Who Should Consider LASIK Surgery?

The thought of undergoing eye surgery might make some squeamish, but the reality is procedures meant to correct vision can be worth every second of angst a skittish person might face. With surgical procedures like LASIK eye surgery producing tremendous results with very few complication risks, it’s almost foolish nowadays not to consider the option if near or farsightedness are concerns.

LASIK involves the surgical reshaping of the cornea to correct focusing abilities. All told, the procedure only takes a few minutes to perform and can result in 20/20 vision or close to it. Most patients discover that there is no real pain involved in the procedure or the recovery period. In fact, most people are able to return to normal activities almost immediately following LASIK.

So, who should consider LASIK?

LASIK surgery is ideal for anyone who wears glasses or contacts to correct issues with vision such as near or farsightedness. The procedure can also be beneficial for those who have trouble wearing contacts due to dry eye problems or allergies. Those with an active lifestyle tend to find this procedure especially beneficial since it enables them to leave glasses and contacts behind in most cases. In truth, anyone who meets certain medical criteria is likely to find LASIK is a great choice for reducing or eliminating dependence on glasses or contacts.

There are a number of ideal candidates for LASIK surgery. The general rule of thumb is that the procedure is best for people age 21 or older who are in overall good health. It’s best if a candidate has had relatively stable vision over the past year.

While doctors cannot guarantee results, it is estimated that a whopping 98 percent of patients enjoy 20/40 vision or better once this surgery is performed. For many, this is a tremendous improvement over the vision they now enjoy.

To find out more about LASIK and its potential benefits, be sure to contact your eye doctor. He or she will be able to help you explore the possibilities and determine if you are a good candidate for this permanent vision correction surgery.


The Eye Center is the leading refractive practice in South Carolina, providing full service eye care and specializing in Refractive Surgery – Epi-LASIK, Thin Flap LASIK, AST, PRK CK, PRELEX, as well as Corneal Transplant and Cataract Surgery.

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