LASIK: Success Rates of Laser Eye Surgery
By Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.A. on October 28, 2014
We at Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.A. believe that patients should receive ample information about their eye care options. This commitment to patient education may explain why we are such a trusted resource for vision correction and eye care in Wilmington.
Proper patient education is particularly important when it comes to LASIK surgery. LASIK is a popular laser eye surgery that can enhannce your vision, and there are numerous benefits and risks to consider. Let's focus on the success rates first and what these mean to prospective patients.
About LASIK Surgery
LASIK surgery is a refractive surgery procedure, meaning that it reshapes the patient's corneas in order to improve the passage of light through the eyes. By doing this, light is properly focused on the retinas, which is the light-sensitive tissue located at the back of the eyes.
When completed, LASIK reduces a patient's dependence on prescription glasses and contact lenses when it comes to the following refractive errors:
- Myopia (Nearsightedness)
- Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
Patient Satisfaction of LASIK Surgery
Patient satisfaction from LASIK surgery tends to be very high. A number of patient surveys and studies over the years have shown patient satisfaction rates ranging from 92% to 98%.
This demonstrates how effective the results of LASIK are for the vast majority of patients, but keep in mind that this does not mean perfect vision.
The Chances of Achieving 20/20 Vision or Better
While the chances of achieving 20/20 vision or better are not guaranteed, they are getting better as more advances are made in LASIK technology. The American Association of Professional Eyecare Specialists (AAPECS) found that 20/20 or better vision occurred in 55.3% of LASIK patients.
The Chances of Achieving 20/40 Vision or Better
While perfect and better-than-perfect vision is not guaranteed, near-perfect and very good vision are highly likely thanks to LASIK. The AAPECS found that patients are 92.6% likely to achieve 20/40 vision or better as a result of LASIK surgery.
What to Make of These Success and Satisfaction Numbers
Given the levels of patient satisfaction as well as the numbers that cover overall surgical effectiveness, it should come as no surprise that more and more people are undergoing LASIK surgery today given the positive difference that it can make. The numbers should hold steady or improve as time progresses and as LASIK technology continues to improve.
Realistic Expectations for LASIK Surgery
With the above in mind, these numbers should also help provide you with some realistic expectations when it comes to care. There is a slight chance that your vision may not be optimal after LASIK and that you may not be satisfied fully by the results. Complications are still a possibility after LASIK, though they are becoming less likely.
In the end, it's important that you weigh your options for surgical and non-surgical vision correction carefully so that you can make a choice that is most sensible for you.
Learn More About LASIK Surgery
For more information about LASIK surgery and how it may be of great benefit to you and your needs, be sure to contact our vision correction and eye care specialists today. The entire team at Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.A. looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve the best eyesight possible.
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