Get clarity on LASIK from a Wayne Health provider
December 15, 2021
LASIK is one of the most popular elective procedures in the US, with approximately 800,000 people choosing to undergo the procedure every year. There are many examples of how LASIK has improved their lives, from not needing to hunt for your glasses in the morning to not dealing with your glasses fogging up from your mask, but the main question anyone considering LASIK or any other refractive surgery wants to know is usually “is LASIK surgery safe?”
With how often LASIK has been performed over the past 25 years, the answer of course is a resounding yes! LASIK is still surgery, and no procedure is risk free, but LASIK remains one of the safest methods available for helping people see.
Over the long run, studies have suggested that LASIK may even be safer than use of contact lenses. A recent review by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center found that while the risk of infection was very similar between contacts and LASIK after 1 year of either, after 5 years contact lens wearers were 3 times as likely to suffer an eye infection.
Our military branches have also embraced the benefits of LASIK for its ability to help our troops while minimizing risk compared to glasses and contacts. The Air Force has decided that LASIK is a safe and effective method for our fighter pilots to obtain the amazing vision they need, and that the surgery is safe and robust enough to withstand the stresses of high-speed flight.
Like with any surgery, there are risks that should be discussed with your surgeon. Conditions like keratoconus, autoimmune disease, and dry eye may prevent you from being a good candidate, and a thorough personalized discussion about your individual risks is the best way to decide if LASIK is right for you.