LASIK has been around for more than 20 years. That means two decades of TV news coverage, reality shows, radio ads and billboards proclaiming the benefits of seeing clearly without relying on glasses or contacts thanks to laser vision correction. At this point, you have to wonder: Hasn’t everyone heard about LASIK? Do they know the facts about LASIK?
Probably. But it begs the question:
And that’s okay. Because if you are seriously considering a laser vision correction procedure, you should get more information than what facts about LASIK are provided in an ad or a one-minute news segment.
Perhaps as many as 15 – 20 percent of the people who come into Discover Vision Centers wanting LASIK are ineligible for the procedure. For some, it is just about their eyes. Their prescription isn’t stable, they have thin or irregular corneas or perhaps there is scarring from a previous injury or infection. There are also medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, as well as certain medications, that can interfere with healing from a procedure like LASIK. There are also circumstances when a patient demands more from LASIK than it can realistically deliver.
So, what do you need to do to become an informed patient?
LASIK is a procedure you choose to have to correct your vision. It isn’t a medical necessity. Right now, in all likelihood, you are relying on glasses or contacts to do the job. However, those corrective lenses come with some significant compromises in terms of quality of vision and lifestyle, which is why laser vision correction makes for a very attractive option. But it is a surgical procedure and, as such, it deserves your time and attention to get the facts about LASIK and ensure it is right for you and your vision.