The goal of refractive surgery is to reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses. With this goal in mind, you should think of LASIK as improving vision, not necessarily as achieving perfect vision.

    According to data presented to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), about 56 percent of all LASIK patients achieve results of 20/20 or better. More than 90 percent of LASIK patients experience 20/40 vision or better. Incidentally, in most regions 20/40 vision is good enough to drive without corrective eyewear.

    Even with these statistics, it is important to understand that results vary by individual case. Other considerations include:

    • Degree of refractive disorder. Patients with high degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism may be less likely to achieve 20/20 vision from LASIK.
    • Overall satisfaction. Definitive studies state that more than 95 percent of LASIK patients are satisfied with their vision results.
    • Improvement of uncorrected vision. The goal of LASIK is to improve how well you see without correctives lenses. The vast majority of patients have improved vision after LASIK, even though they may have to use glasses or contact lenses for some activities.

    After meeting with one of our ophthalmologists, we can better determine LASIK results likely to be achieved for your unique eyes.

    If you live in Kansas City, Missouri or the surrounding areas and would like to learn more about LASIK, please contact the experienced ophthalmologists at Silverstein Eye Centers to schedule a consultation.

    Posted February 22, 2012 by Silverstein Eye Centers
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