Is LASIK Surgery Safe?

Is LASIK SafeAlthough LASIK eye surgery results have continued to improve since the early days of the procedure, some potential LASIK candidates still wonder if LASIK surgery is safe.

LASIK eye surgery is one of the most popular elective procedures performed today, and it offers many benefits that can improve your overall quality of life. Due to the latest technology and the skills of experienced LASIK surgeons such as the doctors at Harvard Eye Associates, millions of Americans are less dependent on their contact lenses and glasses.

The surgery has an excellent safety record, but as with any surgery post-operative complications can occur. A very small percentage of patients may require an enhancement or touch up procedure to improve their vision to the desired level. Additionally, due to presbyopia, some LASIK eye surgery patients may still need reading glasses once they reach middle-age (40 to 50) due to a normal age related loss of near vision.  Overall, LASIK eye surgery is safe and has a significantly high success rate, but it is important to discuss and consider all the risks with your surgeon prior to undergoing the LASIK procedure.

LASIK involves using an excimer laser to reshape the cornea in order to decrease or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. Normally, your cornea (front part of the eye) focuses light onto the retina (back part of the eye) to create an image. If the cornea is imperfectly shaped or if the eyeball is longer or shorter than normal, a distorted image is projected onto the retina resulting in blurry vision.

During LASIK surgery in San Clemente, one of our doctors creates a tiny flap on the surface of the eye and uses the excimer laser to gently reshape the exposed cornea. The laser allows one of our doctors to achieve remarkable accuracy while maintaining excellent control throughout the LASIK procedure. The flap is then replaced, adhering naturally and securely to the eye, and you are on your way to better vision.

For decades, the only solution to nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism was corrective eyewear; however, now LASIK eye surgery offers an alternative option for those who wish to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contacts.

To schedule your LASIK consultation, contact Harvard Eye Associates at 949-951-2020 or today.