Did you know that LASIK surgery became FDA approved in the 1990s? Since then, millions of people have undergone this popular elective procedure.
Though it is a popular procedure, there's a lot of bad information out there about LASIK. If you're considering LASIK, keep reading to learn surprising facts about the procedure!
Don’t Worry: You’ll be Fine if You Move Your Eyes
With a laser procedure that is on your eyes, you may think that moving your eyes isn't allowed. False! Since its FDA approval, LASIK has made significant advancements in technology.
One of the most important is the ability to track eye movement during LASIK. This makes it possible to move your eyes during the procedure, worry free.
If you do move your eyes (it happens) the lasers will automatically stop. Another great thing about these advancements is a larger area of the eye can now be treated.
Since LASIK is a bladeless procedure, people with stronger prescriptions can get LASIK. This wasn't the case when getting LASIK meant using blades. The results with LASIK now? You’ll enjoy sharper vision, less glare at night, and less halos.
With state-of-the-art LASIK technology, you can rest assured that your eyes are in good hands. LASIK technology has origins with NASA, as well as being used in missile tracking.
Tracking your eyes during LASIK allows for a more accurate laser delivery. For patients, this means that the possibility for human error is almost eliminated.
LASIK Treats More Refractive Errors Than Ever Before
That fancy technology from NASA and missile tracking is a big deal when it comes to LASIK patients. With new technology, LASIK is something available to more candidates than ever before.
Part of this is because LASIK involves removing corneal tissue. For people with thinner corneas, LASIK used to be impossible.
Now, LASIK removes less corneal tissue, making it safe for some patients with thin corneas. This is not to say that LASIK is safe for all patients with thin corneas, as it varies for each patient.
Patients with more severe prescriptions or refractive errors also benefit. They are now more likely to be good LASIK candidates.
Can You See Clearly Now?
After LASIK, most patients end up with 20/20 vision or better. If you're a qualified LASIK candidate, you can say goodbye to glasses and contacts for good!
Not sure if LASIK is worth it? LASIK has an amazing 96% success rate with patients who have undergone it. If you have any worries or concerns about the procedure, talk to your eye doctor! They can answer all your questions and make sure you're ready for LASIK.
It’s Not Going To Hurt
It doesn't sound possible, but it's true! There's no pain during LASIK. Before your procedure, your LASIK surgeon applies numbing eye drops.
Once your eyes are ready, it's time for LASIK! The procedure only takes about 15 minutes per eye. There's no pain thanks to the drops, though you may feel slight pressure for a few seconds.
After LASIK, your sight may be a little blurry but it will clear up within a day or two while recovering.
Can't wait to find out if you could be a good LASIK candidate? Schedule a LASIK consultation at Omaha Eye & Laser Institute in Lincoln, NE today!