What are the advantages of LASIK?
LASIK has many benefits, including:
- It works. It corrects refractive error. About 95% of patients are satisfied with the outcome of LASIK (based on a government-sponsored, patient-reported outcomes study).
- LASIK surgery is associated with very little pain.
- Vision is corrected nearly immediately or by the next day after LASIK.
- Recovery is quick. Usually, no bandages or stitches are needed after LASIK.
- Adjustments can be made years after LASIK to correct vision even further.
- After having LASIK, most patients no longer need corrective eyewear (glasses, contacts, etc.).
What are the disadvantages of LASIK?
- Changes that are made to the cornea cannot be reversed after LASIK.
- LASIK is generally not covered by insurance plans, and is paid for by the patient.
- LASIK eye surgery is technically complex. Problems can occur when the doctor creates the flap, which can permanently affect vision. The use of femtosecond lasers has reduced this risk.
- Rarely, complications related to LASIK laser eye surgery can cause a reduction in the best vision achievable with or without glasses.