Do ophthalmologists really think LASIK is safe and effective?

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The answer is a resounding yes!

In a survey of members of theInternational Society of Refractive Surgery, 40% of responding ophthalmologists had undergone LASIK or PRK, along with 34% of their spouses, 26% of their children, and at least 1 sibling in 72% of respondents.

An article from doctors at the Cleveland Clinic appeared in the current issue of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and evaluated satisfaction and quality of life in a population of physicians who underwent laser vision correction.

This group of 132 doctors had high visual demands and included 28% surgeons, 43% physicians who did procedures but not surgery, and 29% physicians who did not perform surgery. The overall satisfaction rate was 95.8%.

In terms of safety, large studies show that 97% of LASIK patients had the same or better vision without glasses as they did before LASIK surgery with glasses.

Over 16.3 million laser vision surgeries have been performed world-wide. Following a decade of clinical studies and technological innovation, LASIK is among the most successful elective surgical procedure with regard to both patient satisfaction and safety. This has led all branches of the military, including NASA, to adopt laser vision correction as a way to improve functioning and performance.

If you’ve been considering LASIK now is the perfect time. There have been some great advances including bladeless surgery and ICL lens implants, customized for patients too nearsighted for LASIK.

We offer a free consultation if you’d like to learn more.

 

Dr. Pepose