When you undergo laser vision correction, you expect to have 20/20 vision or better. However, it is important to remember that your LASIK surgery will produce individual results that may not meet your exact expectations. Kernersville custom LASIK surgeon Dr. Khemsara takes every care to ensure optimal results, but it is important that you have realistic expectations prior to committing to this procedure.
A Look at LASIK Statistics
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) compiles LASIK statistics to determine what can reasonably be expected of this procedure. In its 2009 report “Eye Health Statistics at a Glance,” the AAO found that around 700,000 people undergo LASIK every year. Of these, upwards of 95 percent experience vision correction of 20/20 or better, with better chances for optimal vision achieved through custom or wavefront LASIK.
As for risks and complications, the AAO found that:
- 3.5 percent of patients reported seeing halos around lights following LASIK
- 3 percent of patients reported an increase in vision difficulties following LASIK
- 2.6 percent of patients reported vision fluctuations after LASIK
- 1.7 percent reported an increased sensitivity to light after their procedure
Many of these vision problems self-correct over time, but some will require LASIK enhancement to fully address. During your initial consultation, Dr. Khemsara can discuss the risks and benefits of this procedure to help you make the decision you feel is best for your vision.
If you live in or around Winston-Salem, Greensboro, or Kernersville, North Carolina and are interested in learning more about LASIK, please contact Summit Eye Care to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Khemsara today.