The Success of LASIK
LASIK is the safest, most successful, and most widely studied elective procedure in the world with the highest patient satisfaction rate of any elective procedure available in modern medicine.
If you have spent your life wearing contacts or eyeglasses, you’ve probably considered LASIK and have been actively researching the entire process. In your research, you have presumably discovered online articles and posts on social media warning of possible LASIK complications and sensationalizing possible drawbacks, unsubstantiated statistics, and side effects. Enough misinformation to make anyone considering treatment to reevaluate and accept a lifetime of eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Often without ever consulting with a professional ophthalmologist.
If they had, they would have accumulated a wealth of knowledge that would have, without doubt, enabled them to make a confident and informed decision in regards to exploring a LASIK procedure further.
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LASIK Success & Satisfaction
To date, there have been literally thousands of peer-reviewed clinical studies focused on patient satisfaction and visual acuity in regards to LASIK surgery. LASIK has come a long way since its original approval by the FDA in 1999. According to further studies performed by the FDA, LASIK has achieved high success and satisfaction rates and recent reviews of the world literature found that:
- Over 90% of patients achieve 20/20 vision or better
- Over 99% of patients achieve 20/40 vision or better
- Patient satisfaction rate was 95%
- Overall prevalence of visual symptoms including ghosting, glare, halos, & starbursts did not increase in patients undergoing LASIK procedures
LASIK procedures have been in practice for nearly 20 years and in the U.S. have been performed over 19 million times. Statically, you are 5 times less likely to lose significant vision with LASIK compared to a lifetime of contact lens wear. LASIK holds the highest patient satisfaction rate of any other elective procedure and this simply would not be the case if it were anything but safe.
Candidacy & Qualified LASIK Surgeons
While the technology behind the LASIK procedure is extremely precise and accurate, the success of a procedure depends greatly on the surgeon performing it. When considering a LASIK procedure, it cannot be stressed enough to seek out a highly qualified refractive surgeon. An incredible amount of time and effort is required to become a skilled ophthalmologist in vision correction treatments. To earn the trust that is put in them to do what is best for you and your vision.
At Dougherty Laser Vision, diagnosing LASIK candidates and non-candidates is very important. Our doctors turn away or suggest a different procedure about 50% of the time. A good LASIK candidate has an extremely low risk of having a complication, especially when properly screened and treated with the correct equipment by a competent and experienced surgeon like Dr. Dougherty. We also perform 2 hours of preoperative testing on already approved candidates before surgery. Our doctors do everything they can to make sure patients are aware of the risks according to the individual. We utilize a 14-page consent form and educational videos to ensure our patients are aware of any risk, no matter how rare.
Trusted by LASIK Surgeons
Laser eye surgeons and ophthalmologists trust the procedure so much they elect to have LASIK performed on themselves. In fact, Dr. Dougherty happens to be one of the very first ophthalmologists in the world to have LASIK performed on their own eyes. More so, LASIK surgeons are 5 times more likely to have the procedure performed on themselves than the general public and over 90% of surgeons have recommended or performed the surgery on an immediate family member.
Referring patients to a surgeon who has undergone the exact procedure he performs is among the highest level of confidence one can provide to a patient undergoing the surgery.
Exceptional Professionals Demand Exceptional LASIK
Laser eye surgery has been used broadly for years within the general public and technological advancements have made the procedure highly qualified for the extraordinarily lofty demands of high-level positions within the U.S. military, law enforcement agencies, and professional athletics. The computer controlled lasers utilized in LASIK are so precise and reliable that they even meet the high standards required for NASA astronauts to ensure the necessary visual acuity to perform their duties. To have this type of vision corrective surgery approved by NASA is no small feat as their requirements go far beyond what is required in everyday life.
Top Tier LASIK from Best in Class Surgeons
Whether you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, our highly trained and experienced doctors at DLV Vision can correct your sight with precision and effectiveness. Dr. Paul Dougherty is one of the most widely respected Refractive Surgeons Internationally and will provide you with exceptional treatment. To learn more about LASIK and if you may be a candidate, call or contact us online today. A good decision is an educated decision.