Is Laser Eye Surgery Worth It For You?

Author: Dale Smock

Is laser eye surgery worth it for you?

Many people with vision problems opt for treatments other than glasses or contact lenses. The former may be considered unflattering by some, while the latter can involve a number of potential pains in the neck stemming from necessary disinfection and storage tasks, not to mention their tendency to occasionally pop out of the eye.

As a result, you may be considering laser eye surgery, commonly known as Lasik. While this is a suitable option for many, a significant number of others may not enjoy the same benefits. You may want to consider a few basic facts, including all of the risks involved, before opting for the procedure.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved the surgery for those 18 years of age or older, when eyes are fully mature.

Additionally, your eyes should be relatively healthy before you commit to the procedure. If you have any infections of the eye, cataracts, retinal disease or corneal disorders, your eye surgeon may not recommend laser eye surgery to you, since this may increase the likelihood of suffering from various adverse side effects.

For many people who have received these surgical procedures from reputable refractive surgeons, laser eye surgery has turned out perfectly well. However, a number of complications can result from the process. Some include corneal infections, excessive or insufficient vision correction, a decrease in contrast sensitivity, hazy vision, dry eyes, sensitivity to light and assorted symptoms of pain and discomfort.

To settle the question of whether or not these side effects are probable in your case, consult your ophthalmologist as soon as possible. A thorough eye exam is required before the procedure in any case, so you will benefit from it whether you receive laser eyes surgery or not. 

Have you considered laser eye surgery, or are you happy using glasses or contacts?

In Brief

  • Many people with vision problems opt for treatments other than glasses or contact lenses.

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