A Closer Look At LASIK Success Rates
North American Precis Syndicate
Talk with your LASIK surgeon to help define your own vision goals. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—One of the most common questions surgeons are asked about
LASIK is: What is the success rate?
The answer is impressive as outcomes of LASIK surgery—measured by
vision and patient satisfaction—are better than ever. In fact, LASIK
has one of the highest satisfaction rates on record for any kind of elective
surgery—more than 96 percent.
But there is only one LASIK success measure that matters—does it
give you the outcome that is right for you? The American Refractive Surgery
recommends defining what success looks like as an important step in deciding
if a laser vision correction procedure is a good option. Asking yourself some
questions can help.
For instance, are you a police officer, firefighter, EMT or other first
responder? Then for you, LASIK success might mean being able to do your job
in tough conditions—like fires or arrests—without your eyeglasses
or contact lenses getting in the way.
Those in the military may define LASIK success as the ability to serve and
see in harsh environments. Or it might be the ability to do a job—like
flying a combat airplane—where having the best eyesight possible could
be a matter of life and death.
Maybe you’re an athlete who needs the precision of LASIK to spot the
spin on a baseball or tennis ball. Or a photographer or artist who needs to
see clearly. Or you’re an active, outdoor person who wants the freedom
of being able to hike or climb or run or swim or surf without worrying about
losing your glasses, or having problems with your contacts because of sand,
dirt, water, grit or glare.
Or maybe you’re just an average person who wants to have great
eyesight and not have to deal with the hassle of cleaning your contacts or
groping on the nightstand for your glasses at night.
The question you should ask yourself is “How do I see myself
benefiting from LASIK? What’s my definition of success with LASIK?”
And the answer, of course, depends on what you want LASIK to do for you.
Ask yourself what you hope to get out of LASIK. Why does great eyesight
matter to you? And how are your glasses or contacts getting in your way? How
do they keep you from living life the way you want?
Then sit down with a LASIK surgeon, talk about your goals, and find out
whether you’re a good candidate for laser vision correction surgery.
You’ll be well on the way to your own LASIK success.
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