If you’re tired of wearing contact lenses and glasses, you may have considered a vision correction procedure. LASIK is the most popular of these procedures.
That’s why it should come as no shock that it’s one of the most popular elective procedures you can undergo! With such high success rates, it’s no wonder.
Most LASIK patients end up with incredible vision, eliminating the need for contact lenses and glasses. LASIK is an excellent choice for almost anyone who wants 20/20 vision (or better).
Keep reading to find out why LASIK can make it possible if you want to achieve 20/20 vision for yourself!
How Does LASIK Work?
LASIK is a laser refractive procedure that reshapes your eyes to correct refractive errors and improve your vision. Refractive errors include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
They are caused by irregularities in the shape of the cornea, the clear, frontmost part of the eye. Light is meant to refract when it passes through your cornea.
It bends so the focal point of the light hits your retina. When you have irregularities in the cornea, light cannot bend correctly.
Because of this, you’ll experience blurry vision at certain distances and, in the case of astigmatism, at all distances. LASIK corrects these refractive errors by changing the shape of the cornea itself.
It permanently changes the shape of your cornea by creating a flap with a femtosecond laser. The top of the cornea is separated from the rest of the cornea by all but a hinge of tissue.
Your LASIK surgeon will then lift the flap to access the tissue. Under the flap, they will use an excimer laser to reshape and remove a precise amount of corneal tissue, correcting the overall shape of the cornea.
Afterward, they will replace the flap. The flap acts as a bandage and aids in healing to make you more comfortable. The corneal flap makes healing from LASIK easy, ensuring a faster recovery from LASIK.
You’ll also start seeing almost immediate visual improvement after LASIK, though this may vary depending on the patient. Your vision will continue to improve as your eyes heal until you reach the peak results, allowing you to see more clearly than ever before.
The results of LASIK speak for themselves, helping you feel like the best version of yourself! Why wouldn’t you want to choose to change your life with a fantastic procedure like LASIK?
Once healing is done, most patients end up with 20/20 vision or better. Most patients aren’t an understatement because it’s about 96% of patients!
Although LASIK does not guarantee improved vision, there are good odds that it will, with many patients ending up with better than 20/20 vision! What exactly does that mean?
Well, 20/20 vision means you can see an object that’s 20 feet away without the need for visual aids. If you have vision better than 20/20, you can see objects 20 feet away unassisted and do not need visual aids. People without refractive errors have 20/20 vision or better.
For example, if you have 20/15 vision (which many LASIK patients achieve!), you can see an object that’s 20 feet away with the same clarity as people with “normal” have at only 15 feet. Your vision is so clear it’s almost like having a superpower!
Part of LASIK’s success comes from the fact that you must be a candidate for the procedure to have it.
If you’re not a good candidate, your LASIK surgeon will recommend another vision correction procedure like PRK.
Better Vision Than Ever Before
Whether you achieve 20/20 vision or better than 20/20 vision after having LASIK, you can look forward to better vision. LASIK corrects your vision beyond your original prescription.
Doing this ensures that you’ll see better than you could when you wore contact lenses or glasses. That’s because LASIK corrects your vision beyond your prescription, correcting your exact refractive error.
Without glasses and contacts getting in the way, you’ll be able to see with a wider visual field and better depth perception. LASIK patients often report that colors seem brighter after having LASIK, too!
You’ll be able to see the world with exceptional clarity, and everything will look more vivid. LASIK makes sense whether you’re an artist or love the idea of the world being brighter and more vibrant.
Although you may have heard otherwise, LASIK is a permanent procedure. It won’t wear off and permanently changes and improves your vision.
LASIK is permanent because it reshapes your cornea to correct refractive errors. However, you must have stable vision before you can have it.
Getting LASIK means you can look forward to results for decades to come. Although LASIK is permanent, it can’t prevent the development of age-related eye conditions like presbyopia and cataracts.
This is because LASIK only involves reshaping the cornea. It does not touch the natural lens. However, getting LASIK also doesn’t stand in the way of treating these eye conditions if you develop them.
If you’re considering LASIK, it’s best to undergo the procedure in your twenties or thirties to get the most out of the procedure.
Who is a Good Candidate for LASIK?
If you have refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, you may be a good candidate for LASIK. However, you must be at least 18 to undergo the procedure.
You must also have a stable prescription that’s remained unchanged for a year or more, be healthy, and not be pregnant or nursing. Suitable LASIK candidates must also have thick enough corneas to undergo the procedure, which you can only determine during your LASIK consultation.
Are you ready to find out if you could be a good candidate for LASIK? Learn more by requesting your LASIK consultation at Sugiki Portis Yim Eye Center in Honolulu, HI, now! Why not take a chance on a better vision and change your life?