If you’re tired of wearing contacts or glasses every day, you may be considering LASIK. Whether you have an active lifestyle and glasses get in the way, or you’re simply ready to stop reaching for your contact lenses each morning, you’re not alone: LASIK is the most common vision correction procedure, and for good reason.
Still on the fence about whether it’s right for you? Here are some pros and cons to consider.
Pro: It’s highly effective.
According to a study on LASIK outcomes, an overwhelming majority of people who received the procedure —99.5%— had 20/40 vision or better afterwards. This means LASIK could effectively eliminate your need for contacts or glasses altogether, simplifying your daily routine and opening up a world of lens-free possibilities.
Con: Not everyone is eligible.
While we wish we could recommend LASIK for everyone, there are some patient populations who may not qualify. For example, in the past, the FDA has warned against performing the procedure on people with diabetes, but more recent recommendations indicate it may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. People with thin corneas may also be ineligible for LASIK, but there are alternative options for laser eye surgery.
Pro: Results and recovery are quick.
LASIK requires minimal downtime, and most patients are able to resume normal activities within three days. Patients also begin noticing clearer vision within several hours, with the most noticeable results taking place the next day.
Con: Future vision changes could occur.
LASIK delivers lasting results. The cornea is reshaped during the procedure, and it stays that way for life. People with a higher refractive error prior to surgery, however, are more likely to experience a decrease in vision quality over time (also known as myopic regression). In such cases, an enhancement can be performed to address any issues. Age-related factors can also cause gradual, but normal, changes in your eye over time. Cataracts are one example of such changes.
Pro: It’s a smart investment.
“While LASIK may require more of an upfront investment than glasses or contact lenses,” acknowledges Dr. Evan Loft, “it could be the more cost-effective option in the long run.” Switching out contact lenses as directed increases expenses over time, as does replacing eyeglasses when your pair is misplaced, or your prescription or style choices change. With the potential to last a lifetime, LASIK has the greatest potential for long-term value. Sunglasses and reading glasses (usually needed after age 45-50yo) can be purchased over the counter.
Con: You may experience temporary side effects.
Some patients report burning and itching shortly after the procedure. It may feel as if there’s something in your eye, and you may also experience watery eyes. Even if they’re irritated though, you’ll want to avoid rubbing your eyes, as doing so could dislodge the flap created during the surgery and require further treatment. Other side effects include hazy or blurred vision, glare, difficulty with night vision, and increased light sensitivity. These side effects are temporary, however, and will clear up within a few days.
Schedule a LASIK Appointment With Eye Consultants of Atlanta Today
If you’re considering LASIK, allow our eye surgeons to help you make the final call. We’ll discuss your candidacy for the procedure and cover what to expect so you can come to a clear decision. Request an appointment online or by calling 404-351-2220.