Laser eye surgery is one of the most popular, elective vision correction surgery procedures performed in the United States. It is estimated that over 10 million people have received laser eye surgery since it was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999.
While there are different types of laser eye surgery procedures, laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is the most commonly utilized to correct the vision of people who are nearsighted, farsighted or diagnosed with astigmatism. LASIK surgery involves the use of a laser to reshape the tissue underneath the cornea, allowing it to focus light properly and improve vision.
Other types of laser eye procedures include photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) eye surgery- best for those with mild or moderate vision problems and laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK)-a good option for those with thin corneas or at an increased risk for eye injuries.
LASIK remains the most commonly performed procedure due to its efficiency and the potential benefits patients could receive. These benefits may include:
- Shorter recovery times
- Improved vision
- Long-lasting results
- Eliminating or minimizing the need for contacts or glasses.
Along with the benefits, there are certain complications patients should consider before opting for surgery. Although rare, complications can include:
- Dry eyes
- Glares, halos or double vision
- Dry eyes
- Flap problems
- Overcorrection, undercorrection or regression of vision
Choosing an experienced doctor can minimize the risk of complications. According to the FDA, if you are considering surgery; you should compare doctors (choose surgeons who have performed several procedures and meet industry standards). Do not base your decision simply on cost, and be wary of eye centers that guarantee 20/20 vision.
To speak with an eye doctor at Jamaica Hospital about laser surgery, please call 718 206-5900.