You’ve been told you’re a candidate for LASIK eye surgery. You’ve even been told that it can be performed as soon as next month. But, is the decision to go forward with surgery as simple as saying, “Yes!” and scheduling the date and time? Every surgery has pros and cons. Read up on some of the pros and cons of LASIK and laser eye surgery so you can make an informed decision and decide what’s best for you.
One of the major selling points of LASIK eye surgery is that you may no longer need your glasses once surgery is complete. That means no more searching your home when you forgot where you set your glasses down. No more forgetting them as you head out the door. No more glasses in family photos. You may finally be able to say goodbye to your glasses.
Quick and Safe Procedure
On average, it takes about 20 minutes to complete LASIK eye surgery on both eyes, and most patients are awake while the surgery is being performed. Additionally, most patients report better vision within a few hours, and most everyday activities can be resumed within 48 hours.
No More Paying for Eyeglasses and Contacts
If you wear glasses or contacts, you spend time and money having your vision checked and paying for new glasses or contacts due to your changing prescription. LASIK eye surgery can save you money if you say goodbye to glasses and contacts after the surgery.
It’s Not for Everyone
As you age, your eyes change, and your doctor may tell you that you have presbyopia which is the eyes’ inability to focus on nearby objects. Presbyopia develops gradually and is often seen in people over the age of 40. It is often jokingly referred to as “Too Many Birthdays Syndrome.” Unfortunately, presbyopia changes the stiffness of the eye’s lens and traditional LASIK surgery may not improve your vision. Your doctor may be able to perform Multifocal LASIK, an advanced LASIK eye surgery to help you.
Risks Do Exist
As with any surgery, there are risks to LASIK eye surgery. Patients often complain of dry eye after LASIK surgery. Additionally, some patients have experienced nighttime glare or a halo effect around bright lights.
After a while, some patients experienced a regression in their eyesight. This may require the performing of LASIK eye surgery again to restore eyesight to its previous level.
When it comes to deciding to perform LASIK eye surgery, speak with your doctor about the pros and cons. Your doctor knows your health history and the condition of your eyes and can help you make an informed decision about this surgery.