LASIK is one of the most common elective medical procedures in the world, with over 600,000 surgeries performed each year in the United States alone. The overwhelming majority of patients end up satisfied with their LASIK results, and FDA-reviewed research shows that when patients are well-informed, the benefits of the procedure considerably outweigh the risks.
However, at ICON Eyecare, we understand that you may have questions about the safety of LASIK. That’s normal! Here’s what you need to know about the advantages and drawbacks of the procedure.
What Are the Risks of LASIK?
As with any medical procedure, there are risks associated with LASIK. A small number of patients experience after-effects, the most common being dry eyes. Nighttime glare has also been reported by small percentages of patients, but these symptoms are typically minor and resolve over time. In general, the FDA considers the surgery to be safe and effective. Under the care and supervision of an experienced eye doctor — like the Ophthalmic Surgeons at ICON Eyecare
LASIK patients can expect long-lasting improvements to their vision. During your FREE consultation, your doctor will explain all of the potential risks of LASIK to ensure that you feel comfortable with the procedure and your outcome. Ask as many questions as you like – they are happy to answer them!
The ICON Evaluation Process
Before undergoing LASIK, patients should be sure to share their medical history with our clinical team and doctors, as some pre-existing conditions can affect the outcome of the surgery. It’s also important to understand what to expect before and after the procedure in order to establish realistic expectations. Our team will ensure that you have all the necessary information and that your questions are answered during your free consultation.
The following risk factors can increase your chance of LASIK complications:
- Changes in your glasses or contact lens prescription during the past year
- A history of eye disease or eye injury
- Thin corneas
- Medications that inhibit healing, such as corticosteroids
- Chronic diseases like diabetes
When determining if you are a good candidate for LASIK, your eye doctor will evaluate these risk factors and help decide if the procedure is right for you. Read on to learn more about what happens during your FREE consultation at ICON Eyecare.
LASIK at ICON Eyecare
During your free LASIK consultation, ICON Eyecare’s experienced team of professionals will perform extensive testing to confirm that you are a good candidate for surgery. To ensure we have a complete picture of your eyes prior to your LASIK procedure, our team will use an advanced corneal topography system to measure your corneal curvature and thickness. We can also provide high-resolution digital photos of your retina.
These evaluations ensure that only properly qualified patients undergo LASIK surgery — and that those who do are able to take full advantage of the procedure’s vision-enhancing benefits.
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Cutting-Edge Technology for Optimal Results
Our patients’ comfort and safety are priority #1 at ICON Eyecare. LASIK procedures started being performed in the U.S. over 25 years ago, but the technology has advanced so much since then! “Back in the day,” LASIK surgeons used a blade to create a flap in the cornea, but now, technology has come so far that our surgeons use only lasers with computer-guided assistance to perform blade-free LASIK. This means that the procedure is not only more comfortable, but it is more reliable and consistent than ever before.
ICON Eyecare makes a point of investing in safe, cutting-edge technologies like the new Wavelight Contoura system, in order to provide our patients with best-in-class treatment options and outcomes. A topography-guided LASIK treatment, Contura enables surgeons to perform more personalized procedures based on the unique layout of each eye. This technology is also exceptionally fast — usually taking less than 15 minutes to complete the entire procedure — allowing for a more comfortable and convenient LASIK experience.
Are you ready to embrace your freedom from glasses and contacts? Have more questions? Call our ICON Eyecare team today at 720-307-4794 to schedule your FREE LASIK consultation.
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