If you’re thinking that LASIK eye surgery is tired, old technology, it’s time to re-examine the process. This laser-assisted vision correction surgery, first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1998, has developed, refined, and advanced in the meantime. While other, similar procedures have come online since, LASIK is still one of the leading choices for permanent vision correction and with good reason. Today, we look at five reasons why you may still wish to choose LASIK for your vision correction surgery.
Safe and dependable
If you’re currently using contact lenses for vision correction, you’re at greater risk of eye problems than through LASIK. Contact lenses have a fairly high risk of infection at some point in a wearer’s life. The LASIK procedure is proven safe, too. With over 19 million surgeries since FDA approval, LASIK maintains a 96% patient satisfaction rate, one of the highest for elective procedures. The clinical research behind LASIK is vast.
More than 7,000 peer-reviewed studies support the safety and success of LASIK surgery. Fewer than one percent of procedures experience complications, and most of these are temporary. The huge volume of clinical experience makes LASIK a routine procedure from a surgical standpoint, and though all surgery carries risk, the LASIK process has an extremely high safety margin.
Yes, for many fields, 20-year-old technology may seem ancient, but the science behind LASIK’s eye tracking system remains cutting-edge, originally developed by NASA for automatic docking procedures on board the space shuttle. The guidance system for LASIK’s excimer laser is incredibly precise. Light pulses are short, one-quadrillionth of a second, guided by computer, and far more accurate than any reshaping that can be done by the human hand, no matter how skilled the surgeon.
Nor has LASIK been static technology over its 20-year lifespan. As laser and computer technology advance, so does LASIK. Measuring systems are even more exacting and accurate than ever before, mapping 1,200 points of data as a basis for calculations. Your LASIK specialist at Paragon Eye Associates, each of whom is a veteran of many LASIK surgeries, oversees these processes.
Unlike other types of surgery, the incisions needed for LASIK procedures heal incredibly fast. The surgery takes between 15 minutes and an hour, depending on the extent of the vision correction you need. You’ll likely notice improvements in your eyesight later in the day of your surgery. There’s no pain, and your vision continues to improve over the next few days.
Freedom and convenience
Gone are the days of losing your glasses or going through the process of placing and removing contacts. If you live an active lifestyle, it gets that much easier without worrying about glasses slipping or fogging. You’re ready to go at a moment’s notice, no need to pack your contacts and cleaning paraphernalia. Have eyes, will travel.
A vision investment
LASIK surgery is a one-time investment in your eyesight and your future. No more eyeglass prescriptions, choosing frames that suit your face, or ordering contacts and supplies. In the long run, LASIK pays for itself with these cost savings alone. LASIK surgery qualifies if you have a flexible spending account (FSA), so your financial planning pays off.
The biggest lament most LASIK patients have is not choosing it sooner. Don’t delay. Contact Paragon Eye Associates today to arrange a consultation.