Laser eye surgery is one of several modern approaches to corrective surgery that when performed correctly, has around a 95% success rate. LASIK eye surgery has become the most popular type of corrective eye surgery not only because the procedure is painless and brings about immediate results, but it has also been proven to provide many other benefits. The following are some of the reasons why many patients and doctors alike choose LASIK surgery over other types of procedures:
Immediately after the procedure, many patients say that their vision has noticeably improved. Doctors advise their patients not to fall back into their daily routine right away in order to promote faster healing, however, patients are able to drive within 24 hours after the procedure. Additionally, patients can discontinue wearing their contacts or eyeglasses, but must still wear protective glasses or goggles to make sure that dirt and debris don’t get into their eyes.
No More Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses
Eyeglasses and contact lenses can often be bothersome especially when playing sports or swimming, and can be expensive sometimes. Some people have worn glasses or contact lenses their entire lives, so the freedom from these accessories is something LASIK eye surgery patients want.
Reduced Allergy Symptoms
This benefit is related to discontinuing the use of glasses and contacts. After surgery, those who used to wear glasses claim to have less sinus pain and fewer headaches. Similarly, people who used to wear contacts claim that they experience less eye redness and irritation by not using the lenses anymore.
Improved Peripheral Vision
Peripheral vision is one aspect that also improves when a patient undergoes LASIK surgery. When wearing glasses, only the sight straight ahead becomes clear while the sides remain blurry unless the person turns to his side to see better. Without the need for glasses, one’s straight-ahead vision and peripheral vision both improve.
Better Nighttime Vision
Many experience having better vision at night, perhaps due to the fact that they no longer have to wear glasses so light doesn’t bounce off the lenses. Those who wear contacts all day often experience end-of-day dryness that causes their nighttime vision to be hazy.
Additional Lines of Sight
Patients who used to have high levels of astigmatism or myopia are reported to have experienced additional lines of sight after surgery, as they won’t have to use eyeglasses that partially correct vision and contacts that move out of place with every blink.
Before setting your sights on LASIK surgery, make sure to consult with your eye doctor first, as LASIK might not be the best option for you. Your doctor needs to determine if you are qualified to become a candidate for this procedure by looking into your eye health and general health.