LASIK: How Good Is This Treatment?

LASIK eye surgery is more like corrective lenses. However, it’s not suited for everyone. Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates advises that you should weigh your options first before considering this treatment.

If you are tired of using contact lenses, it’s common to wonder if LASIK surgery is a good treatment option to consider. Basically, LASIK is a form of refractive eye surgery. Most people with LASIK experience 20/25 or better vision, which is good for performing most activities. However, eventually, you will still need contact glasses for reading as you get older.

LASIK has a good track record with rare complications. This makes most people happy with the results. However, you can experience certain side effects such as visual disturbances, and dry eyes. These side effects clear up in a few weeks or months, which is why most people regard LASIK as a viable solution.

The results you experience are dependent on your refractive error. People experiencing mild nearsightedness have the most success.

What Does LASIK Surgery Involve?

LASIK is the most commonly performed eye surgery and it’s a type of laser treatment for an eye condition. The eye specialist first assesses the measurements of your eye. The surgeon users laser treatment to reshape your cornea to give you the needed refraction and vision correction.

The surgeon can create a flap in your cornea to raise it up before reshaping it. There are variations to the treatment such as photorefractive keratectomy, laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy, epithelial laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, implant lenses, and optics.

The treatment is good and people experience mild refractive errors with no vision problems. Expect the eye surgeon to ask you more detailed questions regarding your eye health as they evaluate possible conditions that may cause complications in the outcome of the procedure. Such conditions include eye injuries, keratitis, eye disease causing progressive vision deterioration, large pupils, cataracts, and glaucoma.

You should rethink LASIK surgery if:

  • You possess severe nearsightedness or high refractive error
  • Have age-related eye issues or presbyopia
  • Actively take part in a contact sport
  • Have fairly good vision

Advantages of LASIK Eye Surgery

Below are some of the advantages of LASIK surgery you stand to enjoy.

Safe and Quick

The surgery is part of an outpatient procedure and takes roughly 20 minutes. You remain awake and can be administered Valium to calm your nerves. The laser shuts off your eye for your peace of mind and protection. This limits sudden movements that can cause injury or error.

Quick Results

You gain a clear sight after a few hours. Your sight improves early the following day. In fact, you can resume normal activities in 48 hours or less.

Life Without Contact Glasses or Lenses

The prospect of living a life without using contact lenses or glasses is very high. It means you can enjoy performing basic activities that were initially hindered because of poor vision.

Enjoy Improved Vision

Recipients of the LASIK procedure regain 20/20 vision and you function without using contact lenses or glasses.


LASIK is a good procedure if you are eligible. Eligibility is determined by an eye exam by the optometrist or eye surgeon. Weigh your options well before picking this procedure. Consult your eye specialist to learn more about your suitability for this treatment.