Vision After LASIK

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Question: Will my vision after LASIK surgery be perfect?

Will I be able to see clearly, without wearing eyeglasses, after I have LASIK? How much better will my vision be after I have LASIK?

Answer: The quality of your vision after LASIK eye surgery will depend on a number of factors. It is impossible to predict the outcome of your lasik experience, as every patient's eyes are unique. Your resulting vision will depend on several factors, including what your vision was like to begin with.

What Is LASIK?

LASIK vision correction is a common type of laser surgery performed by ophthalmologists to correct vision problems, including myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Standing for laser in-situ keratomileusis, LASIK vision correction involves the use of a laser to permanently change the shape of the cornea. During a LASIK vision correction procedure, an ophthalmologist creates a thin flap on the eye, folding it to enable remodeling of the tissue underneath with the laser. Your vision will most likely improve gradually over the first year after having LASIK, but your final corrected vision may not be known for several months. To ensure the best possible results, it is important to attend all of your post-operative evaluations.

Your Vision Immediately Following LASIK

Many patients report great vision immediately following a LASIK procedure. Some people, especially those with large corrections, may immediately be able to read a clock on the wall, something they may have never been able to do.

Patients with smaller corrections may not notice results as dramatic. Also, it is normal to have some swelling of the cornea after the procedure, so true results may not be noticed for some time. 

Your Vision Over Time

Over time, LASIK will almost certainly reduce your dependence on glasses and contact lenses.

However, results are never guaranteed. There is a chance that you will be able to achieve perfect vision without glasses, but there is also a chance that you won't. Fortunately, is very common to demonstrate excellent vision during follow-up examinations after having a LASIK procedure and discontinue the use of glasses or contacts. As long as you have well defined goals and understand that LASIK is designed to lessen the dependence on glasses and not deliver superior vision in every aspect of your life, then your result will most likely be even better than expected.

What You Should Know

Like most surgeries, what your vision is like before having LASIK will help to determine what your vision will be like afterwards. Your current state of health as well as the condition of your eyes and vision will all affect your final results after LASIK. As long as you enter into the procedure with less than perfect expectations, chances are you will be extremely happy with your results. Keep in mind, however, that the skill and experience levels of your chosen surgeon surgeon will be major factors of your final outcome.

Be thorough in your research for choosing a LASIK surgeon. 

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