LASIK Eye Surgery
Is LASIK Safe?
We’re asked every day by patients, especially ones who may be a little nervous, is LASIK eye surgery safe? The answer, of course, is yes, but it’s natural to have some anxiety when making a big decision involving surgery of any kind.
At Elite LASIK & Cataract, we find it productive to address some of the more specific concerns you might have when you’re thinking about moving forward with LASIK and provide you with some reference points to help you understand what to expect when you opt in for life-changing vision correction.
LASIK is One of the Industry’s Safest Procedures
Though LASIK was approved by the FDA in 1998, advances in the field over that time span have taken an already-safe procedure and made it even safer for patients. The type of modern laser technology that we use at Elite LASIK & Cataract has been shown to significantly reduce unwanted side effects from LASIK. They’re even designed to shut off if they detect eye movement that could cause an error. Your eye surgeon will be able to explain to you how the procedure will work so you can feel comfortable and know what to expect.
At Elite LASIK & Cataract, our staff has a great deal of experience to lean on, including well over 25,000 surgical procedures between them combined — a figure that’s only going to grow as time goes on. You can feel confident in our expertise when you come in for LASIK.
LASIK is Safer Than Wearing Contact Lenses
Reducing reliance on corrective eyewear is one of the top reasons people choose to look into LASIK in the first place. And while millions of people safely rely on contact lenses for their vision correction, LASIK is ultimately the safer option.
Essentially, while no surgery is without risks, the risk of any infection or injury with LASIK is extremely, extremely low. But when you put in and remove contact lenses every single day, the risk of long-term eye conditions or infections is significantly higher — around 1 in 2000 contact lens wearers may develop an eye infection serious enough to cause permanent vision loss, while that number for LASIK patients is around 1 in 10,000.
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Not Only is LASIK Safe, It’s Painless
People can be very cautious when it comes to procedures around their eyes, and that’s completely understandable. However, LASIK is a quick and safe outpatient procedure. You’ll receive a local anesthetic to prevent any sensations during the surgery. Perhaps the best news is that average LASIK surgery lasts around 10 minutes per eye.
You’ll be able to go home the same day, and many people report having improved, clear vision within 24-48 hours of their procedure. Your doctor may have further recovery instructions, such as wearing an eye shield overnight or using eye drops.
Schedule a Consultation with Elite LASIK & Cataract
The best way to find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK and get your questions answered is to schedule a consultation one of our eye surgery specialists. At Elite LASIK & Cataract, we’ve used LASIK to transform the lives of countless patients and can help you fully understand how LASIK can benefit you. Give us a call today at (317) 202-0669 or schedule an appointment online.