Advantages and Disadvantages of LASIK

23 Apr 2015

LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis) is a popular surgical procedure for those who want to correct their vision problems. It can fix astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness.

The procedure reshapes the cornea so that light travels through it properly and allows you to focus like your eyes were meant to. There are no blades involved and the recovery is fairly quick - with long-term results.

If you are thinking about LASIK or another laser eye surgical procedure in Belfast, it is best to examine the advantages and disadvantages of the procedure so you can make an informed decision.

Advantages of LASIK

There is a reason LASIK is one of the most popular laser eye surgeries. The benefits include:

  1. A high success rate. This surgery is proven to correct vision and post-surgical enhancements can further improve vision (if needed).
  2. There is very little pain involved with the procedure. The surgeon will use numbing drops to alleviate any discomfort too.
  3. Your vision is corrected almost immediately or by the day after.
  4. You do not have to wear awkward bandages and there are no stitches.
  5. Adjustments can be made to correct any vision changes due to aging and often, at no cost to you.
  6. You may be able to eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contacts completely or reduce your vision correction prescription dramatically.

Disadvantages of LASIK

While LASIK has some significant advantages; there are also a few disadvantages to the procedure:

  1. Any changes made to your cornea are permanent; therefore, errors cannot be reversed. This is why it is important to use a skilled laser eye surgeon.
  2. In very rare cases, a patient may have a permanent loss of their “best” vision, which means they could still require eyeglasses post-surgery.
  3. Not everyone qualifies for this procedure.

The only way to fully understand the procedure and see if you are a candidate is by scheduling a free consultation with a skilled LASIK surgeon. The surgeon will do a free, in-depth assessment to see if your eyes will benefit from laser eye surgery. Depending on your current vision, the surgeon will also discuss any risks specific to your case.

Get the facts about LASIK or see if you are a candidate by scheduling a no obligation consultation with an Optilase surgeon. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your consultation with us.

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