) explains that for properly vetted patients, the procedure “is safe and efficacious“.
Check out the overwhelming number of testimonials from people who are happy they can now see clearly! They will answer the question: “is Lasik safe?” with YES.
How Does the Procedure Work?
Before you decide whether Lasik is the right choice for you, it’s worth knowing a little bit about how it works.
However, if you’re squeamish, you may want to look away from this section and go into the procedure unknowing. Your choice!
Lasik involves having your doctor use a laser to open a thin flap in the corneal surface.
Another laser will then reshape the cornea. Finally, once the procedure is complete, the thin flap will be placed over the cornea.
Due to this flap, the eye will not require any stitches. This flap also means that eye infections aren’t as common, as it works as a bandage.
Of course, your doctor will be able to explain in depth! But, many of us prefer to know as little as possible and just enjoy the results.
Complications Which Could Arise After Lasik
It’s always wise to go into a procedure knowing the negatives that could happen.
But, be comforted by the fact that, in the case of Lasik, most complications can be fixed with a second procedure.
Some complications which can arise include:
- Eye infections – although these aren’t common with Lasik.
- Under-correction or over-correction – you may need glasses for some activities.
- Dry eye syndrome – after the eye is healed, this is likely to go away but get in contact with your doctor if not.
- Double vision – this can also be corrected with another procedure.
A Little Extra Info to Consider about Lasik
Scared of treatments? You’ll be pleased to learn that the Lasik procedure takes just 10 minutes per eye.
For some, this short amount of time can make the decision to undergo the procedure a lot simpler. Just 20 minutes for 20/20 vision!
However, the recovery phase will definitely take longer than just 20 minutes. In fact, it may take anywhere from a few days to weeks.
Of course, there have been some cases in which healing may even take a few years. But, if this is the case then speak to your doctor regularly.
How Much Does Lasik Cost?
If you’re feeling a lot less scared of Lasik after reading this article, then you may now be working out some figures.
When considering whether Lasik is right for you, it’s important to look at your finances first.
Consider how much money you’re currently spending on glasses, contact lenses and solution.
Lasik may be the most economical choice. For the procedure, you’ll need to pay anywhere between $299 to $4,000 per eye.
Of course, this procedure can be a lot cheaper abroad. But, make sure to always find the best doctor possible.
Lasik is a lot more likely to be safe when you’re speaking your native language and can discuss your options easily. (Rather than muddling through in German to save a few dollars!)
Is Lasik Safe? Ask Your Doctor!
There’s no better way to decide whether Lasik is safe than to ask a trained medical professional. By doing this, they will be able to judge your situation and health.
You can then be safe in the knowledge that most Lasik procedures go well.
Are you a potential Lasik candidate? Get in touch to register your interest!