It is amazing to think that a procedure that takes only minutes to complete can provide instant, significantly clearer vision. The safety and effectiveness of the LASIK procedure have only increased through the years. There is now better screening, technology, and techniques utilized to ensure an optimal outcome. It is no wonder that nearly 18 million LASIK procedures were performed in the United States through 2012.
LASIK Success Rates
At the eye care center Monterey County Eye Associates, LASIK success rates are high. The vast majority of patients who undergo LASIK will be able to achieve 20/40 vision or better. At 20/40 vision, patients are able to perform most day-to-day tasks without having to wear glasses. It is estimated that 90 percent of patients achieve 20/40 vision or better following LASIK surgery. Many patients are able to achieve 20/20 vision or better without wearing glasses. Most patients achieve their desired results once their vision stabilizes following surgery.
With recent advancements in technology, the precision, accuracy, and safety of LASIK surgery is greater than it has ever been. The vast majority of patients who underwent LASIK surgery reported being satisfied with their outcomes after their vision had stabilized. This makes LASIK among the most successful surgeries performed today.
Candidates for LASIK
Many people dream of waking up one day and being able to see clearly without having to rely on glasses or contact lenses. Through LASIK, many men and women can rid themselves of the inconvenience and hassle of having to rely on these visual aids to clearly see the world around them. LASIK is a highly safe and effective treatment for many, but not all patients will qualify for the procedure. To ensure the safety and efficacy of the procedure, a surgeon will not perform LASIK surgery on a patient unless he or she has been deemed a suitable candidate.
The LASIK screening process is vital to the success of the procedure. If a patient does not meet the qualifications for LASIK surgery, he or she is at a greater risk of experiencing a negative outcome. During the LASIK screening process, a complete medical and vision history will be taken, and a comprehensive eye examination will be performed. During this examination, the cornea will be measured to determine its thickness and strength. With proper screening, a patient’s risk of complications or side effects after surgery can be greatly minimized.
A patient may be a candidate for LASIK surgery if he or she:
- Is in good health
- Is over the age of 18
- Is not pregnant or nursing
- Has stable vision (no change in eye prescription for one year or more)
- Has pupils that are not too large
- Has corneas that are not too thin or too weak
- Is affected by myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism
Learn More about LASIK Success Rates
You can achieve exceptional, long-lasting results with LASIK. To learn about LASIK success rates at Monterey County Eye Associates, please call, email, or visit our office today. We will be happy to discuss our LASIK success rates in detail with you.