Los Angeles LASIK surgeons have helped many patients realize their vision goals, even when it seemed impossible. For people with very severe prescriptions and dependence on corrective lenses, there is hope! Many LASIK patients have achieved 20/20 vision or better with the procedure. So, before you assume that your prescription is unfixable by laser eye surgery, you need to first understand the advancements that LASIK has undergone over the years and how eligible candidates are now chosen for the procedure.
LASIK entered the ophthalmology field in the ’90s and, since then, has become the number one refractive surgery in the United States. With more precise technology, LASIK surgeons in Los Angeles can treat a broader range of prescriptions and vision problems. The American Refractive Surgery Council finds that LASIK has generated a 96% satisfaction rate among patients, which beats all other elective procedures.
One of the misconceptions that people have about LASIK is that it is only good for nearsighted patients. While this may have been true when it gained FDA approval in 1995, the procedure has gone through many advancements since then. Now, LASIK eye surgery is used for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.
Another common assumption that people make about LASIK eye surgery is that their prescription is too strong or too complicated to be treated. The simple fact is that you will never know until you ask. The best way to find out if your vision can be corrected through laser eye surgery is to visit a LASIK eye center in Los Angeles and get a consultation from a professional. Once you receive a full eye examination, your LASIK surgeon will have a better idea of whether or not you would benefit from the procedure.
While there are some cases in which someone may not be eligible for LASIK, it will not necessarily be because of their prescription. LASIK can treat a wide array of challenging vision problems; however, there are other factors to consider for the surgery. General health, family health history, cornea width, and pupil size are all elements that determine whether or not LASIK surgery can be performed effectively. In many cases where someone is not a proper LASIK candidate, they may qualify for another procedure that is more suited to their needs. PRK or SMILE are some of the laser vision correction alternatives that your LASIK clinic may offer.
All that being said, LASIK is an extremely valuable vision correction alternative that has changed the lives of many who thought that they would never be free of their glasses or contacts. We have the testimonials to prove it! In the video below, our Harvard-trained LASIK surgeon Dr. Moosa describes the life-changing results of LASIK for one patient with a particularly severe prescription.
Visit the Excel Laser Vision Institute to learn how you can achieve your vision goals with the help of our trained staff, state-of-the-art machines, and dedicated laser eye surgeon. With improved precision technology and increased customizability, LASIK has become better than ever.